The PV Mathematics Department provides a strong and broad curriculum ranging from Math C (Pre-Algebra) to Advanced Placement Calculus and Statistics. We recently phased out Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and replaced these core classes with Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2, and Integrated Math 3 (see below for more information about curriculum changes.)
All CUSD students are required to earn at least 30 math credits (6 semesters or 3 years) and must successfully complete Integrated Math 1 to earn a high school diploma. For students who plan to attend a California State University, 3 years (6 semesters) of math are required that must include Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2, Integrated Math 3. In addition, CSU recommends that students take a 4th year of math. The University of California also requires 3 years of math for college admission, but strongly recommends 4 years (8 semesters.)
MATH PATHWAYS AND CHANGES IN CURRICULUM
Over the past several years, CUSD has been implementing Common Core Math Standards in grades 7-12. The common core junior high classes being offered are Math A, Math B, Math C, Math B/C, and Integrated Math 1. At the high schools, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 have been replaced by Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2, and Integrated Math 3. Integrated Math 1, 2 and 3 primarily include the same standards as Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, although some of the main ideas are covered in a different order. Related topics are now clustered together so that concepts can be learned in context with more application-based problem solving.
The math pathways may look a bit different, but the end result is very similar to what has been offered in the past, including the opportunity to take AP math classes. Content in the junior high math classes no longer contains repetition of previous grade levels so an entire math course can no longer be skipped if a student wants to begin accelerating. One option that is recommended in the CA Math Framework is to “compact” math classes together, which means covering more content in a shorter amount of time rather than skipping important material. CUSD math teachers held monthly meetings and had release days to address this issue which led to the implementation of Math B/C and Integrated Math 1 as an accelerated option for 7th and 8th graders.