# Math Course Descriptions

## Algebra 1 Honors

Each of the following criteria needs to be met for placement in Algebra I Honors at 7th grade:

• Advanced Mathematics 6 or a year-long accelerated mathematics course
• Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT) score at or above the 91st percentile
• A score of pass advanced (500 or above) on the Mathematics 7 SOL test

## Mathematics 7 Honors (open enrollment)

This course:

• has a rigorous pre-algebra foundation with many extensions and enrichment opportunities;
• is an acceleration of the mathematics curriculum;
• requires students to master the content assessed on the Mathematics 8 Standards of Learning (SOL) test;
• is taught with a heavy emphasis on problem-solving.

### Students who have not completed Advanced Mathematics 6 may need support and/or require additional effort and study to be successful.

#### Grade 6 to Mathematics 7 Honors: Content missed includes

• Integer operations
• Understanding the concept of negative exponents using powers of ten
• Multi-step proportional reasoning and percent problems
• Solving two-step equations
• Solving inequalities and graphing the solutions on the number line
• Transformations of polygons on the coordinate plane
• Problems solving involving volume and surface area of cylinders and prisms
• Investigating theoretical and experimental probability
• Using the Fundamental Counting Principle

## Mathematics 7

This course provides the opportunity for students to examine:

• Algebra and geometry preparatory concepts and skills
• Strategies for collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
• Number concepts and skills with a focus on using rational numbers and understanding proportional reasoning.

### Which course is best for your child?  Consider the following:

• Open enrollment/Informed decision
• Recommendation of teachers/counselors
• A discussion with child and teacher(s)
• BOTH Mathematics 7 Honors and Mathematics 7 lead to Algebra in 8th grade
• Based on your child’s schedule, what is best for him/her? 