9th Grade Placement FAQ

What are the course options for incoming 9th grade students next year?

Math 1 or Advanced Math 1.

What are the requirements for being placed into Advanced Math 1?

Students will need to take a placement test to determine if they have mastered the prerequisite topics for Advanced Math 1.

When and where is the test for Advanced Math 1?

    • If the student is currently enrolled in BUSD, they will take the placement test at their middle school in April 2019.
    • If the student is new to BUSD and is interested in taking the test for Advanced Math 1, they will come to the BHS (on date/time to be determined) in April 2019.
    • If the student is unable to attend the test in April, we will also offer the placement test in August 2019.

What are the topics on the test for Advanced Math 1?

The test will cover all of the topics taught in Grade 8 Common Core math. See below for a brief description of the key strands. We realize that not all topics will have been covered by the time of the test and do not expect them to be. Students come to BHS from many different middle schools and topics may be taught in a different order.

How does my child sign up for the Advanced Math 1 test?

If your student attends one of the BUSD middle schools, their math teacher will communicate regarding the testing process. If your student is not at one of the BUSD middle schools, information will be sent out via the eTree. We will also post updates on the department website.

Will 9th grade students have the option to test into Math 2 or Advanced Math 2?

No, all incoming 9th grade students will be in either Math 1 or Advanced Math 1.

Are there any other opportunities for acceleration in math other than in 9th grade Advanced Math 1?

Yes, students will have one final opportunity in the spring of their 9th grade year. This process will include the student being given a chance to demonstrate their mathematical reasoning and communication by answering some open-ended problems. Their responses to these problems, performance in Math 1, and space available will be used. If selected, placement will require completing some additional work over the summer and taking a test over that work in August.

How does one qualify for Advanced Math 2?

You will automatically be placed in Advanced Math 2 if you receive a grade of “B” or better in Advanced Math 1. Alternatively, some students may choose to begin a process in their 9th grade year that would allow them to enter Advanced Math 2 their sophomore year. This will begin in the spring (usually first or second week of April) of 9th grade.

Do Math 1 and Advanced Math 1 use the same curriculum?

Yes. Advanced Math 1 is faster-paced than Math 1, and will cover more material. Advanced Math 2 will also be faster-paced, leading to Advanced Math 3.

What math course options are there for students in senior year?

Students who have completed Math 1, Math 2, and Math 3 can take AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, IB SL, or IB Math Studies.

Students who have completed the Advanced Math sequence can take AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, IB SL, AP Calculus BC, IB HL, or Math Studies. (See BHS Course Catalog for descriptions of these courses).

My child has an IEP (Individual Education Plan). What math class will they take?

With few exceptions, all 9th grade students will be placed in Math 1. Students with an IEP will get additional support as needed and defined by their IEP from their case manager.

My student passed the Advanced Math 1 test, but I’m not sure if I want her/him to take and advanced class. What are the benefits/drawbacks?

The main difference between Advanced Math 1 and Math 1 is pacing. Advanced Math 1 students are on a track to complete AP Calculus BC (one year of college calculus), in their senior year. Students entering the Advanced Math course progression should be eager math students who truly love math and are desiring a faster-paced course. For some students the workload associated with this course progression is a drawback.

Our aim is to make Math 1 a challenging course for all students, with supports for those who need it, and engaging challenges for those who are strong math students upon entry to the class. One of the many benefits of the curriculum we are using is that the lessons are written to offer this range of experience to our students, with multiple entry points for all.

What if I have questions about my student’s math placement?

You can contact the 9th grade Math Coordinator, see Contact Us.