Middle School Math Enrichment Program

District 97 will offer Math Enrichment Bridge Courses for Acceleration and Summer Math Review Courses for students in grades 5-7. Below you will find course descriptions for all bridge and review courses being offered this year. Registration forms may be accessed in each section. 

Please contact Dr. Tawanda Lawrence at [email protected] regarding questions about Math Enrichment Bridge Courses for Acceleration and Summer Math Review Courses. Dana Aviles may be contacted at [email protected] for all registration questions.

Math Enrichment Bridge Courses for Acceleration

Students in grades 5-7 who are interested will receive the opportunity to learn course content to advance to the next level of math instruction.

All bridge courses for acceleration will begin in Trimester 3 (March 4 - June 7) and continue during the summer (June 13 - July 1 (M-F), 8-10 a.m. or 10 a.m.-12 p.m., location TBD) with NO CLASSES on June 20 and June 28. During Trimester 3, 6th and 7th grade students will have the option of exploring the Illinois Learning Standards for the bridge course during the school day at Brooks or Julian or virtually on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Fifth-grade students will be provided this course at their home school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All students in grades 5-7 who participate in a Trimester 3 bridge course for acceleration must commit to continuing their learning during the summer in order to conclude the course content and take the end of the program exam. Students must participate during Trimester 3 and the summer in order to complete this course. Students who score 80% or higher on the end of program exam and participate in the 2022 Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics will advance to the next level of mathematics for the next school year.

2022 Math Enrichment Bridge Courses for Acceleration (Trimester 3 + summer)
Math 6 Bridge Course for Acceleration

Current 5th grade students
- Test into Math 7 

Math 7 Bridge Course for Acceleration

Current Math 6/7 students 
- Test into Math 8 

Math 8 Bridge Course for Acceleration

Current Math 7/8 students 
- Test into Algebra I 

Registration will open on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. 
Registration will close and payment is due on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. 
The registration fee for this course is $180.00 which includes a $25 non-refundable deposit.

Independent Study Course

Current 6th and 7th grade students who are unable to attend the Middle School Math Enrichment Bridge courses during the school day or on Saturdays have the opportunity to enroll in Independent Study.

Students who enroll in Independent Study must be able to attend one of the testing dates. Students who score 80% or higher on the end of program exam and participate in the 2022 Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics will advance to the next level of mathematics for the next school year. Independent Study curricular resources will not be provided by District 97. Similar to previous years, District 97 will be offering two testing dates: Friday, July 1, 2022, OR Friday, July 15, 2022 (for Independent Study students ONLY) at 9 a.m. at District 97's District Office located at 260 Madison Street. 

Registration will open on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. 
Registration will close and payment is due on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, by 11:59 p.m
There is no registration fee for the Independent Study Course for Acceleration. 

Summer Math Review Courses

Students in grades 5-7 who are interested will receive a review of course content from the previous school year.

Review courses will continue to be offered to all students in grades 5-7 during the summer only to provide opportunities for students to review grade level Illinois Learning Standards in mathematics and engage in challenging performance tasks. Similar to previous years, summer math review courses will be offered (June 13 - July 1 (M-F), 8-10 a.m. or 10 a.m.-12 p.m., location TBD) with NO CLASSES on June 20 and June 28. 

2022 Summer Math Review Courses

  • Introduction to Middle School Math Current 5th grade students
  • Math 6/7 Review
  • Current 6th grade students
  • Math 7/8 Review
  • Current 7th grade students

Registration will open on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022
Registration will close and payment is due on Monday, April 25, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. 

The registration fee for this course is $60.00 which includes a $15 non-refundable deposit.

Middle School Math Enrichment Course Descriptions

Current 5th Grade Students:

Incoming 6th grade students have the opportunity to take the Introduction to Middle School Math Review course or Math 6 Bridge Course for Acceleration

Introduction to Middle School Math Review

This class will be held during the summer (June 13 - July 1 (M-F), 8-10 a.m. or 10 a.m.-12 p.m., location TBD) NO CLASSES on June 20 and June 28. The course is designed to prepare 5th grade students for middle school mathematics. Classes will provide additional support to students who need to review the 5th grade Illinois Learning Standards in mathematics. There will also be opportunities for students desiring to be challenged. Topics covered will include fraction and decimal operations, proportions, and geometry. Homework will not be given for this class.

Math 6 Bridge Course for Acceleration (current 5th grade students will test into Math 7)

This class will begin Trimester 3 meeting two days a week for 1.5 hours each day as well as continue during the summer (June 13 - July 1 (M-F) 8-10 a.m. or 10 a.m.-12 p.m., location TBD) NO CLASSES on June 20 and June 28. The course will focus on the skills and content from Math 6. Topics covered will include understanding ratio concepts and using ratio reasoning to solve problems; applying and extending previous understandings of:

  • multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions;
  • numbers to the system of rational numbers;
  • arithmetic to algebraic expressions; 
  • reasoning about and solving one-variable equations and inequalities;
  • and representing and analyzing quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables.

