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Math Pathway at Aki Kurose

In middle school, students start on a path that will lead them all the way to college math. The class sequence goes like this for students’ standards (or grade level) math class:

  • 6th grade math
  • 7th grade math
  • 8th grade math
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus

In order to be set up to take 4 years of high school level math, you need to stay at or above grade level in middle school math. Most 4-year colleges require that students took 4 years of high school math.

Most students at Aki Kurose take two math classes: a grade-level standards class, and an enrichment or empowerment class that acts to accelerate students’ skills at an individualized pace. This is to help all of our student mathematicians grow as much as possible in math during the year. Students are placed in math classes at Aki based on their performance in math the previous year, their SBA scores from multiple years, and teacher recommendation. Teachers are continually assessing student progress over the course of the year to determine their “just-right” math class. As students accelerate and get ahead in middle school math, they can take Algebra I and sometimes also Geometry while in middle school.  Acceleration class options are as follows:

  • 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Empowerment Tier 3 – bolstering of grade level skills in a small class setting
  • 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Empowerment Tier 2 – small group work on grade level skills
  • 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Empowerment for students with support services – MLL & SpEd
  • Accelerated Math 6 & Math 7 (for 6th graders) – two years of math in one school year
  • Math 8 for 7th graders
  • Algebra for 8th graders
  • Geometry for 8th graders

In some cases, students may take only one math classes and add in a second exploratory class. This typically happens when 6th graders are taking the Math 6/7 accelerated class, 7th graders take Math 8, or 8th graders take Algebra only.

College Entrance Requirements for Math – Considerations for High School Preparation

Two year colleges:

If you plan to attend community college, it’s a good idea to take Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II and Pre-calculus. Otherwise, you will need to spend money paying for classes that you could have taken in high school. Also, you won’t be able to get college credit for classes until you get to college-level math, which begins at pre-calculus.

Four year colleges:

Most four year colleges require at least 3 years of high school math and recommend that you take more. It is a good idea to take at 4 years of high school math if you plan to attend a four-year college or university.

FAQ:

Q: What if my 6th grader is misplaced and needs to change math classes after the school year starts?

A: Our 6th grade math team works to assess and adjust student schedules within the first quarter of the school year. It is possible for 6th grade students to move into the accelerated Math 6/7 class (space permitting) within the first quarter of the school year based on teacher assessment and collaborative decision making with student and family.

Q: Do students remain with their grade levels peers regardless of their math class placement?

A: We are currently maintaining sections of Math 6/7 for 6th grade students and Math 8 for 7th grade students. Depending on our enrollment, some 7th grade students may take Math 8 with 8th grade students, and we work to ensure there is a cohort of 7th graders together in these classes rather than single 7th graders in with all 8th graders.

Q: Can students take two exploratory classes throughout their three years at Aki if they only take one math class each school year?

A: It is very unusually for students to only take one math class all three years as our acceleration pathway typically involves students taking two classes at least in their 8th grade school year (Algebra & Geometry, or Math 8 & Algebra).

Q: Do students have to be in the accelerated Math 6/7 class in 6th grade in order to access high school math classes (Algebra & Geometry) during their three years at Aki?

A: No, 6th grade students can take Math 6 in 6th grade (along with an Empowerment class), then take Math 7 and Math 8 in 7th grade and move into Algebra (and possibly Geometry) in 8th grade.

Q: Do students stay together as a cohort in an accelerated math track throughout their three years at Aki?

A: No, we do not track/segregate our students at Aki, which is in alignment with Seattle Public School’s policies. All students have access to math acceleration, and placement is fluid and responsive to their needs throughout their three years with us. We learn best together as a fully inclusive community and maintain this equity priority in all of our content areas and across all grade levels in all aspects of our school environment.