## Mathematics Department

Junior High Algebra and Pre-Algebra concentrate on readying the students for high school mathematics. Our programs also relate math to its applications in other subjects. Students who are ready, take Algebra IA as seventh graders and Algebra IB as eighth graders. This thorough algebra preparation readies the students for the HSPT (High School Placement Test) and subsequent testing into high school level math classes.
Students who do not take Algebra, take Pre-Algebra in sixth, seventh, and/or eighth grade to prep them for Algebra. Pre-Algebra concentrates on strengthening higher level basics such as operations involving fractions, decimals, integers, as well as basic geometry. Pre-Algebra classes use the Saxon Math Course Series, which is a spiral curriculum to continually reinforce concepts with increasing difficulty. Both eighth grade Algebra and Pre-Algebra classes actively prepare students for the HSPT. This is accomplished by in-class practice tests as well as discussion on test-taking procedures and strategies. Immediately before the official HSPT, eighth graders will take a practice HSPT during the school day. This test is set up the same way it is at the high schools: the same instructions, same number of timed test sections, breaks, and rules. Eighth Grade Algebra 1 ClassStudents will review all Algebra 1 Common Core Standards. Students will prepare for the math section of the HSPT. Students will also prepare for the Geometry placement test which consists of Algebra 1 material. Finally, students will begin working through the first three chapters of the Geometry text book. Seventh Grade Algebra ClassStudents will be introduced to new concepts in Algebra which includes: Inequalities, Polynomials, Factoring, Rational Expressions, and Graphing Linear Equations. Students will work in groups for cooperative learning and to complete a History Connection Project which highlights the mathematical contributions of individuals. Sixth Grade MathStudents will complete all 114 lessons which meet the sixth grade Common Core Standards. Lessons of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with whole numbers, decimals, fractions and integers, as well as percents, ratios, and basic geometry. Students will prepare for the Algebra Readiness Test which is scored by UCLA Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project. |
Mr. Chris Muir
5th-8th Grade Math |