6th Grade Math (MS Math 1)
At WMS, in Grade 6, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking.
7th Grade Math (MS Math 2)
At WMS, in Grade 7, instructional time should focus on four 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.
8th Grade Math (MS Math 3)
At WMS, in Grade 8, instructional time should focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.
At WMS, Algebra 1 is a high school level class intended for students that are ready for advanced math. Students may be enrolled if they have excelled on standardized tests and in at least one Pre-Algebra course (generally 7th grade math).
At WMS, Geometry follows the standard high school curriculum, though, with the exceptional talent already a year or two beyond age-level, concepts that many high school students find particularly challenging, such as proofs and constructions are emphasized. These foci offer 8th graders an opportunity for "deep understanding" not available through textbook drill and practice. Learning the material well is the goal of the class, not just completing another course, for these 8th garders are precisely the students most likely to need and use this material in the future.