Mathematics is an integral part of the world around us. At New West we strive for our students to see mathematics as an artistic, logical, and problem solving endeavor. This approach encourages students to use, interpret, and analyze the mathematical phenomenon present in everyday life and in more specialized career fields such as computer programming, engineering, architecture, actuarial sciences, Graphic Design, and more. At New West a great importance is placed not only on student mastery of content standards but on the understanding of connections between mathematical concepts and disciplines.
1. Illustrate connections between concepts using a variety of methods
2. Develop and engage in rigorous problem solving that connects concepts to realistic and meaningful scenarios
3. Enhancing teaching and learning through an increased use of technology
6th Grade - 6th Grade General Math and Pre-Algebra (Advanced class)
7th Grade - Pre-Algebra and Algebra (Advanced class)
8th Grade - Algebra and Geometry (Advanced class)
count as high school credit and students will still be required to take 3-4 years of additional math in high school. Understand that 6th grade Pre-Algebra is a rigorous and fast-paced
course. Students and parents must realize that a large amount of time and dedication is needed to perform well in this class. Students in the 6th grade Pre-Algebra course should
expect at least one hour of math homework each night, and have the skills to be independent learners by taking the proper steps to overcome any difficult or new concept.
Grades 10-12Eighth grade students interested in taking Honors Geometry or Honors Algebra II must have a passing grade in the prerequisite class and take a placement exam to demonstrate a readiness to take on the rigors of honors material and expectations.
Students entering these grades have two opportunities for placement in honors courses:
- If a student is currently in an honors Geometry or Algebra II class and earns an A in each semester, he or she is automatically eligible to enroll in the next year's honors Math course.
- Any student can take the honors placement exam for the next year's Math honors course.
Honors Placement Exam Schedule
Academic Year 2016-17
Placement exams for this year were administered at the end of last year.
Incoming students (i.e. transfer students and those admitted through the lottery program) will have an opportunity to take honors placement exams for this year within the first one or two weeks of the year.
Academic Year 2017-18
Placement exams will be administered in the spring of the 2016-17 school year.