*Your A+ back-to-school action plan*

*Learn how to be more active and engaged in your child's education with seven tips. Written by Peg Tyre*

*Learn how to be more active and engaged in your child's education with seven tips. Written by Peg Tyre*

**Tip 6:** Don't trash-talk about math.

**Tip 6:**Don't trash-talk about math.

*Psychologists Harold Stevenson and James Stigler found 15 years ago that in countries that produce a lot of math whizzes, parents and teachers believed that math ability is like a muscle you strengthen with good instruction and practice. In the USA, where kids don’t do that well, parents think of math ability as a talent, not a skill. Do this: Check that nightly homework is completed (not on the bus). And watch what you say about your own math aptitude — it matters. *

# Math

**Our Mission Statement: To help all students reach a level of mathematical competence needed to continue their education in mathematics.**

**Course 1**

Course 1 is a rigorous 6^{th} grade mathematics class that covers 100% of the 6^{tth} grade California Common Core Standards for Mathematics. Students’ performance throughout Course 1 will be used in determining progression to Course 2 or Course 2/3A in 7^{th} grade. Key areas of focus in Course 1 include:

- Developing an understanding of ratio and rate and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems
- Extending the notion of the number system to include rational numbers
- Writing, interpreting and using expressions and equations
- Working with two- and three- dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area and volume
- Developing an understanding of statistical thinking

Textbook: Course 1, Math in Focus: Singapore Math (Houghton Mifflin), 2013.

**Course 2**

Course 2 is a rigorous 7^{th} grade mathematics class that covers 100% of the 7^{th} grade California Common Core Standards for Mathematics. Students successfully completing Course 2 will progress to Course 3. Key areas of focus in Course 2 include:

- Developing an understanding of and applying proportional relationships
- Developing an understanding of operations with rational numbers
- Working with algebraic expressions and linear equations
- Creating informal geometric constructions
- Working with two- and three- dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area and volume
- Drawing inferences about populations based on data samples.

Textbook: Course 2, Math in Focus: Singapore Math (Houghton Mifflin), 2013.

**Course 2/3A**

Course 2/3A is a highly accelerated (fast-paced) class in which 100% of the 7^{th} grade California Common Core Standards for Mathematics will be covered in addition to 50% of the 8^{th} grade California Common Core Standards for Mathematics. Students successfully completing Course 2/3A will progress to Course 3B/Algebra1.

Textbook: Course 2 and 3A, Math in Focus: Singapore Math (Houghton Mifflin), 2013

**Course 3**

Course 3 is a rigorous 8^{th} grade mathematics class that covers 100% of the 8^{th} grade California Common Core Standards for Mathematics. Students successfully completing Course 3 will progress to Algebra 1. Key areas of focus in Course 3 include:

- Formulating and reasoning about algebraic expressions and equations
- Modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation
- Solving linear equations and systems of linear equations
- Grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships
- Analyzing two- and three- dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity and congruence (including using transformations of translations, rotations, reflections and dilations)
- Understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem

Textbook: Course 3, Math in Focus: Singapore Math (Houghton Mifflin), 2013

**3B/Algebra 1**

Course 3B/Algebra is a highly accelerated (fast-paced) class in which 100% of the High School Algebra Standards will be covered in addition to 50% of the 8^{th} grade California Common Core Standards for Mathematics. Students successfully completing Course 3B/Algebra will progress to Geometry.

Textbook: 3B, Math in Focus: Singapore Math (Houghton Mifflin), 2013

California Algebra 1, McDougal Littel, 2007.