PfISD Accelerated Mathematics in Middle School
What is Accelerated Mathematics in Middle School?
Pflugerville ISD offers accelerated mathematics on all of its middle school campuses. These courses allow students to be on a track of coursework that research has shown will better prepare them for postsecondary education opportunities and entering the workforce.
The Accelerated Math Pathway exists at every middle school in PfISD. Students enrolled in our Pre-AP Math 6 and Pre-AP Math 7 courses will master all math concepts from the 6th, 7th and 8th grades so that during their final year of middle school, students begin their first high school math course of Algebra I.
Taking Algebra I in 8th grade allows students to enroll in additional, more rigorous math courses during their time in high school. Research shows that students in Central Texas who take higher levels of math coursework have better chances at earning a living wage and completing a postsecondary degree.
Below is information on how to enroll your child in accelerated math courses in Middle School, along with the benefits of enrolling in Pre-AP and AP Math courses.
Why take Accelerated Math in Middle School?
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By enrolling in Accelerated Math in middle school, students begin high school coursework in 8th grade, which allows students the opportunity to reach advanced math courses such as AP Calculus and AP Statistics during high school.
It is estimated that 2/3 of jobs in Central Texas will require some postsecondary certificate by 2020, yet only 42% of young adults in Texas currently meet that need. Data indicates that students who graduate high school with their highest math course being Algebra II only have an 18% chance of completing any higher education certificate within six years. That number rises significantly if high school students take Pre-Calculus (42%) or a college level math course such as AP Calculus (60%). The bottom line is advanced math is needed to earn a living wage in today’s job market.
How do I enroll my student in Accelerated Math in Middle School?
PfISD believes that every student deserves the opportunity to pursue accelerated math courses in middle school, and offers entry points into the program for current 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students.
Enrollment Options for Accelerated Math for current 5th, 6th & 7th Graders
Option 1: Entering 6th Graders — Sign up for Advanced Math when Entering Middle School
All students interested in Accelerated Math can sign up for Pre-AP Math 6 on their 5th grade choice sheet.
*Note: Every 5th grade student who performs in the top 40% in state mathematics exams will automatically be enrolled in Pre-AP Math in the 6th grade. Families can decide to opt-out of accelerated math if they feel their student is not ready.
Option 2: Current 6th & 7th Graders -- Sign up for AVID Summer Bridge Program
Students enrolled in Math 6 or Math 7 who are interested in moving into the Accelerated Math Pathway and taking Algebra I during 8th grade are encouraged to attend PfISD’s AVID Summer Bridge Program. This 3-week summer program is free of charge and takes place annually at our PfISD Summer School location. Students in AVID Summer Bridge practice mathematical skills in a high-engagement and collaborative setting and receive 60 hours of contact time with a PfISD math teacher. Students are required to pass a final exam to enroll in Pre-AP Math coursework the following year.
What is Hyper-Accelerated Math in Middle School?
Some students and families choose to accelerate in mathematics in order to take both Algebra I and Geometry in middle school. Students who choose to hyper-accelerate in mathematics are required to take a CBE test (Credit By Exam) and receive specific scores in order to skip multiple math courses. Registration information for CBE tests is available through our Advanced Academics website or through your student’s counselor.
Year in School Academic Math Pathway Recommendations Accelerated Math Pathway Recommendations Hyper-Accelerated Math Pathway Recommendations 5th Grade Math 5 Math 5 Math 5 6th Grade Math 6 Pre-AP Math 6 Pre-AP Math 7
*Required CBE process
7th Grade Math 7 Pre-AP Math 7 Algebra I 8th Grade Math 8 - Intro to Algebra Algebra I Pre-AP Geometry 9th Grade Algebra I Pre-AP Geometry Pre-AP Algebra II 10th Grade Geometry Pre-AP Algebra II Pre-AP Pre-Cal* 11th Grade Algebra II Pre-AP Pre-Calculus AP Calculus
Math Independent Study
12th Grade Pre-Calculus
Advanced Quantitative Reasoning
College Pre Math
*Students may take AP Statistics following completion of Pre-AP Algebra II; consult with academic advisor to determine math pathway best suited to future planning.
Are there other times in my student’s academic career that they can accelerate in math beyond Middle School?
Absolutely! Not all students are ready to accelerate in mathematics in middle school, and will take Algebra I in 9th grade. PfISD offers both Geometry and Pre-Calculus as Summer Bridge Programs during summer school. Any student can sign up to take these courses over 6-weeks in the summer and advance to the next course in their learning progression the following year. Students are required to pass a final exam to earn credit for the course.
In addition, some students elect to enroll in two math courses during the same academic year, such as taking Geometry & Algebra II simultaneously. This option should only be reserved for students who have the intention of taking an AP course their senior year, and cannot make a summer commitment to a Bridge Program.
More Options Down the Road
By taking accelerated math courses in middle school, your child is set up to have more options in high school. It is important that students discuss their options with both their family and school counselor. Taking advantage of PfISD’s Accelerated Math Pathway could help your child enter college with math credits earned and expedite their path to success in college.