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Math

Overview

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

Our Vision: All students will make sense of rigorous mathematics in ways that are creative, interactive, and relevant in heterogeneous classrooms.

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.

Please visit our website, www.sfusdmath.org to learn more about our work, including our Core Curriculum, our Professional Development opportunities for teachers, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

High School Math Course Options

For more information, see sfusdmath.org/secondary-course-sequence.html

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 three years of math that is “c”-approved by UC. For most students, this would be CCSS Algebra 1, CCSS Geometry and CCSS Algebra 2 (or a compression class that combines Algebra 2 and Precalculus).

Recommended course sequence

Chart for recommended math pathway sequence

Doubling up in freshman year

Core Sequence: CCSS Algebra 1 and CCSS Geometry in ninth grade, CCSS Algebra 2 in 10th grade
Optional: See below for different possible pathways

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: See below for different possible pathways

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.

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