Secondary Mathematics Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school counselor.

What is the new course sequence for middle school grades and high school grades?

You may find more information on page 19 and page 33 in the Program of Studies

What is the difference between the Algebra I or Algebra I Sequence I/II courses?

Algebra I is yearlong high school Algebra I. Algebra I Sequence I/II is a two-year high school Algebra I sequence. Algebra I Sequence I will be completed in the 8th grade school year and Algebra I Sequence II will be completed in the 9th grade.

What will determine whether my FOA I child takes Pre-Algebra 7 or Pre-Algebra 8?

Rising 7th grade students will be placed in either Pre-Algebra 7 or Pre-Algebra 8 based on where they are academically and developmentally.

The following criteria will be examined to determine placement in Pre-Algebra 7 or Pre-Algebra 8 course:

  • Pass Math 6 SOL
  • Math MAP score > 226
  • Earn a grade of “B-” or better in FOA I

What will determine whether my FOA III child takes Pre-Algebra 8 or Algebra 1?

Rising 8th grade students will be placed in either Pre-Algebra 8 or Algebra 1 based on where they are academically and developmentally.

The following criteria will be examined to determine placement in Pre-Algebra 8 or Algebra 1 course:

  • Pass Math 7 SOL
  • Math MAP score > 230
  • Earn a grade of “B-” or better in FOA III

Will students take a Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment?

Yes, students in the Algebra I yearlong course will complete the Algebra I end-of-course Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment at the end of the school year.

Students in the Algebra I Sequence I/II course will complete the Algebra I end-of-course Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment in their 9th grade year.

What SOL will my middle school child take in the Spring of 2019?

  • Foundations of Algebra Part 1: Math 6 SOL
  • Foundations of Algebra Part 2: Math 7 SOL
  • Foundations of Algebra Part 3: Math 7 SOL
  • Geometry: Geometry SOL
  • Algebra I:  Algebra I SOL

Will my child receive high school credit for Algebra I on their transcript?

Yes. Algebra I yearlong students will receive one math credit on their high school transcript upon successful completion of the course.

Algebra I Sequence I/II students will receive two credits (one elective credit for Sequence I and one math credit for Sequence II) on their high school transcript upon successful completion of the course in the 9th grade.

Does the Algebra I Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment count as verified math credit?

Yes, a verified unit of credit for graduation is based on successful completion of the course and achieving a passing score on the End-Of-Course (EOC) Standards of Learning (SOL) exam or an additional test as approved by the Board of Education.

Can the Algebra I or Algebra I Sequence I course be expunged?

Yes, the grade and credit can be omitted/expunged from a student transcript in a high school, credit-bearing Algebra I or Geometry course taken in the middle school. A Request to Omit/Expunge form must be submitted to the student’s zoned high school by August of the same year in which the student took the course.

Per the Program of Studies, if a student has a grade omitted from the transcript in a high school, credit-bearing Algebra I or Geometry course, the course must be repeated for credit in order to meet graduation requirements. Similarly, once a grade/course is omitted, that course cannot be used to fulfill the next courses’ prerequisite.

Can I rescind or revoke a request to omit/expunge a high school, credit-bearing course after I have submitted it?

All expungements are final as of the date the form is submitted. Grades and credits omitted from a student’s transcript as a result of an expungement request cannot be added back at any time.

Will a student be able to take Geometry in the 8th Grade?

Students who have completed Algebra I in the 7th grade will be enrolled in Geometry in the 8th grade.

What happens to a student who transfers into WJCC as a freshman and hasn’t taken Algebra I?

The student will be enrolled in year-long Algebra I.

Will students be able to take AP Calculus in high school?

Yes. These changes will provide more opportunities for students to take higher level math in high school.