Gateway’s middle school math program develops flexible and confident mathematical thinkers. We encourage learning through investigation, discovery, and problem-solving. Mathematics is taught through a combination of direct instruction, practice, and investigations in small groups. Gateway’s curriculum gives the solid foundation needed to succeed in middle school and to prepare for high school. Gateway middle school teachers work with students at their level, providing differentiated curriculum and online enrichment.

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Course 1

This math course for 6th graders covers problem solving; number relations, sense, and theory; operations with decimals, fractions, integers, and rational numbers; and basic algebra and geometry. This comprehensive, balanced course uses problem solving and hands-on projects to supplement the material in the text. Students learn fluency in the language of mathematics. More advanced problems called Problems of the Month will be assigned approximately once each month. One of these problems will become a math project.

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Course 2

In this class, students are introduced to the fundamental elements of Algebra. This math course covers problem solving; number sense and theory; and operations with decimals, fractions, integers, and rational numbers.  In addition, it covers factoring, ratios, proportions and percents. Students are introduced to equations, inequalities, functions and graphing.  This comprehensive, balanced course uses problem solving and hands-on projects to supplement the material in the text. Students learn how to solve for unknowns by using variables.  Students have the opportunity to extend and apply their math understanding with Problems of the Week.

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Course 2/3

This course offers a concrete approach to the concepts of Algebra.  It explores the foundational concepts of Algebra through a hands-on approach.  The class covers half of the high school level Algebra 1 course material. These concepts include operations with real numbers, in addition to understanding, analyzing, solving and writing linear equations and inequalities.  The course culminates with solving systems of linear equations and inequalities and students explore their applications. Students will strengthen their fundamental math skills while learning Algebra. Upon completion of this course students will be prepared to move into Algebra 1B.

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Course 3

This Algebra course covers most of Algebra I curriculum in one year. The pacing of this class is quicker than that of Algebra 1A.  Students who learn abstract concepts with ease and who can integrate mathematical concepts with little repetition are well suited for this class. These concepts include operations with real numbers; understanding, analyzing, solving and writing linear equations and inequalities;  solving systems of linear equations and inequalities.  Then the class moves into an in-depth study to understanding polynomials and nonlinear equations by learning methods of factoring, and exploring quadratic and exponential functions. This comprehensive course uses problem solving and hands-on projects to supplement the material in the text.

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Integrated Math

This course offers the second half of the Algebra 1A sequence and covers the second half of the high school level Algebra 1 course material. These concepts increase in difficulty, so more time is taken to explore their application, meaning, and to develop computational competence.  Material will include understanding polynomials and nonlinear equations by learning methods of factoring, and exploring quadratic and exponential functions.  Radical expressions and equations are introduced as is the use of the Pythagorean Theorem, and an introduction to trigonometric ratios, rational expressions and solving rational equations, understanding statistics, and the year ends with a study of probability.  After completing the Algebra 1A and 1B sequence the students have covered the content of a high school equivalent Algebra 1 class.