Secondary Math Pathways

Click on the link below for detailed charts to describe the various math course progressions a student might follow from grade 6 through grade 12:
Image of Path Secondary Math Pathways (pdf updated 1/25/17)
Algebra Readiness Junior High intervention graphic (pdf updated 9/29/16)

Below are links to the course catalogs for high school:

FUSD Math Pathways FAQ

1. How is the accelerated pathway different from the non accelerated pathway?  The common core math standards are a much more rigorous set of math standards and require both procedural fluency and a deeper conceptual understanding of math concepts. In addition, the math standards are not repeated each year so students essentially have one chance each year to master each standard. Because of this, the accelerated pathways must be a compaction of math courses rather than skipping of courses as we have done in the past. The accelerated courses, then, are even more rigorous as they demand conceptual understanding and procedural fluency at a faster pace in order to cover three years of math in two years time. This is why accelerated courses cannot be compared to honors math classes of the past.  Students must be able to maintain a grade of A or B to remain in the accelerated math pathway.
2. What is the rationale for the math placement test?  The goal for student placement in the secondary math pathways is for each student to be successful in Algebra 1. It is very important to avoid placing students into an accelerated class too early, where they will encounter frustration and where their interest and competency in math will be diminished. There will be two chances for students to demonstrate their readiness for the accelerated pathway: at the end of 6th grade and at the end of 9th grade (beginning in 2016-17). For 7th grade placement this year, we will use 6th grade math grades and placement test results to enroll students in the appropriate secondary math courses. Student data and feedback from junior high math teachers indicates that the criteria used last year was a reliable predictor of student success and proper placement.
3. Will there be another opportunity for students to move to the accelerated pathway? There will be another opportunity for students in the non accelerated pathway to accelerate at the end of their 9th grade year.  This option will first be offered in the 2016-17 school year.

4. Why can't students change to the accelerated pathway in 8th or 9th grade?  The accelerated pathway is a compaction of math courses. Students take three years of math classes in a two year period. Entering the accelerated pathway at 8th or 9th would mean students would miss instruction in some of the math standards. Because the new CA State standards are much more rigorous and because math standards are not repeated each year, we do not allow students to skip content. They can potentially enter the accelerated pathway only in 7th or 10th grade.
5. Where can I get a CA State Math standards textbook?  The California Department of Education has released a list of recommended textbooks from Kindergarten through Algebra I. FUSD has recently adopted new math textbooks. They can be found on the web site at

6. What support materials can I get to help my student?

Council of Great City School’s Parent Roadmaps

California PTA

California Department of Education