6th Grade Mathematics
Students’ knowledge of whole numbers and fractions are introduced to integers and rational numbers. All of the number emphasis is intended to lay a foundation for the algebra expectations that are included in grade six. Students will use variables, write simple expressions and equations, and graph linear relationships. In geometry, students continue to expand their knowledge about 2-dimensional shapes and their properties.
7th Grade Mathematics
The main focus is the algebra concept of linear relationships. Students will understand the relationship of equations to their graphs, tables and contextual situations for linear functions. In addition, work in algebra extends into simplifying and solving simple expressions and equations using algebraic properties. In Geometry, students study 3-Dimensional measurement and similarity of polygons which also draws on ideas about proportion. Students apply their understanding of ratio in data-based situations.
8th Grade Mathematics
The main areas of emphasis are algebra, geometry and data. In Algebra, students study linear, exponential, quadratic (strongest emphasis) and cubic functions. Functions are studied through various representations: symbolic, graphical, with tables and verbal statements. Students solve systems of linear equations using various methods. In geometry, students study the Pythagorean Theorem, the Distance Formula, irrational numbers and concepts of transformation and symmetry.
This is an accelerated Algebra 1 course. Students study all concepts from 8th grade as well as the Michigan High School Content Expectations for Algebra 1. Each semester students take a common Final Exam. Students that pass the Final Exam with a 70% or more will move on to Geometry next year. These students are on track to take Calculus as a senior in high school.