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The math teachers at Spring Forest Middle School are committed to helping all students in the acquisition of math skills. Through problem solving, SFMS teachers encourage students to write and talk about the mathematical processes in an effort to help students make connections within and outside mathematics. We all share the belief that “Math is NOT a spectator sport!” Our goal is to create mathematical problem solvers who can analyze any situation, apply their knowledge, and communicate their thinking.
The primary focal points of Grade 6 math include using ratios to describe proportional relationships involving operations with whole numbers, addition and subtraction of decimals and fractions, geometry, measurement, and probability.
6th grade Math Pre-AP
Sixth grade Pre-AP math combines the 6th grade curriculum with additional concepts from the 7th grade. These concepts include multiplication and division of decimals and fractions, percent proportions, squares and square roots, geometric concepts and operations with integers.
6th grade Math GT
Sixth grade GT math combines 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math. All middle school math concepts will be covered with an emphasis on critical thinking and application. Students must master the concepts of each of these grade levels in order to prepare for Algebra I in the 7th grade. (In order to participate in a GT class, the student must be identified as “gifted” by a district screening committee.)
The progression of courses for GT math students is:
7th grade GT math
The primary focal points of Grade 7 math include the modeling and application of operations with whole numbers, decimals, fractions and percent, algebraic reasoning, probability, geometry, measurement and statistics. Students will also be asked to use verbal and written explanations to communicate thinking.
Math 7 Pre-AP
Seventh grade Pre-AP math combines the 8th grade curriculum with concepts not previously covered in 6th grade Pre-AP. These concepts include number operations, proportionality, geometry, measurement, statistics, spatial visualization, and quantitative and algebraic reasoning. This course prepares students for Algebra I. Successful completion of Math 6 Pre-AP is highly recommended before taking this course.
The primary focal points of 8th grade math include operations with rational numbers, proportionality, algebraic reasoning, probability, statistics, geometry, transformations, perimeter, area, volume, and the effects of dimensional change. Problem solving will be incorporated throughout all concepts.
Algebra I 7 Pre-AP/GT and Pre-AP Math 8
An emphasis is placed on real world applications to develop concepts including functions, linear equations and inequalities, polynomials, systems of equations and quadratic equations. Critical thinking skills are necessary, so high degrees of self-motivation and a willingness to work outside the classroom are essential for success.
Prerequisite: Students enrolled in Algebra I Pre-AP should have mastered 6th, 7th and 8th grade concepts. Students enrolled in GT classes must be identified as gifted through a district screening process.
NOTE: Algebra I is a high school course. Students will be awarded one half high school mathematics credit upon successful completion of each semester of the course. Students and parents should be aware that all high school courses taken in middle school are reflected on the high school transcript. Semester averages for this course will be recorded on your child’s high school transcript.
The primary focal points of Geometry include logical reasoning, definitions of geometric terms, properties of triangles, polygons, congruent figures and parallel lines, area, volume, transformations, similarity, properties of circles and spheres. Critical thinking and application of knowledge will be required.
Prerequisite: Students enrolled in Geometry must have successfully completed Algebra I. Students enrolled in GT classes must be identified as gifted through a district screening process.
Note: Geometry is a high school course. Students will be awarded one half high school mathematics credit upon successful completion of each semester of the course. Students and parents should be aware that all high school courses taken in middle school are reflected on the high school transcript. Semester averages for this course will be recorded on your child’s high school transcript.