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Examples of Math Progressions

For High School Students Enrolling in Algebra 1 in 9th Grade

As students transition from middle school to high school, they and their families often have questions about what math course progressions will be available to them. Seattle Public Schools (SPS) is committed to making sure that every student who wants to take advanced coursework in mathematics has the opportunity to do so. To ensure that all students receive instruction in the foundational K-8 math standards that lay the groundwork for algebra and high math courses that students will take in high school, students will be enrolled in the next math course in the sequence based on their previous year’s math course enrollment. SPS is committed to making sure that every student who wants to take advanced coursework in mathematics has the opportunity to do so by providing specific opportunities for acceleration in middle school or high school.

These charts below show the different math course progressions that students might take over the four years of high school if they start 9th grade in Algebra 1. The charts are divided into three categories: Sample Standard Progressions, Sample Acceleration Progressions, and Sample Alternative Progressions.

Note: Some students are accelerated in their math course progression when they enter high school and will not need further acceleration in order to reach the most advanced math coursework available.

These options are standard course progressions for students completing their high school math sequence.  These progressions are available at all comprehensive high schools.

This progression could be considered by students who want to study Calculus in college as part of their High School and Beyond plan.  Students who plan to study science or engineering might choose this pathway.

9th grade

Algebra 1

10th grade

Geometry

11th grade

Algebra 2 or IB Math SL

12th grade

Precalculus or IB Math SL

This progression could be considered by students who plan to attend college but are not pursuing an option in which Calculus is required.  Students interested in social sciences or history might choose this progression.

9th grade

Algebra 1

10th grade

Geometry

11th grade

Algebra 2 or IB Math SL

12th grade

Statistics or AP Statistics

These progressions are for students who have identified a desire to access Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level as part of their High School and Beyond Plan. To gain a single-year acceleration, students can take two math courses (specified below) concurrently. Not all progressions are available at every school.  Contact your school to determine what is available.

Note: High school students may apply to take an out-of-district course for HS credit if it provides an opportunity to reach advanced coursework that would not be accessible otherwise, per SPS School Board Policy 2024.  Please contact your principal for approval.  Students who enter high school beyond Algebra 1 do not need further acceleration to reach AP or IB math courses by their senior year.

Note: Taking two math courses during the same school year (or doubling-up math courses) will require enrolling in the second math class in place of an elective.

9th grade

Algebra 1 AND Geometry

10th grade

Algebra 2

11th grade

Precalculus or IB Math HL

12th grade

Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, or IB Math HL

9th grade

Algebra 1

10th grade

Geometry AND Algebra 2

11th grade

Precalculus or IB Math HL

12th grade

Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, or IB Math HL

These progressions allow for adjustments to a student’s High School and Beyond Plan, for interest-based math enrollment, and plan for successes after graduation. Not all progressions are available at every school.  Contact your school to determine what is available.

This progression could be considered by students who want to attend college, take Algebra 2, and who score a Level 2 on the 10th grade assessment.  This progression guarantees placement into college-level credit-bearing math at many WA institutions for students who earn a B in the Bridge to College Math course in their senior year.

9th grade

Algebra 1

10th grade

Geometry

11th grade

Algebra 2 or IB Math HL

12th grade

Bridge to College Math

This progression could be considered by students who have taken Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 and would like to begin earning college credit while enrolled in high school.  Students who take this course are eligible to earn Edmonds College credit.  This course is open to 10th-12th graders.  This progression would allow students to still take high school math courses before and after completion.

9th grade

Algebra 1

10th grade

Geometry

11th grade

Algebra 2

12th grade

Math in Society

This progression could be considered by students who have taken Algebra 1 and Geometry and would like to begin earning college credit while still enrolled in high school.  Students who take this course are eligible to earn Edmonds College credit.   This course is open to 10th-12th graders.  This progression would allow students to still take high school math courses before and after completion.

9th grade

Algebra 1

10th grade

Geometry

11th grade

Business Math

12th grade

Algebra 2 or IB Math SL

This progression could be considered by students who have taken Algebra 1 and Geometry and want an application-based 3rd year math experience.  These courses are often offered through the Math or Career and Technical Education departments (CTE) at high schools.  The successful completion of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Financial Algebra will meet the 3rd year math requirement for graduation.  Students have the option to go to Algebra 2 or other courses in their 4th year.

9th grade

Algebra 1

10th grade

Geometry

11th grade

Financial Algebra

12th grade

Algebra 2, IB Math SL, or CTE Math Option