• # Mathematics Course Descriptions 2020-21

Pre-Algebra 7

This course focuses on developing fluency with rational numbers and proportional relationships. Students will extend their previously learned skills and begin to learn algebraic concepts that will guide students into formal Algebra and Geometry. Students will learn to think flexibly about relationships among fractions, decimals, and percents. Students will learn to recognize and generate equivalent expressions and solve single-variable equations and inequalities. Students will collaborate, investigate, and explore mathematical ideas and develop multiple strategies for analyzing complex situations. Students will analyze situations verbally, numerically, graphically, and symbolically. Students will apply mathematical skills and make meaningful connections to their life experiences.

Pre-Algebra 7 Honors

The Pre-Algebra Honors course is designed to provide students with an in-depth level of instruction, an accelerated pace and a cooperative learning environment. Honors students are expected to be independent, self-motivated and organized learners. The Honors level will have an emphasis on modeling and interpreting solutions and using multiple methods. Through this course, students will be prepared for Algebra with the proper vocabulary, methods, and meanings.

Algebra 7 Honors

The Algebra I Honors course is designed to provide students with an in-depth level of instruction, an accelerated pace and a cooperative learning environment. While Algebra 1A teaches concepts primarily at the concrete level, this course differs in the intentional, sustained abstract nature of the application of concepts. The course guides students in the development of critical thinking skills and algebraic problem-solving skills, which provide the foundation for real world problem solving.

Algebra 8 Part 1

Algebra 1 Part 1 course is the 8th grade level math class that consists of the first half of the Algebra 1 topics. The topics taught in this class are the number system, solving equations, solving inequalities, solving absolute value equations & inequalities, graphing & writing linear functions, solving & graphing systems of linear equations & inequalities, applying Pythagorean theorem and data analysis. This class will prepare students for the 9th grade course Algebra 1 Part 2, where students will complete the nonlinear Algebra 1 topics. This course will provide students with a strong foundation for students to succeed in Algebra and their future math classes.

Algebra 8

The content of Algebra I is arranged around families of functions. Building on their study of linear functions in earlier grades, students delve into piecewise, absolute value, exponential, and quadratic functions. As students compare and analyze families of functions, they will learn to represent them in different ways – as verbal descriptions, in function notation, equations, tables, and graphs. Students will also learn to model real-world situations using these functions.

Algebra 8 Honors

The Algebra I Honors course is designed to provide students with an in-depth level of instruction, an accelerated pace and a cooperative learning environment. While Algebra 1A teaches concepts primarily at the concrete level, this course differs in the intentional, sustained abstract nature of the application of concepts. The course guides students in the development of critical thinking skills and algebraic problem-solving skills, which provide the foundation for real world problem solving.

Geometry Honors

The study of geometry includes academic experiences intended to help develop students’ spatial sense, a recognition, visualization and transformation of shapes, figures in two and three dimensions, as well as inductive and deductive reasoning. Implementing geometric properties to real-world problems and other areas of mathematics is integral as shapes and figures are explored both synthetically (without coordinates) and analytically (with coordinates). Students learn to persevere through analyzing situations, hypothesizing, testing and proving conjectures, thereby discovering and utilizing relationships to work toward developing clear, logical and valid thinking. Proficiency in geometry bridges the eternal and the ever-changing; this course seeks to root its students in sound, timeless mathematical reasoning by way of today’s technological tools thereby empowering students to tackle tomorrow’s problems.