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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien,WA 98166

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Monday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Math

Our Beliefs

All students will graduate from Highline as successful mathematicians who understand high-level mathematics in ways that are RELEVANT, INTERACTIVE, and JOYFUL.

Student-centered classrooms that are inclusive, equity-focused, and standards-based will enable students to find meaningful mathematical applications in their everyday lives.

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Elementary students working with scales

Learning Standards

Highline students will develop deep mathematical understanding of the content standards through the eight mathematical practices, as articulated in our Washington State K-12 Standards. Student achievement will be supported through the Effective Practices for Equitable Mathematics Teaching from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Students will experience a classroom environment that encourages risk-taking, learning from mistakes, and the promotion of a growth mindset.

Equitable Practices for Equitable Mathematics Teaching 

  • Establish mathematics goals to focus learning
  • Implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem solving
  • Use and connect mathematical representations
  • Facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse
  • Pose purposeful questions
  • Build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding
  • Support productive struggle in learning mathematics
  • Elicit and use evidence of student thinking

Mathematical Attitudes

  • Math is challenging and involves wonder, curiosity, and productive struggle.
  • Students will engage in mathematics that include number sense, fluency and problem solving.
  • Learning is a social endeavor.
  • Different viewpoints and pathways are essential for building deep understanding.
  • Structures are established to promote equitable student voice.
  • Students are encouraged to use and share different ideas, methods, and perspectives.
  • Culturally responsive teaching practices are embedded throughout the lessons.
  • Lessons build on students’ prior knowledge.
  • Ideas are communicated through words and representations.
  • Tasks are posed with a visual component.
  • Technology and tools are intentionally integrated.

Math Pathways

Middle School Math

Starting in fall 2019, our math course pathways have been redesigned to ensure students have the foundational mathematics content and skills necessary for success beyond Algebra. 

Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
Common Core Math 6 Common Core Math 7 Common Core Math 8

Some standards that were once taught in Algebra 1 are now spread across math courses in grades 6, 7 and 8. Some standards that were once taught in Algebra 2 are now taught in Algebra 1. Here are some examples. 

Grade 6

The following standards used to be taught in Algebra 1 but are now taught in grade 6. 

  • Solve one-variable equations and inequalities
  • Simplify expressions and polynomials: apply distributive property

Grade 7

The following standards used to be taught in Algebra 1 but are now taught in grade 7. 

  • Solve multi-step equations: rational numbers
  • Simplify expressions and polynomials: rational coefficients

Grade 8

The following standards used to be taught in Algebra 1 but are now taught in grade 8. 

  • Work with irrational numbers
  • Solve proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations
  • Solve linear equations and pairs of simultaneous linear equations
  • Work with radicals and integer exponents
  • Simplify expressions and polynomials
  • Work with scatter plots for bivariate measurement data
  • Define, evaluate and compare linear functions

Algebra 1

The following standards used to be taught in Algebra 2 but are now taught in Algebra 1. 

  • Solve linear and non-linear equations
  • Work with rational exponents
  • Simplify expressions and polynomials
  • Work with scatter plots for bivariate measurement data
  • Define, evaluate and compare exponential, quadratic, piece-wise functions
  • Solve and work with quadratic equations and functions

High School Math

In fall 2020, our high schools will transition to a trimester schedule. Here are sample trimester math pathways for students interested in pursuing advanced mathematics beyond Algebra 2. ** For students who want to take AP Calc A/B and AP Calc B/C

High School Pathway A 

Grade 9
  • Trimester 1: Algebra 1 A
  • Trimester 2: Algebra 1 B
  • Trimester 3: Algebra 1 C
Grade 10
  • Trimester 1: Geometry A
  • Trimester 2: Geometry B
Grade 11
  • Trimester 1: Algebra 2 A
  • Trimester 2: Algebra 2 B
Grade 12
  • Trimester 1: PreCalculus A or AP Statistics A
  • Trimester 2: PreCalculus B or AP Statistics B

High School Pathway b 

Grade 9
  • Trimester 1: Algebra 1 A
  • Trimester 2: Algebra 1 B
  • Trimester 3: Algebra 1 C
Grade 10
  • Trimester 1: Geometry A
  • Trimester 2: Geometry B
  • Trimester 3: Algebra 2 A
Grade 11
  • Trimester 1: Algebra 2 B
  • Trimester 2: PreCalculus A
  • Trimester 3: PreCalculus B
Grade 12
  • Trimester 1: AP Calculus A or AP Statistics A
  • Trimester 2: AP Calculus B or AP Statistics B
  • Trimester 3: AP Calculus C or AP Statistics C

High School Pathway C

Grade 9
  • Trimester 1: Algebra 1 A
  • Trimester 2: Algebra 1 B
  • Trimester 3: Algebra 1 C
Grade 10
  • Trimester 1: Geometry A and Algebra 2 A
  • Trimester 2: Geometry B and Algebra 2 B
  • Trimester 3: PreCalculus A/B
Grade 11
  • Trimester 1: AP Calculus A**
  • Trimester 2: AP Calculus B**
  • Trimester 3: AP Calculus C**
Grade 12
  • Trimester 1: Running Start or AP Statistics A 
  • Trimester 2: Running Start or AP Statistics B
  • Trimester 3: Running Start or AP Statistics C

Contact

Phone: 206-631-3041

Kathy Emerick
Director of PreK & Elementary Success

Janet Blanford
Director of Secondary Success & College Readiness

Lynda Benthin
Administrative Support

Miriam Madill
PreK-Elementary Instructional Specialist, Math

Ammi Spencer
PreK-Elementary Instructional Specialist, Math

Jocelyn Co
Secondary Math Specialist

Stacey Snyder
Secondary Math Specialist