The McAuliffe math department places a robust emphasis on building mathematical foundational skills as well as providing all students with diverse opportunities to excel.

In 6th grade, students take a traditional math class that focuses on endowing every student with the skills and concepts that they need to be successful in math for the rest of middle school and high school.  Occasionally, a 6th grade student will be placed in a 7th grade math class if they meet the following criteria.  If an incoming 6th grader has passed the district’s End-of-Year 6th Grade Math Test (at the end of 5th grade) and they score in the top 2-3% of all McAuliffe students on the PARCC math test in the spring of their 5th grade year, they will start at McAuliffe in a traditional 7th grade math class.

Upon entering 7th grade, students are placed into either a traditional or an accelerated math class for 7th and 8th grade.  Students who Exceed Expectations on the 6th Grade PARCC Math Test are placed into accelerated 7th grade math.

8th grade students are taught all topics assessed on the district’s high school math placement exam, which indicates to DPS high schools that a student should be placed on either a typical or an accelerated course of mathematics study.  Please see below for the progressions for a student through middle school math at McAuliffe into their first year of high school.

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