At McAuliffe Manual, our units and lessons are in complete alignment with the new Common Core State Standards that Colorado has adopted and is a mastery-based curriculum. Each lesson develops students’ problem solving abilities by building their conceptual understandings, skills, mathematical processes, attitudes towards math, application of math in real-world contexts, and self-awareness. Additional resources are utilized to differentiate for below- and above-grade level students.
As an IB Middle Years Programme candidate school, McAuliffe Manual provides both Standard Mathematics and Accelerated Mathematics courses. The Standard Mathematics course sequence teaches Common Core Standards at the pace recommended by the state of Colorado. Upon successful completion of the standard pathway, students will be prepared for High School Algebra 1 during their 9th grade year and will be on track for completing Pre-Calculus math during high school.
The Accelerated course sequence concentrates 7th grade Pre-Algebra, 8th grade Algebra, and High School Algebra I into two years. Accelerated courses include the same Common Core State Standards as the Standard courses, but the pacing of the courses is faster. Upon successful completion of the accelerated pathway, students will be ready for Geometry during their 9th grade year and will be prepared for taking AP math or HL (Higher Level) IB Math during high school. Decisions to accelerate students into high school mathematics before ninth grade are based on solid evidence of student learning, work ethic, and commitment. Students who are not placed in the accelerated math sequence at McAuliffe may still take an AP math or HL IB Math course in high school by successfully “doubling up” on math courses during their 10th or 11th grade year, as DPS recommends.