Mathematics K-12

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Kelly Curtiss, 6-12 Coordinating Supervisor of Mathematics, Computer Science & Business Annamarie Altomonte, K-5 Coordinating Supervisor of STEAM/BSI/GRO

The Parsippany-Troy Hills Mathematics Department is dedicated to providing our students with a rigorous and thorough mathematics curriculum that establishes the essential foundation for future success in mathematics. We are also dedicated to promoting an overall sense of health and wellness for our students which includes placing students into their appropriate math course so that they do not experience undue stress or anxiety. Individual math course placements are determined collaboratively by the teacher and supervisor by a thorough analysis of each child's skill set and performance through multiple points of data. We know your child will be challenged in the determined math course that best fits their needs.

Elementary Mathematics K-5

Our K-5 mathematics program, Go Math!, is a six-year sequence for elementary students and is aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Mathematics, as well as the New Jersey Technology Standards. The K-5 mathematics program provides students with content-specific skills and concepts while developing a variety of problem-solving skills and strategies, thinking skills, communication skills, reasoning skills, and a positive attitude towards mathematics. Lessons are prepared and implemented developmentally, sequentially, and with the understanding that learning proceeds from concrete to abstract. Our K-5 math program will develop and foster mathematical concepts and skills, which are essential to everyday living, while preparing students for further mathematical study in middle school.

During the 2019-2020 school year, the elementary schools ran an accelerated pilot program in 5th grade. The main resources to support student learning were Grade 5 GO Math! and the Grade 6 Big Ideas Math Series. The goal of this pilot was to double the rate at which students moved through New Jersey’s middle school standards and increase the depth of knowledge and problem solving skills in order to meet the required prerequisites for studying Algebra I in 7th grade and then Geometry in 8th grade.

To view the specific course curriculum documents click here.

Middle School Mathematics 6-8

We want to create the most successful mathematics experience for all students as they transition from elementary mathematics into more advanced mathematics in the middle and high school. All 6th grade students will begin their middle school math experience studying a curriculum that is guided by the State of New Jersey’s 6th grade math standards. This course is called Math 6 and the main resource to support student learning is the Big Ideas Math Series. You can view the free resources by clicking here. This course of study will set a strong foundation for all students and provide many pathways in mathematics throughout the rest of their math career. Our dynamic middle school math teachers will focus on instructional strategies that put students at the center of the classroom. The 6th grade teachers will support students' learning needs at all levels through enrichment and differentiation. This includes enrichment through challenging problem solving tasks, extended work with integers and rational numbers, and intervention supports through flexible small group instruction. Depending on the students’ performance in this course of study, students will then be placed into either Math 7 or Math 7 Advanced. Success in Math 7 will then place students in Math 8. Success in Math 7 Advanced will then place students in Algebra I in 8th Grade. Placement into Math 7 Advanced will be determined based on student performance using multiple points of criteria. Placement into Algebra I in 8th grade requires that students have the prerequisite skills that are taught in Math 7 Advanced and meet the performance criteria requirements.

Below is the sequence of math courses in the middle school for students in the graduating classes of 2026 and older:

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*Placement into these courses is determined based on student performance and completion of prerequisite courses. Important note: Prerequisite courses can not be skipped or appealed.

Students entering 6th grade for the 2020-2021 school year who participated in and found success with the 5th Grade Acceleration pilot will continue with accelerated curriculum in 6th grade. Students in the 6th Grade Accelerated pilot course will study a curriculum covering the New Jersey Learning Standards for 7th and 8th grade. Success in this curriculum will prepare this pilot group of students to study Algebra I during their 7th grade year and then Geometry their 8th grade year. This pilot program does not reduce the students’ opportunity to advance to Algebra I in 8th grade. In fact, all students who are placed in Math 6 will have the opportunity to be placed in a pathway that allows them to move into Algebra I in 8th grade based on their performance in class and other skills assessments.

Below is the sequence of math courses in the middle school for students in the graduating classes of 2027 and younger including the Accelerated Math Pilot:

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*Placement into these courses is determined based on student performance and completion of prerequisite courses. Important note: Prerequisite courses can not be skipped or appealed.

To view the specific course curriculum documents click here.

High School Mathematics 9-12

Students entering high school will have many opportunities in their studies for mathematics. Placement into courses depends on both student performance and completion of prerequisite courses. Please refer to the High School Course Selection Bulletin for course descriptions and prerequisite requirements.

To view the High School Course Selection Bulletin click here.
To view the specific course curriculum documents click here

Below is the sequence of math courses available for students at the high school.


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