Mathematics

Math teacher lecturing about graphing circles

Our vision of student learning for mathematics in Northshore School District for all students to build a strong conceptual foundation for mathematical thinking, providing learning opportunities in a positive, safe, and inclusive environment in which all students can confidently explore, question, create, solidify, communicate, and apply mathematical ideas. We will pursue growth for every student, endeavoring to eliminate the outcome and opportunity gaps within our culturally and cognitively diverse population.  Educators will empower students to make informed and thoughtful decisions which will guide them towards becoming math-minded citizens and productive members of their community.

We envision mathematics classrooms where all students and teachers

  • engage deeply in collaborative conversations and in actively learning mathematics;
  • challenge, discuss, and stretch their thinking to form new connections within mathematics, across content areas and to the real world;
  • think critically to solve problems, building a strong conceptual foundation for mathematical thinking and communication in multiple ways;
  • have access to rigorous, equitable, diverse, and developmentally responsive curriculum that utilizes investigation and problem solving;
  • use the tools of mathematics including technology flexibly and efficiently;
  • show perseverance, resilience, and independence;
  • are empowered to take risks and cultivate a growth mindset;
  • use standards and student needs drive instructional decisions; and
  • are progressing toward college and career math readiness.

 

Standards

 

Adopted Curriculum

  • Grades K-5: The district adopted Math Expressions as the K-5 core math curriculum in 2009 and updated in 2013. The program is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
  • Grades 6-8: The district adopted Core Focus on Mathematics as the 6-8 core math curriculum in Spring 2018. 
  • Grades 8-11: The district adopted Prentice-Hall Algebra/Geometry/Algebra 2 as the core math curriculum for Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 in 2009.

 

Pathways

Students and families should carefully consider potential post-high school plans as students select math courses. Choosing courses thoughtfully as early as middle school will ensure that students receive the level of math instruction required for their college major or other post-secondary track. Please speak with your child's math teacher or counselor for more guidance.

Middle School Pathway

Pathway

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

A

Math 5

Math 6*

Math 7

Math 8

B

Math 5

Math 6*

Self-select 7th Grade Challenge Math

Algebra 1

C

Grade 5 EAP* (Math 7)

Grade 6 AAP (Math 8)

Algebra 1

Geometry

Highly Capable In-Class Services

7th Grade Challenge Math

*Students may opt to take Algebra Readiness Assessment at the end of the year. If student qualifies, they may begin Algebra 1 in the fall.

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High School Pathway

Pathway

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

A

Algebra 1

Geometry

Algebra 2

Precalculus or AP Statistics

B

Geometry

Algebra 2 or Alg2-Trig

Precalculus

AP Calculus AB or AP Statistics

C

Alg2-Trig

Precalculus

AP Calculus AB

AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, or IB Higher Level Math

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Assessments for Learning

Student progress in mathematics at the elementary and middle school levels is monitored using the i-Ready Math Assessment according to the following schedule:

  • Kindergarten: Winter and Spring
  • Grades 1-8: Fall, Winter and Spring

Students in grades 3-8 and grade 10 take the Smarter Balanced assessment in mathematics each spring during the last 12 weeks of the school year.

 

Graduation Requirements

  • 1.0 Credit: Algebra 1
  • 1.0 Credit: Geometry
  • 1.0 Credit: Student Choice*

*This credit is chosen by the student and is based on their interest and High School & Beyond Plan.

Parent Resources

 

Subject Areas