## Program Overview

All students at Hall receive a challenging and enriching math curriculum. Our program is aligned to the Common Core Standards and will prepare all students for a rich four-year math program in high school that is UC accredited and approved.

The CCSS Mathematical Practices, taught in all grades, allows students to learn skills by learning how to

1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically

The CCSS emphasize a deeper understanding of math concepts beginning at elementary school that will better prepare students for advanced Mathematics in college. The national recommendation is that students take 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math in middle school, and that Algebra should be taken in high school. The California State Department of Education recently released new guidelines that do not include Algebra in the 8th grade.

We recognize that we will continue to have talented and motivated students who are developmentally ready and able to do very well in Algebra I as eighth graders. Our math program offers:

1.

Students in Math 8 will take the following sequence of courses in high school:

Grade 9: Algebra I Grade 11: Algebra II

Grade 10: Geometry Grade 12: Pre-Calculus

2.

The CCSS Mathematical Practices, taught in all grades, allows students to learn skills by learning how to

*think*mathematically, rather than memorizing a complicated set of rules for each skill they learn. Students who learn how to think mathematically develop skills by using logic and number sense as they deepen their mathematical knowledge. The CCSS Mathematical Practices are:1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically

The CCSS emphasize a deeper understanding of math concepts beginning at elementary school that will better prepare students for advanced Mathematics in college. The national recommendation is that students take 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math in middle school, and that Algebra should be taken in high school. The California State Department of Education recently released new guidelines that do not include Algebra in the 8th grade.

We recognize that we will continue to have talented and motivated students who are developmentally ready and able to do very well in Algebra I as eighth graders. Our math program offers:

**Grade 6**– all students take Common Core Math 6.**Grade 7**– all students take Common Core Math 7.**Grade 8**– using the criteria of past years standardized state assessment scores, a standardized end-of-year placement test, 7th grade math class test and homework scores, as well as 7th grade teacher recommendations, students will be placed in one of the two options for 8th grade:1.

**Common Core Math 8**– a course that contains Algebra material as well as Geometry and Statistics. It is an entirely new course designed for college readiness.Students in Math 8 will take the following sequence of courses in high school:

Grade 9: Algebra I Grade 11: Algebra II

Grade 10: Geometry Grade 12: Pre-Calculus

2.

**Algebra I**– this is a fast paced CCSS high school Algebra I course.