McAuliffe offers a math course that can meet the needs of your scholar. Math is the only core content area where students are grouped by ability. In the 6th grade we offer three courses; your child will be placed into one of these based on diagnostic assessment results, historical math performance (e.g. in 4th and 5th grades), and other information provided by the family and previous school/teacher(s).

85% of our incoming students will take 6th Grade Math. 6th Grade Math aligns with the Common Core State Standards for grade 6. The course serve as a bridge between the concepts learned in elementary school and the expectations of middle and high school level math. Computation skills with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions will be further developed and reinforced. Students from this course are poised to take either 7th grade math or 7th Pre-Algebra the following school year. The 7th Grade Pre-Algebra Course is an advanced course. 7th and 8th grade content is taught in one year allowing a student to take 9th grade Algebra in their final year at McAuliffe.

McAuliffe offers two other math classes for students who fall on either end of a traditional bell curve. Our Sub-Separate math class is a very small class designed around the special education needs of our most challenged learners. At the opposite end of the spectrum is 6th Grade Pre-Algebra. This course is for gifted mathematicians who walk into McAuliffe with an exceptional level of competency in computational mathematics. This course requires a keen aptitude for problem solving and abstract concepts. Students must demonstrate diligence in completing assignments and the ability to handle a demanding pace and workload. This course packs 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math standards into 1 year. To be placed into Pre-Algebra, students need a very high score on the placement exam. Successful completion of Pre-Algebra places the scholar in 9th grade Algebra as a 7th grader and 10th Grade Geometry as an 8th grader.

The following table outlines the math courses taught at each grade level:

Sub-Separate Math Sequence Grade Level Inclusion Sequence (including remedial instruction as needed) Grade Level Advanced Sequence Accelerated Course Sequence
6th Grade Sub Separate 6th Inclusion 6th Advanced 6th + Some 7th 7th Grade – Advanced
7th Grade Sub Separate 7th Inclusion 7th Advanced 7th + Some 8th Algebra I
8th Grade Sub Separate 8th Inclusion 8th Algebra I Geometry