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High School Math Course Options

The SFUSD Math Core Curriculum is designed for all students to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics. Various pathways provide all students the opportunity to make sense of rigorous math in ways that are creative, interactive and relevant.

In order to graduate from SFUSD, students are required to complete CCSS Algebra 1, CCSS Geometry and CCSS Algebra 2 (or a compression class that combines Algebra 2 and Precalculus).

We recommend students complete those required courses before entering 12th grade, so they have the option to enroll in other math courses in 12th grade. This recommended course sequence provides students the best possible opportunity to learn grade-level mathematics deeply, and is both rigorous and developmentally appropriate.

Recommended course sequence

Chart for recommended math pathway sequence

Doubling up in freshman year

Required: CCSS Algebra 1 and CCSS Geometry in ninth grade, CCSS Algebra 2 in 10th grade
Optional: CCSS Algebra 2 and Precalculus in 10th grade; Precalculus, AP Statistics or AP Calculus (AB or BC) in 11th grade; AP Statistics, AP Calculus (AB or BC), Precalculus, or AP Statistics or college course in 12th grade

Chart for doubling up in freshman year

Doubling up in sophomore year

Required: CCSS Algebra 1 in ninth grade, CCSS Geometry and CCSS Algebra 2 in tenth grade
Optional: Precalculus or AP Statistics in 11th grade; AP Statistics, AP Calculus (AB or BC) or Precalculus in 12th grade

Chart for doubling up in sophomore year

If you would like to pursue one of the above acceleration options, we encourage you to discuss your course schedule with a school site counselor or administrator.

For those students entering 9th grade who have already completed a CCSS Algebra I course and passed it with a C or above, SFUSD offers a Math Validation Test (MVT). If a student passes this exam, they may enroll in CCSS Geometry in 9th grade.



The Mathematics Department oversees curriculum and instruction for math in grades PK-12. 

Our work is driven by four guiding principles: 
  • All students can and should develop a belief that mathematics is sensible, worthwhile, and doable. 
  • All students are capable of making sense of mathematics in ways that are creative, interactive, and relevant. 
  • All students can and should engage in rigorous mathematics through rich, challenging tasks. 
  • Students’ academic success in mathematics must not be predictable on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, language, religion, sexual orientation, cultural affiliation, or special needs.

What's New?

This is an exciting year for mathematics in SFUSD!  We invite you to peruse our website and see what is new, connect with us, and tell us what you think.


Our website can help  parents and other community members locate the information they need to understand the changes brought on by the Common Core and how they will affect students in SFUSD.


Announcements about upcoming PD can be found on our website.  Find out more.

Start at our FAQs to learn more about the Common Core and the SFUSD implementation.

Eligibility for the Math Validation Test (MVT)

Per SF Board of Education policy, only students who are new to SFUSD and who took Algebra 1 as a stand-alone course in 8th grade are eligible to take the Math Validation Test (MVT).  There are currently 100 students eligible and registered to take the MVT this Saturday. Anyone who is not preregistered and eligible per Board policy will be turned away. 

As background, this is the second administration of the Math Validation Test and is open to students who have satisfied the requirements established in SFUSD's Math Placement Policy, which was approved by the Board in May 2016. 

In July, all current 9th grade families received notice through US mail regarding the optional math validation test and the criteria for eligibility to take the test.

There was a July administration with 93 qualified test takers and there are currently 100 students eligible to take the MVT this Saturday, August 20.

As a reminder, the criteria for eligibility to take the MVT is that a student must have taken and passed a Common Core State Standards-aligned Algebra 1 course with a C or better.

The MVT is not a mechanism for skipping Algebra. The intent of the test as it is described in the policy is to check understanding after a student has taken a full course of Algebra 1, thereby improving the likelihood of success in later math courses.