Middle School Mathematics Courses

The mathematics program at Saint Thomas Academy is designed to challenge students with an enriched curriculum and to make appropriate courses available to all students. It is our objective that the students:

  • Become proficient at basic arithmetic and algebra skills.
  • Develop the ability to solve both routine and non-routine problems using a variety of strategies.
  • Become familiar with the use of mathematical tools, such as compasses, protractors, and calculators. Grade level refers to the year(s) students typically take the course. Students with varying math backgrounds may take a course during different years.

FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS - Grade Level:  6
This course is the introduction to algebraic concepts with a strong emphasis placed on computations with fractions, decimals, and percents.  Students will engage in an in-depth study of number theory, positive rational number computation, two and three-dimensional geometry and measurement, probability and statistics, and apply this learning to solve real-world mathematical problems.  This course prepares students to be mathematically literate, as well as prepare them for future math courses.

PRE-ALGEBRA - Grade Level:  6-8
This course is the foundation for algebraic concepts.  Students will engage in an in depth study of equations and expressions, similarity, proportional reasoning, integers, measures of center and data variability, and apply this learning to solve real-world mathematical problems.  This course prepares students to be mathematically literate, as well as prepare them for future math courses.

ALGEBRA 1 LINEAR - Grade Level: 7-8

Prerequisite
: Instructor approval.
Algebra I – Linear topics include the structure of the real number system, the use of algebraic symbols; a study of first degree equations and graphs; systems of first degree equations; introduction to exponents and square roots.

ALGEBRA 1 QUADRATIC - Grade Level: 8

Prerequisite
: Instructor approval.

Algebra I – Quadratic reviews structure of the real number system, algebraic symbols, and first-degree equations; it then moves quickly into the study of all aspects surrounding second degree equations and graphs; expanded systems of first-degree Equations; factoring second- degree functions and the quadratic formula; exponents and square roots; rational functions.

ALGEBRA 1 HONORS - Grade Level: 7-8

Prerequisite:
Instructor approval; entrance exam score
Advanced Algebra I deals with the structure of the real number system, the use of algebraic symbols, a study of first and second degree equations and graphs, systems of first degree equations, as well as factoring, square roots, and the quadratic formula. Some uses of a graphing calculator are explored.

GEOMETRY HONORS - Grade Level: 8

Prerequisite:
B or better in Advanced Algebra I and instructor approval.
This course first establishes the tools of geometry: methods of reasoning, construction, the coordinate plane, and types of measurement. Subsequently, it focuses on properties and applications of lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangle trigonometry, circles, and transformations.

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