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    Math Enrollment FAQ

    How is my child's next math course determined?

    All students should be enrolled in the next math course in sequence based on the student's current year math course.  Refer to the sequence of math courses below.  For rising 6th graders, the current year math course will be communicated from the elementary school to the receiving middle school.  Rising 9th graders will enroll for their high school courses online through the Source.  During this registration process, students will enroll in their next course in sequence.  If there are questions, contact the receiving middle or high school.

    5th grade math Math 6 Math 7 Math 8 Algebra 1 Geometry Algebra 2* Precalculus*

     *Courses after Geometry will vary according to a  student's high school and beyond plan. 

    What additional supports are available for students who need extra support in math in middle and high school?

    In addition to after school help and/or volunteer tutor support, many schools offer a second-dose math class.  At middle school, all students will be enrolled in a core math class and some students may also be enrolled in a second period of math which could be "Math Empowerment."  The course will provide pre-teaching and re-teaching to support student success in the core math class.

    At high school, all students will be enrolled in a core math class and some students may also choose to enroll in a second period of math.  This support course is aligned to the core math content and corresponds in name.  For example, students could be enrolled in Algebra 1 and Algebra 1 Lab.  Math-lab courses are considered elective courses and count towards elective credit.  Not all high schools offer Math-lab courses.

    How will my child's middle school or high school know if they need support?  How are students identified?

    Schools will review student data to identify potential candidates for extra support.  The data could include Smarter Balanced Math scores, course grades, and information provided by your student's current school. 

    Rising 7th and 8th graders may also be identified by their current year math teacher for support.

    Rising 9th graders will enroll for their high school courses online through the Source in the spring of their 8th grade year.  Eighth grade math teachers will inform students to enroll in the next course in sequence.  For rising 9th graders enrolling in Algebra 1, a student could be advised to also register for Algebra 1 Lab in addition to an Algebra 1 course.  Teachers may make this recommendation based on a student's Smarter Balanced Math score and/or course performance.  Students and families can decide if registering for a Math-lab course will align to their high school and beyond plan. 

    What does "support" look like?

    In some schools, depending on resources, the student may take an additional math course that will provide pre-teaching and re-teaching to support student success in the core Algebra 1 or Math 6 class.

    In other schools, support may be available after school through tutoring programs, or teachers may use instructional strategies to provide additional support during class time.

    Parents/guardians can also provide support; please see Family Resources sections of our Mathematics pages for middle and high school.


    High School Math Pathways FAQ

    How does my high school student choose their math pathway?

    Students must take Algebra 1 and Geometry before personalizing their math pathway.  Students are required to have at least 3 high school math credits to graduate.  The third credit should align to your student's high school and beyond plan.  Families and students can use the following documents as reference while making course decisions:

    All of the "pathways" documents start with Algebra 1.  What if my student already took Algebra 1 in middle school?

    High school students enter the pathway at the next course in sequence.  For example, a student who has been accelerated two years and has completed Geometry as an 8th grader, can enroll in Algebra 2 as a 9th grader.  Students can then choose subsequent math courses based on their high school and beyond plan. 

    Can my student earn math credits through Running Start?

    Students can take mathematics courses through Running Start in 11th or 12th grade.  Placement into math courses will follow each college's criteria and may include a placement test, review of SAT, ACT, or Smarter Balanced scores, or review of Seattle Public Schools transcript.  Students should contact their school counselor in order to officially enroll in the Running Start program.