• 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 across the grade levels includes a balanced approach, with conceptual understanding intertwined with fact fluency and problem solving skills.

    The math curricula at all grade levels are aligned with the Standards for Curriculum and Evaluation developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as well as 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.  In addition, students at the elementary level have annual fact fluency benchmarks established by the Standards for Mathematical Content.

    Starting with Hammarskjold Middle School, students transition to pre-high school mathematics starting with sixth grade math. Multiple measures determine math placement for sixth grade and students are placed in either Math 6 or Math Prime, an advanced course.

    For rising grade 6 students, the following criteria will be considered for Math Prime eligibility for the 2020-2021 school year based on the extraordinary conditions caused by Covid-19 - All four criteria must be satisfied for a student to be placed in Math Prime:

    • Grade 5 Math Mid-Year Assessment score of at least 90%
    • An average math NJSLA score from Grades 3 & 4 of at least 795
    • Grade 5 Math Unit Test average for Marking Periods 1 & 2 of at least 95%
    • Grade 5 Math Problem-Solving average for Marking Periods 1 & 2 of at least 90%

    Please note that students without any recorded NJSLA math scores from both Grades 3 & 4 will need to satisfy the other three criteria to qualify for Math Prime in Grade 6.

    For rising grade 7 students, students who were placed in Math Prime in grade 6 and have a semester average of at least a B+ (86%) will move into Algebra I Honors.  Sixth grade Math Prime students who do not meet a semester average of at least a B+ (86%) will be placed in Pre-Algebra in grade 7.

    Students who were enrolled in Math 6 will be placed in either Pre-Algebra Algebra I Honors in Grade 7 based upon multiple measures.  The following criteria will be considered for seventh grade Algebra I Honors eligibility for the 2020-2021 school year based on the extraordinary conditions caused by Covid-19 - All four criteria must be satisfied for a student to be placed in Algebra I Honors:

    • Math 6 Semester 1 average of at least 96%
    • Math 6 Unit Test average of at least 96%
    • Math 6 Midterm average of at least 96%
    • An average math NJSLA score from Grades 4 & 5 of at least 800

    Alternatively, students without any recorded NJSLA math Grade 4 & 5 scores must achieve an average of at least 98% in the first three categories to qualify for Algebra I Honors in seventh grade.

    For rising grade 8 students, students who were placed in Algebra I Honors in grade 7 and have a semester average of at least 80% will move into Geometry with Trigonometry Honors.  Seventh grade Algebra I Honors students who do not achieve a semester average of at least 80% will be placed in the academic level of Geometry with Trigonometry. 

    Students who were enrolled in Pre-Algebra in grade 7 will take either Algebra I or Algebra I Honors based upon multiple measures.  The following criteria will be considered for eighth grade Algebra I Honors eligibility for the 2020-2021 school year based on the extraordinary conditions caused by Covid-19 - All four criteria must be satisfied for a student to be placed in Algebra I Honors:

    • Pre-Algebra Semester 1 average of at least 90%
    • Pre-Algebra Unit Test Average of at least 90%
    • Pre-Algebra Quarterly 1/Midterm average of at least 90%
    • An average math NJSLA score from Grades 5 & 6 of at least 785

    Alternatively, students with a NJSLA math Grade 5 & 6 average in the 780-784 range or students without any recorded NJSLA math Grade 5 & 6 scores, must achieve an average of at least 95% in the first three categories to qualify for Honors Algebra I in eighth grade.

    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. All students must complete Algebra and Geometry and a third year of mathematics as required for graduation by the State of New Jersey. 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.  This allows interested students to complete five or six years of mathematics through Honors Calculus III.  Qualified students are also eligible to take 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.