Cherry Gulch’s math program balances the mastery of fundamental skills with critical thinking, problem solving and reasoning. We emphasize active approaches to engage students in mathematical concepts and applications.

This is achieved by aligning the math classes to the Common Core State Standards. These standards are the same for 48 of the 50 United States. Cherry Gulch’s math program also follows the traditional pathway that is outlined inside the Common Core Standards (Algebra, Geometry and Algebra II)

Cherry Gulch also participates in Lego League, TARC (Team America Rocketry Challenge), and Math Counts. Competing in competitions teaches students the value of mathematical concepts, as well as, teamwork in a fun and safe environment.

Cherry Gulch teaches to a wide range of academic abilities: ranging from more basic elementary math to algebra and geometry. Our small class sizes create the perfect combination of general instruction, group work, and one-on-one assistance. We impress upon our students the importance of being neat, organized, and being prideful in their work. All these elements combine to assist our students in being successful at Cherry Gulch.

**Progressing in Mathematics (Grades 5 - 6):**

Progressing in Mathematics is a course designed to teach students basic mathematical practices and thinking. Students will develop problem solving skills and mathematical reasoning so they can be confident once they enter into middle school mathematics. Other topics covered in this class are : rates and ratios, division, rational numbers and integers, proportional relationships, linear equations, measurement, functions and the Pythagorean Theorem.

**Junior High Math Fundamentals (Grades 7 - 8):**

Purpose is to formalize and extend the mathematics that student’s learned through elementary school. The Common Core Standard for Middle school math has broken the information up in the following 6 critical thinking areas. The critical units of study are as follows:

1. Relationships between quantities

2. Linear and Exponential relationship

3. Reasoning with equations

4. Descriptive Statistics

5. Congruence, proof, constructions

6. Connecting algebra and geometry through coordinates

**Pre-Algebra ( 6th – 8th graders):**

Pre- Algebra I is a course used to formalize and extend the mathematics that students have learned in the middle grades to assist with preparing them for Algebra I. The Common Core Standards break Algebra into 5 critical units of study that coincides with the Algebraic units.

1. Relationships between quantities and reasoning with equations.

2. Linear and Exponential relationships.

3. Descriptive Statistics.

4. Expressions and Equations:

5. Quadratic Functions and Modeling.

**Algebra I (Core – 1 Year Credit: 7th - 9th graders):**

Algebra I is a course used to formalize and extend the mathematics that students have learned in the middle grades. The Common Core Standards break Algebra into 5 critical units of study. They include:

1. Relationships between quantities and reasoning with equations.

a. Reason quantitatively and use different units to solve problems.

b. Create equations and describe their meaning

c. Solve equations and inequality with one variable.

2. Linear and Exponential relationships.

a. Extend properties to solve and interpret strategies

b. Solve problems graphically

c. Analyze and define functions

3. Descriptive Statistics.

a. Summarize, represent, and interpret data on a single count or two categorical variables

b. Interpret linear models

4. Expressions and Equations:

a. Interpret and write expressions and use them to solve problems

b. Perform operations on polynomials

c. Solve equations and inequalities with one variable.

5. Quadratic Functions and Modeling.

a. Learn properties of rational and irrational numbers

b. Analyze functions using different representations

c. Construct and compare linear, quadratic and exponential models and solve problems

**Geometry (Core – 1 Year Credit: Grades 9th and 10th ):**

Geometry’s purpose is to formalize and extend students’ geometric experiences. The Common Core Standards breaks Geometry into 6 critical units of study. There is also a strong focus on building and understanding proofs. The critical units of study are as follows:

1. Congruence, Proof and Constructions

a. Experiment with transformations

b. Create and prove geometric theorems

c. Understand congruence in terms of rigid motion

2. Similarity, Proof, and trigonometry

a. Understand similarity in terms of similarity transformation

b. Prove theorems involving similarity

c. Apply geometric and trigonometric concepts in modeling situations

3. Extending to three Dimensions

a. Explain volume formula and use them to solve problems

b. Visualize the relation between two dimensional and three dimensional objects

c. Apply geometric concepts in modeling situations

4. Connecting Algebra and Geometry through coordinates

a. Use coordinates to prove simple geometric theorems algebraically

b. Translate between the geometric description and the equation for a conic section

5. Circles with and without coordinates

a. Understand circular vocabulary and apply theorems to them

b. Use coordinates to prove simple geometric theorems algebraically

c. Apply geometric concepts to modeling situations

6. Applications of Probability

a. Understand independence and conditional probability to interpret data

b. Use probability to evaluate outcome of decisions

**Algebra II (Core – 1 Year Credit: grades 10th and 11th ):**

Algebra II builds on the foundation laid in Algebra I through working with linear, quadratic and exponential functions. The Common Core Standards breaks Algebra II into 4 critical units of study. The critical units of study are as follows:

1. Polynomial, rational, and Radical relationships

a. Perform arithmetic operations with complex numbers

b. Interpret the structure of expressions

c. Understand the relationship between zero’s and factors of polynomials

d. Analyze functions using different representations

2. Trigonometric Functions

a. Extend the domain of trigonometric functions in a circle

b. Prove and apply trigonometric identities

3. Modeling with Function

a. Create Equations that describe numbers or relationships

b. Interpret functions that arise in application in terms of context

c. Build new functions from existing functions

4. Inferences and Conclusions from Data

a. Summarize, represent, and interpret data on single count

b. Understand and evaluate random processes underlying statistical experiments

c. Use probability to evaluate outcomes of decisions

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