• Mathematics

     

    Mr. Anthony J. Gugliotta, Jr., Supervisor

    Dr. Manjit Sran, Department Chairperson, Grades 8-12

    Carol Smith, Secretary
    Tel: 732-613-6985

    All children in East Brunswick Public Schools participate in a rigorous standards-based mathematics program. Mathematics instruction at all grade levels includes a balanced approach, with conceptual understanding intertwined with fact fluency and problem solving skills.

    All curricula are aligned with the Standards for Curriculum and Evaluation developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.  A hands-on, activities-based curriculum is used in all the elementary schools, along with manipulative materials that help children develop strong conceptual knowledge and provide them with concrete illustrations of the skills they are learning. Students at the elementary have fact fluency benchmarks established by quarter. The curriculum includes many problem-solving experiences.

    During grades six and seven, students transition to pre-high school mathematics starting with sixth grade math. Some sixth-graders are placed in Math Prime, an advanced course.  Multiple measures determine Math placement for 6th grade students. The following criteria is considered for Math Prime eligibility:

    • Grade 5 Math NJ Student Learning Assessment (formerly known as PARCC)
    • Grade 5 Math Mid-Year Assessment
    • Grade 5 Math End-of-Year Assessment
    • Grade 5 Math Problem-Solving Average

    The typical student entering Math Prime in Grade 6 has earned a PARCC score of 810, scored 96% on the Grade 5 Math Mid-Year Assessment, scored 95% on the Grade 5 Math End-of-Year Assessment and has achieved a Grade 5 Math Problem-Solving Average of 96%.

    The study of pre-algebra then follows in seventh grade. Some students qualify for Algebra I in seventh grade, an advanced course.  Multiple measures determine Math placement for 7th grade students. The following criteria is considered for Algebra I eligibility:

    • Grade 6 Math NJ Student Learning Assessment (formerly known as PARCC)
    • The Algebra Aptitude Assessment
    • Grade 6 Math Midterm
    • Grade 6 Math Final Exam
    • Grade 6 Math Course Grade

    The typical student entering Algebra I  in Grade 7 has earned a PARCC score of 810, earned an Algebra Aptitude Assessment score of 181, scored 95% on their Math Prime or 98% on their Math 6 midterm, scored 95% on their Math Prime or 98% on their Math 6 final exam, and has achieved an overall course grade of 94% in Math Prime or 98% in Math 6.

    In grade 8, students who were placed in Algebra I in grade 7 will move into Honors Geometry with Trigonometry. Students who were enrolled in Pre-algebra in grade 7 will take either Algebra I or Honors Algebra I. Multiple measures determine Math placement for 8th grade students. The following criteria is considered for Honors Algebra I eligibility:

    • Grade 7 Math NJ Student Learning Assessment (formerly known as PARCC)
    • The Algebra Aptitude Assessment
    • Pre-Algebra Midterm
    • Pre-Algebra Final Exam
    • Pre-Algebra Course Grade

    The typical student entering Honors Algebra I in Grade 8 has earned a PARCC score of 785, earned an Algebra Aptitude Assessment score of 170, scored 96% on their Pre-Algebra midterm, scored 95% on their Pre-Algebra final exam, and achieved an overall course grade of 96% in Pre-Algebra.

    At all grade levels, students who fall below district and state standards receive support through the basic skills improvement program, which is designed to help them become better prepared for success in mathematics.

    In grades nine through twelve, there is a broad range of courses. As required for graduation by the State of New Jersey, all students complete Algebra and Geometry and a third year of mathematics. Most students at East Brunswick High School choose to take Algebra II as their third year of mathematics. Over 96% of all seniors take a fourth year of mathematics as an elective. Sixty-five percent of seniors complete college level mathematics. For extremely well qualified students, there are opportunities at the high school level to take more than one math course in the same year, allowing interested students to complete five or six years of mathematics, up through Honors Calculus III. Also available are AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and AP Statistics, as well as Honors Calculus I & II and Honors Statistics which are offered in conjunction with Middlesex County College.