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Middle School Mathematics

Examples of Math Progressions

For Middle School Students Enrolling in Math 6 in 6th Grade

As students transition from elementary school to middle school they and their families often have questions about what math course progressions will be available to them. To ensure that all students receive instruction in the foundational K-8 math standards that lay the groundwork for algebra and higher level 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.

The charts below show the different math course progressions that students might take over the course of middle school and high school if they start 6th grade in Math 6. 

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

Sample Standard Progress

Option 1: Heading towards Calculus 

This progression could be considered by students who want to study Calculus in college.

Students who plan to study science or engineering might choose this pathway. 

6th Grade

Math 6

7th Grade

Math 7

8th Grade

Math 8

9th Grade

Algebra 1

10th Grade

Geometry

11th Grade

Algebra 2 or IB Math SL

12th Grade

Precalculus or IB Math SL

Option 2: Progression to Statistics

This progression could be considered by students who plan to attend college but are not pursing an option in which Calculus is required.

Students interested in social sciences or history might choose this progression. 

6th Grade

Math 6

7th Grade

Math 7

8th Grade

Math 8

9th Grade

Algebra 1

10th Grade

Geometry

11th Grade

Algebra 2 or IB Math SL

12th Grade

Statistics or AP Statistics

Sample Acceleration Progressions

These progressions are for students who may have the desire to access Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level in high school. To gain a single-year acceleration there are options in middle school or high school. 

Not all acceleration progressions are available at every school. Contact your school to determine what is available. 

Note: Skipping over a course or taking a course independently is not an approved acceleration progression in SPS middle schools. 

Option 1: Math 7/8 Compacted in 7th grade

6th Grade

Math 6

7th Grade

Math 7/8 Compacted

8th Grade

Algebra 1

9th Grade

Geometry

10th Grade

Algebra 2

11th grade

Precalculus or IB Math HL

12th Grade

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

Option 2: Double up in math in 8th grade.

6th Grade

Math 6

7th Grade

Math 7

8th Grade

Math 8 and Algebra 1

9th Grade

Geometry

10th Grade

Algebra 2

11th grade

Precalculus or IB Math HL

12th Grade

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

Option 3: Double up in math in 9th grade

6th Grade

Math 6

7th Grade

Math 7

8th Grade

Math 8

9th Grade

Algebra 1 and Geometry

10th Grade

Algebra 2

11th grade

Precalculus or IB Math HL

12th Grade

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

Option 4: Double up in math in 10th grade

6th Grade

Math 6

7th Grade

Math 7

8th Grade

Math 8

9th Grade

Algebra 1

10th Grade

Geometry and Algebra 2

11th grade

Precalculus or IB Math HL

12th Grade

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