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Mathematics is the universal language. Students learn to draw conclusions from information found in various resources. They will develop an understanding of mathematical operations and procedures and use them to test the reasonableness of solutions. All courses are problem-centered.

Class 6

Students in Class 6 review and master all the basic skills necessary to successfully transition from arithmetic to the process of algebraic thinking in preparation for Pre-Algebra in Class 7. 


Decimals and Integers
Exponents, Factors, and Fractions
Equations and Inequalities
Ratios, Rates, and Proportions
Area, Perimeter, and Surface Area
Displaying and Analyzing Data 

Class 7: Pre-Algebra

The Class 7 Pre-Algebra course builds upon the skills, habits, and appreciations that were developed in Class 6, expanding students’ foundational knowledge of integers, fractions, and decimals by incorporating variables and including all real numbers.


Algebraic Expressions and Integers
Solving Equations and Inequalities
Decimals and Equations
Factors, Fractions, and Exponents
Operations with Fractions
Ratios, Proportions, and Percents
Spatial Thinking
Area and Volume
Linear Functions and Graphing
Theoretical and Experimental Probability 

Class 8: Algebra 1

The Class 8 Algebra I course seeks to build within each student the important academic habits needed for success in a rigorous secondary school math program and to foster an appreciation for mathematics as the language of science and technology. As such, the Algebra I course teaches students to relate numerical and algebraic principles to real-world situations, to develop an understanding of algebraic operations, and to explore ways to gather, interpret, and display many types of data.


Variables and Rational Numbers
Linear Functions, Equations and Inequalities
Systems of Linear Functions, Equations, and Inequalities
Exponential Functions
Quadratic Functions
Factoring Polynomials
Experimental and Theoretical Probability
Radical Expressions and Equations
Rational Expressions 


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