Math Bridge Courses for Acceleration

Registration for 2024 Bridge Courses for Acceleration is open Jan. 31, 2024, through Feb. 21, 2024. CLICK HERE to register!

Acceleration Pathways for 2024-25 School Year

Bridge courses for acceleration are offered to students as one of two pathways to Integrated Math I by eighth grade. You may access the charts that include the two pathways students in grades 5-7 may select to be considered for acceleration in the area of Math Acceleration Pathways .

Need assistance?
Please contact UDL Director Emilie Creehan at [email protected] regarding questions about Math Enrichment Bridge Courses for Acceleration. Dana Aviles may be contacted at [email protected] for all registration questions.

Bridge Courses for Acceleration: Key Things to Know

Eligible Students

Students who are currently accelerated in mathematics are NOT ELIGIBLE for the Bridge course, MAP pathway or Independent Study. Accelerated students must go through the single-subject acceleration process.

Course Overview


Students in grades 5-7 who are seeking to advance to the next level of math instruction.


Through the bridge course, students may advance to the next level of math instruction by:

  • Scoring 80% or higher on the end-of-course exam; AND
  • Participating in the 2024 Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)* in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.


(See below for course descriptions.)

Math 6 Bridge: Fifth-grade students seeking to test into Math 7 for sixth grade

Math 7 Bridge: Sixth-grade students seeking to test into Math 8 for seventh grade

Math 8 Bridge: Seventh-grade students seeking to test into Integrated Math I for eighth grade



  • When: March 7 - June 4, 2024 (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Where: Home school
  • Transportation: 5th grade students are provided transportation from their school to home during Trimester 3 only
  • Snack: A healthy snack will be provided to all Math 6 Bridge participants.


  • When: March 6 - June 4, 2024 (Monday through Friday, during the school day based on the established schedule at Brooks and Julian)
  • Where: Home school

Students must commit to continuing their learning during the summer in order to conclude course content and take the end-of-course exam in person on June 28, 2024.



  • When: June 10-28, 2024 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. OR 10 a.m. - noon)
    *There will be no classes on June 19, 2024, in observance of Juneteenth.

  • Where: TBD

REGISTRATION Jan. 31, 2024, through Feb. 21, 2024 (11:59 p.m.). CLICK HERE to register.

$150 ($25 non-refundable). The fee is reduced for students who receive free or reduced lunch. See registration page for details.

ATTENDANCE Consistent bridge course attendance during Trimester 3 and summer sessions is essential for your student’s success. Therefore, the attendance expectation is 80% for all Bridge courses. We expect students to arrive and depart on time every day, and that families will inform the teacher if an unexpected illness or issue arises which impacts their attendance. Attendance will not prevent a student from taking the end-of-course exam.

Brooks and Julian will communicate mathematics placement for the 2024-25 school year to families in July. Please contact Brooks Principal April Capuder at [email protected] or Julian Interim Principal William Lee at [email protected] if you have questions regarding your student’s math placement.

*Note about IAR: The IAR is a state-mandated assessment that determines whether or not a child has mastered grade level standards. This metric is critically important in determining academic performance for all students, particularly in the area of mathematics. In order to begin to phase in IAR as a component of math acceleration, mandated participation (not performance) will continue to be implemented this year. In subsequent years, a performance requirement will be added. IAR performance will inform, but not dictate math course placement.

Bridge Course Descriptions

Independent Study

Is your student unable to participate in the Trimester 3 or summer bridge course?
Independent Study is offered to current 6th and 7th grade students who are unable to participate in the Trimester 3 and summer bridge course. Please click the button below to learn more.

Independent Study

Important Dates to Remember

Bridge Course for Acceleration
(Trimester 3 and Summer)
Registration Opens Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Registration Closes and Payment Due Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Trimester 3 Session Begins

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 (6th-7th)
Thursday, March 7, 2024 (5th)

Trimester 3 Session Ends Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Summer Session Begins Monday, June 10, 2024
Summer Session Ends Friday, June 28, 2024
End-of-Course Exam Friday, June 28, 2024