Middle School Math Independent Study

Registration for 2024 Independent Study 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 mathematics here.

Independent Study is offered to current 6th and 7th grade students who are unable to participate in the Trimester 3 and summer bridge course.

Need assistance?
Please contact UDL Director Emilie Creehan at [email protected] regarding questions about Independent Study. Dana Aviles may be contacted at [email protected] for all registration questions.

Independent Study: Key Things to Know

Eligible Students

Independent Study is available to current 6th and 7th grade students only. Independent Study is not available for 5th grade students as it is important that students transitioning into middle school receive direct instruction from District 97 staff, are exposed to the District 97 mathematics curriculum, and follow the scope and sequence outlined for the Math 6 Bridge Course for Acceleration.

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 currently in grades 6 and 7 who are seeking to advance to the next level of math instruction and are unable to participate in the Trimester 3 and summer bridge course.


Through Independent Study, 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.



  • Current Course: Math 6
  • Summer 2024 Independent Study Course: Math 7 Bridge Course for Acceleration
  • Course to Advance for 2024-24: Math 8


  • Current Course: Math 7
  • Summer 2024 Independent Study Course: Math 8 Bridge Course for Acceleration
  • Course to Advance for 2024-24: Integrated Math I

A course outline will be provided to students enrolled in Independent Study. Mathematics resources will not be provided by District 97.

WHEN March 6, 2024, through June 28, 2024

End of course exams will be administered to Independent Study students on the dates provided below only.

  • Friday, June 28, 2024 (Time and Location - TBD)
  • Friday, July 12, 2024 at 9 a.m. (District 97 Administration Building, 260 Madison St.) for Independent Study students ONLY
REGISTRATION Jan. 31, 2024, through Feb. 21, 2024 (11:59 p.m.). CLICK HERE to register.

No registration fee


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.

Important Dates to Remember

Registration Opens Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Registration Closes Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Independent Study Begins

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Independent Study Ends Friday, June 28, 2024
End-of-Course Exam

Friday, June 28, 2024 OR

Friday, July 12, 2024 (for Independent Study students ONLY)