Algebra 1 in 8th grade is focused on helping students continue to transfer their concrete mathematical knowledge to more abstract algebraic generalizations. As the branch of mathematics that teaches students the representation of problems or situations in the form of mathematical expressions, this course extends student thinking and prompts them to practice processes to problem solve. Topics introduced in Algebra 1 provide the foundation students require for the future success in high school mathematics, critical thinking, and problem solving. It involves numbers, variables, and mathematical operations in forming the meaningful mathematical expression. The practice of slowing down in problem solving is a skill that students can transfer from this course to the rest of their lives.
At St. Mark’s, 8th graders are given ample opportunities for leadership, growth, and independence in and out of the classroom. While the curriculum is rigorous and challenging, including high school level courses for Math, Science, and Spanish, it also allows for flexibility and student interest. Many of the projects that students complete are interest-driven, and teachers are prepared to be flexible and allow student inquiry to guide the learning process where possible. Support abounds with guidance in Advisory, Life 101, Electives, and Zero Hour as students are encouraged to take ownership over all aspects of their learning. Throughout 8th grade, students and their families also work closely with their teachers, the Head of Middle School, and the Head of School to move through the steps of the High School Admissions process. We walk alongside our 8th grade families to help determine best fit for the next step in students’ academic journey!