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. Seattle Public Schools 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.
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.
Sample Acceleration Progressions
These progressions are for students who may have the desire to access Advanced Placement (The Advanced Placement program allows students to take rigorous college-level courses while) or International Baccalaureate (Rigorous high school curriculum based on an internationally developed and reviewed curricular) 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 Seattle Public Schools middle schools.