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CMJH Math Courses

MATH

MATH 1

Grade:  7, 8

2 Semesters

Math 1 includes a combination of number properties and decimals, expressions and equations, and number theory.  An emphasis on fractions solidifies student understanding of rational number operations in preparation for applying these skills to algebraic equations.  Math 1 also covers ratios and percents, integers, geometry and measurement, and data and graphs.  Guided Problem Solving strategies throughout the text provide students with the tools they need to be effective and independent learners. This course will be taught both with and without the use of a calculator, as appropriate.  Students at school and at home will use ALEKS, an adaptive, on-line math program.  ALEKS provides each student with a personalized learning path to help them review and master skills needed to be successful in their math class.

MATH 2

Grade:  7, 8

2 Semesters

Math 2 consists of a structured approach to a variety of topics including integers and rational numbers, equations, inequalities, proportional reasoning, percents, geometry, data analysis, and probability.  Throughout the class, students will be prompted to apply their learning to a variety of real-world applications.  Checkpoint Quizzes assess student understanding after every few lessons and offer the opportunity for formative growth.  Guided Problem Solving strategies help students develop skills to be successful, independent thinkers. This course will be taught both with and without the use of a calculator, as appropriate.

PRE-ALGEBRA

Grade:  7, 8

2 Semesters

Pre-Algebra provides a solid foundation in order to fully prepare students for Algebra 1.  Pre-Algebra includes basic Algebraic concepts as well as similarity and congruence, transformations, measurements, and data analysis.  Activity Labs throughout chapters ensure students receive the visual and special instruction necessary to conceptualize these abstract concepts and prepare them for advanced math courses. For a 7th grader to be enrolled in Pre-Algebra, they must meet the requirements of the CMJH Advanced Math entrance process.  The process includes a 5th grade PARCC math score, Scantron test scores, a CMJH developed mid-term test, and a CMJH developed final exam.  A 7th grader in Pre-Algebra is one year accelerated and needs to maintain an 83% or above by the end of 1st semester to remain in the class.  A student unable to maintain the grade requirements will be moved to a Math 2 class for 2nd semester.  If a student remains in Pre-Algebra for 2nd semester but fails to maintain the grade requirements during the 2nd semester of school he/she will repeat Pre-Algebra the following year.

ALGEBRA I

Grade:  7, 8

2 Semesters

Algebra I is the study of variables, constants, expressions, equations and their relation to one another and how they apply to our everyday lives.  Topics covered are:  solving equations, simplifying expressions, understanding order of operations, using properties, arithmetic operations with positive and negative numbers, polynomials, factoring, graphing (linear and quadratic equations), working with radicals and expanding arithmetic knowledge.  This class is for 8th grade students who are one year accelerated. For an 8th grader to be enrolled in this class, Algebra readiness will be evaluated using Pre-Algebra assessments, 18-week Pre-Algebra grade and Pre-Algebra 1st Semester Exam Grade.  An 8th grader in Algebra needs to maintain a “C” or above letter grade in order to be recommended for Algebra 2 at the high school. For a 7th grader to be enrolled in Algebra 1, they must meet the requirements of the CMJH Advanced Math entrance process.  The process includes a 5th grade PARCC math score, Scantron test scores, a CMJH developed mid-term test, and a CMJH developed final exam.  A 7th grader in Algebra is two years accelerated and needs to maintain an 83% or above to remain in the class.

GEOMETRY

Grade:  8

2 Semesters

In this class we will be exploring points, lines, planes and angles, deductive reasoning with formal proofs, inductive reasoning, congruent and similar figures, 2 and 3 dimensional shapes, coordinate geometry, and transformations.  A prerequisite to Geometry is completion of Algebra I with a grade of B or better as well as a recommendation from the student’s Algebra I teacher.