Accelerated Math Placement, 5th to 6th Grade

Dear 5th Grade Parent/Guardian,

We recognize that there are a small number of students who are ready to accelerate in mathematics in middle school. Accelerated Math is a compacted and advanced program that provides the rigor necessary to prepare students to take the Algebra I course in 7th grade. Accelerated Math is an exceedingly fast-paced course that covers the Pennsylvania Core Standards for grades 6 and 7 in a one-year course of study.

Two-year accelerated math course for students entering 6th grade in 2020-2021 information:

  • Parents may choose to have their child considered for the two-year accelerated program in which students skip the 6th grade Open Up Resources, begin 6th grade with Big Ideas Accelerated Math, and then proceed to take Algebra I in grade 7.
    • Parents of 5th graders who want their child to be considered for the two-year accelerated program should complete and submit the accelerated math form at this link (Accelerated Math Placement Test Opt-In Form or no later than May 18, 2020.
    • Multiple measures will be used to determine which students will most likely be successful in this extremely rigorous course of study.
    • After the opt-in window closes, a communication with additional details, timeline, and the assessment will be sent. These students will be given a rigorous assessment which will be included as a measure for determination into the accelerated class. The assessment must be completed and returned to the middle school your child will be attending in the fall by Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Additional details will follow.

Please contact the principal at the middle school where your child will attend with any questions.


Katie McCoy
Indian Crest Middle School 
Jeff Pammer, Ed.D. 
Indian Valley Middle School