As students move from 5th to 6th grade, it is our goal to place students in classes where they are both sufficiently challenged and supported. The graphic below was designed to help families and students better understand the various "math pathways" in which a student may be placed: On Grade Level, Single Accelerated, and Double Accelerated. Please note that both of the "Accelerated" pathways provide students the opportunity to access Advanced Placement math classes in high school. The math pathways in middle school and high school are as follows:
It’s important to note that this middle school pathway model differs from past models used in the Peninsula School District in that the single Accelerated group is identified and placed after the 6th-grade year instead of after 5th-grade. This change is being made to ensure that all students have the opportunity to master each grade level’s standards before moving on to the next course. Student progress in 6th Grade Math and assessment scores will be reviewed in the spring of 2018 for the purpose of identifying students for the single accelerated pathway at the end of their 6th-grade year. Students who were placed or invited to enroll in 7th Advanced Math as a 6th-grader must have shown evidence of mastery of 6th-grade Number and Operations standards and Algebra and Algebraic Thinking standards. These 6th-grade standards will not be reviewed in the 7th Advanced Math course.
Click here for more information about the content of each math course.
For more information on the math pathways and how placement was determined, please refer to the slideshow below. If you have questions about the various pathways and/or your student's placement, you may call the principal of the middle school which your student will attend or the district office at (253) 530-1009.
Peninsula School District is offering an opportunity for incoming 6th graders on August 21 and 22 (must attend both days) from 4:00-5:00 pm at Henderson Bay High School. Parents/Guardians may register their 6th grade only for one of the following reasons:
- Parents/guardians of incoming 6th graders new to the district who are seeking a math placement at a higher grade level (7th advanced).
- Parents/guardians of incoming 6th graders who are challenging the district’s recommended placement in the 6th-grade math course and are seeking an additional testing opportunity.
If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please contact PSD’s Assessment Department at 530-1070.
Deadline to sign-up for testing - July 30th, 2017