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  • Math Acceleration

    In the Upper Merion Area School District we are proud to offer acceleration in mathematics in 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Each year we use a process specific for each grade level to identify students to accelerate in mathematics. This gives students four chances at acceleration starting in 4th grade. Each year a student has the opportunity to accelerate in mathematics.

    There are multiple paths a student may take in 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade in mathematics. 

    • On-Grade Level
      • By 8th grade, this is the recommended path for 40% - 50% of students.
      • Students take the grade level math course each year.
      • A path intended for students who enjoy math and would like a balanced experience between the humanities, mathematics, and sciences in high school.
      • Students take a two-year Algebra 1 course starting in 8th grade and completing Algebra 1 in 9th grade. 
    • 1-year accelerated path
      • This path is available for students entering 8th grade.
      • By 8th grade, this is the recommended path for 40% - 50% of students.
      • A rigorous path intended for students who would like the opportunity to take Calculus in 12th grade.
      • Students on this path will take Algebra 2 or Honors Algebra 2 during their 9th grade year.
      • Algebra 1 in 8th grade is an accelerated math course in our district.
    • 2-year accelerated path
      • This path is available for students entering 5th grade, 6th grade, and 7th grade.
      • By 7th grade, this is the recommended path for 5% - 15% of an entire class of students.
      • An extremely rigorous path intended for students who would like a math and science heavy focus for high school.
      • Students on this path will take Pre-Calculus during their 10th grade year and AP Calculus during their 11th grade year.
      • Students skip 5th grade math and take 6th grade math as a 5th grade student. 
      • If a student doesn’t qualify for this path at the end of 4th grade, there are opportunities to qualify for math acceleration at the end of 5th grade, and 6th grade.

    Please see the visual diagram of the different paths a student may take over the next few years. There are three opportunities to accelerate into the 2-year accelerated path: (1) Entering 5th grade, (2) entering 6th grade, and (3) entering 7th grade. The 1-year accelerated path is offered after 7th grade when a student is entering 8th grade. 

    Math Acceleration Decision Process

     The Math Acceleration process at each grade level includes multiple data points to ensure a student has the right opportunity for mathematics. The data includes school year assessments, course grades, PSSA Math test scores, NWEA MAP test scores, and PVAAS probability scores. Multiple options are given for students to meet the criteria to accelerate.

    An appeals process is in place for any parent/guardian/caregiver who disagrees with the math acceleration decision. This appeals process uses additional data, information from the student's math teacher, and information from the parent/guardian/caregiver. After the information is collected a decision whether to grant the appeal is made.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Sean Gardiner directly at sgardiner@umasd.org. All math acceleration decisions are handled through the Curriculum & Instruction office and not by individual teachers or building principals.

    We also have a Frequently Asked Questions website that will answer many of your questions about acceleration in mathematics. Click here to visit that page directly.

    Accelerated Paths

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Last Modified on April 23, 2021