Mathematics Course Offered at SBJHS:
Compaction: In grades 7 and 8, there is a “compaction” (three courses in two years) option for students who demonstrate evidence of handling the content, depth of knowledge, and rigor beyond the Common Core Math Standards of Math 7, Math 8 and Integrated Math I. Compaction focuses on the same Common Core State Standards content standards of the respective grade level in a faster pace. Students must possess above average mathematical computational skills with a strong conceptual understanding of grade level mathematics.
Math Plus Enrichment: In grades 7 and 8 Math “Plus Enrichment” courses are designed for students who demonstrate evidence of handling the content, depth of knowledge and rigor beyond the Common Core Math Standards of Math 7, Math 8. Plus Enrichment focuses on the same Common Core State Standards content standards of the respective grade level and includes additional topics and assignments (e.g., projects) that allow students the opportunity to connect their learning to other disciplines. These “enrichment opportunities should allow students to increase their depth of understanding by developing expertise in the modeling process and applying mathematics to novel and complex contexts.” (Massachusetts 2012). Students must possess above average mathematical computational skills with a strong conceptual understanding of mathematics.
Math 7 and Math 8: All students in this series of courses are exposed to high-quality mathematics program designed to prepare them to graduate from high school ready for college, a career, and civic life. The California Common Core Math Standards resemble the standards of the highest-achieving nations and reflect the importance of focus, coherence, and rigor. The standards stress conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application to ensure students are learning and absorbing the critical information they need to succeed at higher levels and can apply their learning in increasingly complex situations.
Math Support: This supplemental course is offered in grades 7 and 8. Students who demonstrate a need for additional time to meet the grade level proficiencies will be enrolled in a second math support class, in addition to their grade level math course. The purpose of this course is to preview and review content that will be in their math course. Additionally, teachers will work with students to assess the learning gaps students have and fill those learning needs that are pertinent to students’ successful math development.