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In order for students to be successful in an advanced 8th grade math class at BGJHS, they must:

• Have math skills that have been consistently above grade level as determined by Star Math or other district progress monitoring tests.

• Have mastered basic skills listed below  (without the use of a calculator)

1. Whole numbers, Decimals, Fractions, and Rational Numbers (add, subtract, multiply, and divide)

Ex:      668          1,345 + 12,997 =              78,000 – 3498 =                     5967 ÷ 27 =

X  74

Ex:   93.26           3. 74 + 27.3 =                   234. 58 – 12. 9 =                    987.5 ÷ 1.5 =

X     4.6

Ex:     3 5/6 + 2/5 =          7 8/9  x 4 =                           76 1/7  - 12 5/14  =                         2 1/2 ÷ 4/5 =

Ex:  -23(-45) =          -134 + 67 =                     -89 – (-564) =                      -970 ÷ 20 =

Ex:-34.5(62.34) =-89+ (-32

• Maintain an 80% average for the year – if the average goes below this at the end of the first or second quarter, then he/she will be removed – parents will be contacted about a better placement.

• This class is designed for students, who did not meet qualifying criteria for algebra or chose not to take algebra in 8th grade, but are consistently scoring above grade level in math.

Parent Information:

All math classes are being taught according to the common core standards, so all students are being exposed to their grade level material, which is rigorous preparation for Algebra I, regardless of whether they are in an advanced math class.  An “A” in a regular math class means that a student is mastering the grade level content, which is what we want to see.  It is not always an indicator that a child needs to be in an advanced math class.  Before making the decision to place your child in advanced math, please make sure he/she has mastered the basic skills.  Research shows that if a child does not have the basic skills, then upper level math courses will be very difficult.

If your child qualifies to take Algebra I in either 7th or 8th grade, please understand that he/she will still be required to take 4 years of math in high school.  For example, if a student takes Algebra I in 7th grade, then this will be his/her math schedule for the next 6 years:

7th – Algebra I

8th – Geometry

9th – Algebra II

10th – some type of advanced math

11th – more advanced math

12th – even more advanced math

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