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BPS Math Pathways Grades 7-12

26 May, 2023 | Uncategorized, All Chenery News | View Counts (992) | Return|

Beginning in 7th grade, students are placed in math classes based on teacher recommendations.

These recommendations are based on many factors including course grade, teacher observation of study skills, processing speed, accuracy and other skills, as well as Math MCAS history. ALL 7th grade students take one of two courses:

  • Math 7: a traditionally-paced rigorous course covering all of the grade 7 curriculum standards provided in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (10 units of study). Students completing Math 7 typically take Math 8 in 8th grade.

  • Math 7 Compact: a fast-paced rigorous course covering all of the grade 7 curriculum standards provided in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (10 units of study) as well as an additional 5 units of study of the grade 8 curriculum standards. Students completing Math 7 Compacted typically take Algebra 1 in 8th grade.

Following 7th grade, ALL students in 8th grade take one of two courses:

  • Math 8: a traditionally-paced, rigorous course covering all of the Grade 8 curriculum standards provided in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

  • Algebra 1: a fast-paced rigorous course covering all high school level Algebra 1 curriculum standards provided in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks while also incorporating the remaining Grade 8 curriculum standards not covered in Math 7 Compact.

While it is important to note that teachers make their recommendations based on where they feel students will be most successful, there are impacts in future years as it relates to required courses for students as they enter Belmont High School. The diagrams below outline the most typical math pathways for students as they progress through middle school and then into high school.

If you would like to discuss math options for your student please contact the Math Curriculum Director,  Jonathan Golden at jgolden@belmontschools.net.

Math Pathway from Middle School to BHS

Typical BHS Math Pathway