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Advanced Math: 7th Grade

Interested in advanced math for 7th grade? Sign up for the WAITLIST here!  

Spring testing is now complete, but please sign up for the waitlist. More information will be provided to waitlisted students and families in early August 2024!

Advanced Math: 8th Grade

Interested in advanced math for 8th grade?

RVMS students enrolled in Math 7 and Advanced Math 7 completed a placement test in May 2024. If your student is entering RVMS as an 8th grader, please sign up for the 8th grade placement test here. Students who perform well on the test have a solid understanding of both 7th and 8th grade math. A good resource to prepare for the test is Khan Academy: 8th grade math. RVMS Students currently enrolled in Advanced Math 7 will take the placement test as part of their final exam. The 8th grade advanced math course is called Integrated Math 1, and is the first year of high school math. 

Our Teachers

Danielle Justin, Math 8 Co-Teacher

Stacey Fong, Math 8 and Math 1

Simon Terrell, Math 8 

Nathan Willis, Math 7 

Kelly Wattell, Math 7 and Advanced Math 7, Math Department Chair 

TBD, Math 7 Co-Teacher 

TBD, Math 7 and Math 8

Math Courses Offered at RVMS

Courses offered

Math 7

This course is the second of a three-year sequence of courses designed to prepare students for a rigorous college preparatory high school mathematics course. Math 7 is a one year course which satisfies the Common Core Standards and will strengthen and build on students’ previous knowledge of elementary mathematics. Math 7 will focus on proportional relationships, operations with fractions, equivalent expressions, and solving real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.

Math 7 will focus student learning on three critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

Math 7 Support

(Currently not offered for the 2024/25 school year)

This year-long course is for students who need extra support developing their foundational skills and understanding of concepts in Math 7. The course will cover grade-level content, but with additional scaffolding and modifications specifically focused on fostering student confidence and mastery of arithmetic and pre-algebra standards. Students who complete this class take Math 8 in 8th grade.

Advanced Math 7 

This year-long course is an accelerated course that covers both 7th and 8th grade state standards for mathematics. Students must complete a placement exam, and must achieve a specific score in order to enter the class. The content is taught at a faster pace and in more depth. The course does not include remediation or review from previous grade levels. The advanced math 7 course moves quickly and students have greater homework expectations than regular academic classes. Students in advanced classes are expected to maintain a grade of B- or higher in the class to avoid being placed on academic probation, which may prompt a meeting with parent, student, and counselor, to discuss appropriate placement. Students who successfully complete this class take Integrated Math 1 in 8th grade. 

Math 8

This course is the third of a three-year sequence of courses designed to prepare students for a rigorous college preparatory high school mathematics course. Math 8 is a one year course which satisfies the Common Core Standards and will strengthen and build on students’ previous knowledge of middle school mathematics. Math 8 will focus on number reasoning skills, building to irrational numbers and exponential expressions, algebraic expressions, linear functions, geometric proof and construction methods, and descriptive statistics. 

Math 8 will focus student learning on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; and (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. 

Integrated Math 1

This course is the first of a three-course sequence in an integrated pathway (Math 1, Math 2, Math 3). Students must complete a placement exam, and must achieve a specific score in order to enter the class. Integrated Math 1 is a one year course which satisfies the Common Core Standards and will strengthen and build on students’ previous knowledge of middle school mathematics. Integrated Math 1 will focus on algebraic expressions, linear functions, basic exponential functions, geometric proof and construction methods, and descriptive statistics.

Integrated Math 1 will focus student learning on six critical areas: (1) extend understanding of numerical manipulation to algebraic manipulation; (2) synthesize understanding of function; (3) deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships; (4) apply linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend; (5) establish criteria for congruence based on rigid motions; and (6) apply the Pythagorean Theorem to the coordinate plane.

Our Philosophy

Our math program at RVMS provides a bridge from the concrete level of elementary mathematics to the abstract level of high school integrated mathematics and beyond. We believe in a community of learners and all of our math teachers work together daily to create a cohesive curriculum. Our goal is to make math meaningful, fun and challenging while building student confidence in this valuable subject.

Math Department Homework Policy

Math homework is assigned every class (with few exceptions). Unfinished classwork must be completed as homework. Graph paper is expected for all assignments unless a worksheet is provided. Homework needs to be turned in on time. Students are preparing to transition to high school and developing consistent work habits is an important component of that preparation. Students are allowed one day of make-up time for each day absent. Students are responsible for understanding the guidelines for completing and submitting absent work.

Homework Club

Tuesday + Thursday | 2:15pm-3:15pm | RVMS Library