The 8th Grade Mathematics Program in Franklin County Public Schools
Franklin County Public Schools offer three math courses in Grade 8, depending on SOL test results and prior math experience.  In each class, students use concrete materials, calculators, and computers as well as other appropriate technologies.  At the end of the first semester, students and math teachers will move to Benjamin Franklin Middle School for the second semester of mathematic instruction. 
Pre-Algebra 8:  includes content that reviews or extends concepts and skills learned in previous grades.  It contains new content that prepares students for more abstract concepts in algebra and geometry.  The standards provide students additional instruction and time to acquire the concepts and skills necessary for success in Algebra I.  Students will gain proficiency in computation with rational numbers and use proportions to solve a variety of problems.  New concepts include solving multistep equations and inequalities, graphing linear equations, visualizing three-dimensional shapes represented in two-dimensional drawings, and applying transformations to geometric shapes in the coordinate plane.  Students will verify and apply the Pythagorean Theorem and represent relations and functions using tables, graphs, and rules.  While learning mathematics, students will be actively engaged, using concrete materials and appropriate technologies.  Problem solving has been integrated throughout the six content strands.
  •  All Pre-Algebra 8 students are required to take an end-of-course assessment, the Grade 8 Math SOL Test.
Pre-AP Honors Algebra I is the sequential development of concepts and skills by using concrete materials to assist students in making the transition from arithmetic to the symbolic. Students will make connections and build relationships between algebra and arithmetic, geometry, and probability and statistics.  Connections will be made to other subject areas through practical applications.  Using this approach helps students attach meaning to the abstract concepts of algebra.  These standards require students to use algebra as a tool for representing and solving a variety of practical problems.  Tables and graphs will be used to interpret algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities and to analyze behaviors of functions.  Graphing calculators, computers, and other appropriate technology tools will be used to assist in teaching and learning.
  • All Algebra I students are required to take the Algebra I SOL Test.

Pre-AP Honors Geometry includes properties of geometric figures, trigonometric relationships, and reasoning to justify conclusions.  A gradual development of proof involving inductive and intuitive approaches will be used.  The course includes emphasis on two- and three-dimensional reasoning skills, coordinate and transformational geometry, and the use of geometric models to solve problems.  A variety of applications and some general problem-solving techniques including algebraic skills will be required.  Calculators, computers, graphing utilities (graphing calculators or computer graphing simulators), dynamic geometry software, and other appropriate technology tools will be used to assist in teaching and learning.
  •    Students are required to take the SOL test for Geometry.  This course will be offered during the 2nd semester of the 2015-2016 school year in conjunction with Algebra.