BMS Prairie Middle School Math Program
Our middle school math program has 3 levels: honors, average, and 6th grade math. All students study pre-algebra topics in 6th grade. This includes exemplars, geometry topics and ISAT test preparation.
In 7th grade, a majority of students (all honors and regular levels) begin algebra 1. Half of the algebra curriculum is taught in 7th grade and the remaining algebra 1 curriculum is taught in 8th grade. These students then enter into geometry classes as freshmen in high school.
The 7th grade (honors and pre algebra) Algebra 1 curriculum includes: properties of real numbers, solving linear equations and inequalities, and graphing in the x-y coordinate plane, some geometry, as well as ISAT test preparation and an introduction to the use of the graphing calculator.
The 8th grade (honors and pre algebra) Algebra curriculum includes: systems of equations, exponents, quadratic functions, factoring, and square roots, as well as continued ISAT test preparation, geometry and calculator work.
Students that do not take algebra in 7th grade continue with a general middle school math program in 7th and 8th grades. Their curriculum includes the study of fractions, decimals, signed numbers, percents, and selected geometry topics and ISAT test preparation.