• Math Grades 6 - 8

Grade 6

The mathematics program for grade 6 builds upon previous math knowledge acquired in elementary school while continuing to develop and apply problem-solving techniques. Areas of study include:

• Operations with fractions
• Multi-digit numbers, factors, and multiples
• Rational number system
• Algebraic expressions
• One-variable equations and inequalities
• Relationships between dependent and independent variables
• Area, surface area, and volume
• Statistical distributions

Grade 7

The primary objective of Math-7 is to develop algebraic skills and concepts and to become familiar with algebraic notation.  Skills and concepts taught in earlier grades are linked to basic algebra skills. Students will extend their skills and begin to learn algebra concepts that serve as a transition into formal algebra and geometry.  The focus is on using a wide variety of activities and tasks to prepare students for Algebra 1. The advanced course is for students who have mastered the rational number concepts and operations, who have shown exceptional ability in problem solving, and who have demonstrated a high level of abstraction.  Areas of study include:

• Fluency with fractions, decimals, and percents
• Operations with rational numbers, including negative numbers
• One variable expressions and equations
• Integer exponents
• Linear equations
• Graphing linear equations
• Compare data distributions
• Data sets and sampling
• Geometry-area, surface area, volume, congruence, scale drawing, informal constructions, three-dimensional figures, transformations

Grade 8

In grade 8 the mathematics program introduces students to the study of Algebra. Similar to grade 7 students are given the opportunity to enroll in an advanced course of Algebra which follows the same curriculum as the Algebra I but progresses at a faster pace and in greater depth and emphasis on problem solving.  Students also have the opportunity to enroll in a Math-8 to develop skills necessary for Algebra I. Students will review concepts from sixth and seventh grade and expand upon them in preparation for the formal study of Algebra 1.  Areas of study include:

• Real numbers, including integers, rational and irrational numbers, properties of real numbers, all operations, exponents, absolute value, roots and radicals
• Solving equations and inequalities
• Coordinate graphing, including relations, functions, graphing linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations and inequalities
• Polynomials, including all operations, factoring and solving quadratic equations
• Problem solving
• Data, statistics and probability