Secondary Math Pathways
Welcome to the Secondary (6th - 12th grade) Math Pathways webpage. The information found here contains information about SCUSD’s current math pathways and the changes proposed by the Math Pathway Committee. The committee met for 5 full days from January 2023 to May 2023 and included parents/caregivers, secondary math teachers, secondary administrators, and counselors with representatives from every secondary school. The committee’s goal was to create pathways that opened the doors to acceleration for students and still had a path for any interested student to complete AP Calculus BC during their senior year of high school.
Board Study Session
On Tuesday, August 15th, a Board of Trustees study session took place focused on proposed changes to the secondary math pathways. These pathways were developed by our Math Pathways Committee consisting of math teachers, parents/caregivers, counselors, and administrators from all secondary sites that met throughout the year last year and presented their recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
The major changes of the proposed pathways will be explained at the upcoming information/input sessions. These sessions are designed to be two-way so that we gather feedback and input. The team is interested in sharing information on the proposed math pathways, answering questions, and gathering input which will be considered in any shifts that we might make as a consequence. The purpose of these meetings is for the team to share the rationale and proposed pathways, and to also understand your feedback and perspective as we move forward.
Principals — All-principals meeting in August.
All Staff — Select from two meeting options in August.
Counselors — Counselors meetings in August and September.
SCUSD Student Senate — Elected student representative from each high school in September.
Select from five meeting options in September. The five family town halls will be held across the district to inform our community members of the proposed changes and hear their input, feedback, and questions. All of the town halls are open to all families. Translation and childcare will be provided at each meeting.
Families can attend the one with the date that works best for them:
September 11 at Buchser Middle School from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
September 12 at Peterson Middle School from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
September 18 at Cabrillo Middle School from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
September 20 at Huerta Middle School from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
September 21 at Callejon Middle School from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Proposed Pathway Roll-Out
Pending board approval, the pathways will be implemented starting in fall 2024.
- How were the pathways created?
- What happens if my kid doesn’t do well in the Algebra 1 with Math 8 compacted course?
- How does my kid get into the Algebra 1 with Math 8 compacted course?
- How does my kid get into the Algebra 2 with Precalculus and Trigonometry course?
- Who takes each pathway?
- Can I take Alg. 1 in 9th grade and then take geometry in 10th?
- Can my student take AP Calculus BC without AP Calculus AB?
- How will teachers be supported to teach diverse groups of students?
- What is the implementation timeline?
- If my kid is entering 9th grade this year without any skipping will they have the option to take Algebra 2 with Precalculus and Trigonometry and get to AP Calculus AB?
- Can my student still take outside math courses?