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                            Washington Middle School Math Placement Information

    For a number of years, SPS students have had the option of opting into a math class that is one course beyond the next in sequence.  Middle Schools have authority to make final placement decisions based on other information and space available. 

    Course

    Pre-requisites & Key skills

    Grade 6 Math

    Any student whose report card reflects he or she was taught Grade 5 Math standards in the previous year

    Grade 7 Math

    Any student whose report card reflects he or she was taught Grade 6 Math standards in the previous year

    If considering “opting in”, prior to enrollment students should be able to:

    • Fluently add, subtract, multiply and divide positive fractions and multi-digit decimals; calculate percentages.
    • Understand negative number values and the absolute value of a number.
    • Understand how letters (variables) are used to represent numbers in a variety of situations.
    • Solve one variable equations and inequalities
    • Use multiplication and division reasoning to solve real-world ratio and rate problems.

    Grade 8 Math

    Any student whose report card reflects he or she was taught Grade 7 Math standards in the previous year

    If considering “opting in”, prior to enrollment students should be able to:

    • Fluently add, subtract, multiply and divide both positive and negative fractions, multi-digit decimals and percents.
    • Solve mathematical and real-world problems using multi-step expressions, equations and inequalities that include variables.
    • Solve and understand problems involving proportional relationships and percents, including applications with similar geometric figures, discounts and tips.
    • Generate equivalent expressions

    Algebra 1

    Any student whose report card reflects he or she was taught Grade 8 Math standards in the previous year

    WMS does not allow families to “opt-up” into Algebra. 6th grade students will be considered for placement in Algebra 1 if :

    • Their SBA (Smarter Balanced) 5th grade score is 2650 (SBA must be completed).
    • The student expresses a strong desire to be challenged by this course. 

      If the student meets these two criteria, an assessment will be administered in August to determine eligibility for Algebra 1. Please contact the school to make an appointment for this assessment if you are interested. Some of the standards that will be assessed are:

    • Solve equations with one variable and pairs of equations with two variables.
    • Compare graphs, equations, tables, and verbal descriptions of functions.
    • Use graphs, equations and tables to represent real-world situations and solve problems.
    • Understand congruency and similarity; fluently solve problems applying this understanding
    • Understand, use and apply the Pythagorean Theorem.

    Geometry

    Passing grade in a high school credit eligible Algebra 1 course

    Algebra 2

    Passing grade in a high school credit eligible Geometry course

     Families are encouraged to be thoughtful about their math enrollment decisions. Students and parents/guardians should carefully consider a student’s math acuity, confidence, work ethic and strength of foundational mathematic skills before enrolling in an advanced math pathway.