Our school system ultimately decided to go with Algebra I in 8th grade because we believed this would allow our students the opportunity to be more successful in their high school career. This path allows students to choose mathematics courses in their final years of high school so that they are more prepared for college when exiting high school. Recently, our county was awarded a grant allowing our high school to become a college and career academy; this will certainly enhance the learning opportunities of these students as well. By completing their high school credits during their junior year, students also will have the opportunity to take college and career ready courses such as Calculus, Statistics, and college mathematics courses. The students are excited by the future opportunities afforded to them, especially being able to take college courses while in high school.
The gifted mathematics program has been successful, and student grades reflect the effort they have put into their school work this year. They are challenged daily by not only their teachers, but also their peers to do their very best. Many students have found this to be very rewarding and use the motivation of their peers to drive them to be the very best they can be.