Explanation of Courses

Beth Tsoumas

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
(847) 998-5007

Kristine Patterson

Director of ELL & Bilingual Programs
(847) 657-2479

Tracy Tuchow

Administrative Assistant
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Grades K-3 Math

In grades K-3, teachers differentiate within their own classrooms.  At times, teachers may use the results of pre-assessments and re-group students by unit among the different classrooms across the grade level. 


Grades 4-5 Math

In grades 4 and 5, students may be identified for Advanced math.  This class may include more enrichment, problem solving and projects than students in the grade level course; however the standards that are taught are the same as the grade level course. The advanced course is not an accelerated course; however, these students grasp skills quickly and apply new knowledge and skills with more independence.


Grades 6-8 Math

Beginning in grade 6, students who were in the advanced math pathway will now be split into two different accelerated pathways which we call Single Accelerated and Double Accelerated.

Grade 6:

  • Grade level students will learn grade 6 Common Core State Standards.
  • Single Accelerated will learn grade 6 standards with enrichment.
  • Double Accelerated students will learn the most essential outcomes from grade 6 and then primarily focus on grade 7 standards.  To be on the Double Accelerated pathway for middle school, students are most often identified in grade 6.

Grade 7:

  • Grade level students will learn grade 7 Common Core State Standards.
  • Single Accelerated students will learn both grade 7 and grade 8 standards.  Students can be identified for the single accelerated pathway in grade 7, even if they were not Single Accelerated in grade 6.
  • Double Accelerated students will learn Algebra I content along with some of the essential outcomes from grade 7 and grade 8.  Most often, only the students who were already on the Double Accelerated pathway will continue in this course.

Grade 8:

  • Grade level students will learn grade 8 Common Core State Standards.
  • Single Accelerated students will learn Algebra I standards.  Most often, only students who were already on the Single Accelerated pathway will continue in this course.
  • Double Accelerated students will learn Geometry content along with the remainder of the essential outcomes from 7th and 8th grade.  Most often, only students who were already on the Double Accelerated pathway will continue in this course.