Students who score 80% or higher on the end of program exam and participate in the 2022 Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics will advance to Math 7 for the next school year. Students can expect to receive homework for this class.

Current 6th Grade Students

Incoming 7th grade students have the opportunity to take the Math 6/7 Review course or Math 7 Bridge Course for Acceleration.

Math 6/7 Review

This class will be held during the summer (June 13 - July 1 (M-F) 8 a.m.-10 a.m. or 10 a.m.-12 p.m., location TBD) NO CLASSES on June 20 and June 28. The course will focus on digging deeper into the skills from Math 6/7. Topics covered will include fraction and decimal operations, ratios, proportions and geometry. Homework will not be given for this class.

Math 7 Bridge Course for Acceleration (current math 6/7 students will test into Math 8)

This class will begin Trimester 3 meeting during the school day for approximately 3 hours a week as well as continue during the summer (June 13 - July 1 (M-F) 8-10 a.m. or 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., location TBD) NO CLASSES. The course will focus on the skills and content from Math 7. Topics covered will include analyzing proportional relationships; applying and extending previous understandings of operations with fractions; using properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions and solving real-life and mathematical problems using algebraic expressions and equations. Students who score 80% or higher on the end of the program exam and participate in the 2022 Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics will advance to Math 8 for the next school year. Students can expect to receive homework for this class.

Current 7th Grade Students

Incoming 8th grade students have the opportunity to take the Math 7/8 Review course or Math 8 Bridge Course for Acceleration

Math 7/8 Review

This class will be held during the summer (June 13 - July 1 (M-F) 8-10 a.m. or 10 a.m.-12 p.m., location TBD) NO CLASSES on June 20 and June 28. The course will focus on digging deeper into the skills from Math 7/8.  Topics covered will include solving algebraic equations, number sense with fractions and integers, and proportional reasoning.  Homework will not be given for this class.

Math 8 Bridge Course for Acceleration (current Math 7/8 students will test into Algebra 1) 

This class will begin Trimester 3 meeting during the school day for approximately 3 hours a week as well as continue during the summer (June 13 - July 1 (M-F) 8 a.m.-10 a.m. or 10 a.m.-12 p.m., location TBD) NO CLASSES on June 20 and June 28. The course will focus on the skills and content from Math 8. Topics covered will include working with radicals and integer exponents, understanding the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations; analyzing and solving linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations; defining, evaluating, and comparing functions; using functions to model relationships between quantities; understanding congruence and similarity using physical models, transparencies, or geometry software and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. Students who score 80% or higher on the end of program exam and participate in the 2022 Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics will advance to Algebra I for the next school year.  Students can expect to receive homework for this class.

Independent Study

If your incoming 7th or 8th grade student is unable to participate in the bridge course for acceleration, you may choose an Independent Study option. Independent Study is not available for incoming 6th grade students. The table below outlines the courses for Independent Study:

2022 MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH INDEPENDENT STUDY

Current GRADE

Current Course

2022 Summer Independent Study Course

Course to Advance to for 2022-2023

6th Grade

Math 6/7

Math 7 Bridge Course for Acceleration

Math 8

7th Grade

Math 7/8

Math 8 Bridge Course for Acceleration

Algebra I

End of Program exams will be administered to students on the dates provided below only.  Students who score 80% or higher on the end of program exam and participate in the 2022 Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics will advance to the next level of mathematics for the next school year.

  • Friday, July 1, 2022 (Time and Location - TBD)
  • Friday, July 15, 2022 at 9 a.m. (District Office located at 260 Madison Street) for Independent Study students ONLY

Mathematics Course Placement:

The Math Bridge Courses for Acceleration provide students an additional opportunity to advance to the next level of math for the 2022-2023 school year. If a student does not meet the criteria via a Bridge Course for Acceleration, Brooks and Julian will use the data points provided below to determine the student’s mathematics placement. Mathematics placement for the 2022-2023 school year will be communicated to families in June.

Northwest Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress 
(NWEA MAP)
Grades 5-7

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)
Grades 5-7

D97 6th Grade Math Placement Assessment
Grade 5 ONLY

 

Spring NWEA MAP will be administered in May and results will be used to identify mathematics placement. More information will be forthcoming.

Students must participate in the 2022 Illinois Assessment of Readiness in the areas of English Language Arts/Literacy and mathematics.

The D97 6th Grade Math Placement Assessment will be administered to all 5th grade students in May. Students must score at least 21 correct out of 26 Level 1,2, & 3 questions (Proficient in foundational and advanced 6th grade math standards).