Which Math Classes Should My Child Take in Middle School?

As a concerned and active parent, you want to be aware of what you're children are learning in school and make sure they are getting the best education possible. Keep reading to learn some basic information about math classes in middle school.

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Middle School Math Classes: Info for Parents

Basics of Middle School Math

In most middle schools, students attend basic math classes that are aligned with their state's content standards. Students and parents don't tend to have a choice regarding the specific classes that students are enrolled in. Instead, students usually learn the foundational math skills they'll need to successfully complete future math courses in high school and college.

Middle School Math Curriculum

Although you won't be able to select classes for your child, it's helpful to know the lessons and skills that should be taught in the math classes. With this information, you can help your child prepare and study for the middle school math content, and you can look into ways to provide advanced lessons if you desire to challenge your child. In middle school, besides lessons that help students continue to advance their skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and working with fractions, students will also receive instruction in the following four areas: (1) ratios and proportional relationships, (2) algebraic expressions and equations, (3) geometry and (4) statistics and probability.

Honors Math Classes

If your student has consistently demonstrated above average skills in math, you may want to talk to a counselor about getting him placed in an advanced class. Most middle schools have honors classes available for the core subject areas. To be considered for these classes, your child may have to take a test and have approval from his or her regular math class teacher.

School Math Programs

For additional practice and challenge in math, encourage your child to become involved in special math programs at school. Many schools have math clubs or competitive teams that work with math content beyond the standards that are taught. These programs are usually held after school and are free to participate in. Students are able to get involved with enrichment activities and are often introduced to advanced math concepts that are found at the high school and even college levels.

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