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Math Placement

In middle school we offer a validation exam for those students in sixth grade, that currently have a very strong performance in their math class, to partake in a set of validation exams to place into Algebra MS for their seventh grade math course. This is an optional process and is not required. In fact, please note that the traditional middle school pathway (without skipping a grade level) offered to all students will allow them to complete middle school in an Algebra course, high school in a Calculus course, and meet all graduation and A-G college requirements. With that said, if your student wants to partake in the validation process, please look at the following documents to help guide you on how to do so. 

Below you can find links to helpful resources and information regarding math placement.

Information on PAUSD Math Placement


  • Keith Casey
  • Richard Hung
  • Cherish Larsen
  • Bryan Nabas
  • Rima Parekh
  • Lauren Priddy
  • Becky Rea, Instructional Leader

Math Course Descriptions

Common Core Content Standards are taught in all math classes. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each math course offered and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.



Students will link to the online textbook through the student portal. Parents can follow these instructions to get to the online textbooks:

Common Core Mathematical Practice Standards

  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
  • Look for and make use of structure.
  • Attend to precision.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Common Core Content Standards