CRLS Math Placement for Rising 9th Graders SY21-22

CRLS Math Placement for Rising 9th Graders SY21-22
Posted on 06/28/2021
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Dear 8th Grade Families/Caretakers,

We hope that this communication finds you and your family doing well physically and emotionally.

As you and your child(ren) approach the end of 8th grade and anticipate the beginning of their high school journey, we would like to take this moment to introduce you to the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) math department and provide information regarding the math program here. The mathematics department strives to uphold the school’s mission as well as the math department’s vision and use it to inform our decisions around courses, curriculum, and pedagogy.

Mathematics Department Vision:
Create equitable mathematics communities that engage all students in making sense of challenging mathematics, provide all students with access to challenging curriculum and empower students to participate meaningfully in mathematics discourse. (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)

As we all know, this year has posed unforeseen challenges which required adjustments in policies, procedure, and communication, forcing us to reimagine and redesign what schools look like, while preserving the districts’ commitment to equitable practices and access. In support of CPS’ collective goal of being an antiracist district, the CRLS math department takes a holistic approach to evaluating each student's readiness to place out of a particular CRLS math course by asking for the following:

A. Successful completion of the necessary modules in the 8th Grade → Algebra CAMBridge (Comprehensive Algebra Modules) Program offered this year through CPS.

OR

B. Proof of successful completion of a relevant summer program covering the content of the class the student is requesting to place out of.

OR

C. Recommendation (see options below)
Teacher Recommendation - A recommendation from the student's last year's math teacher indicating their belief that the student can successfully complete a specific math class based on previous performance, grades, and effort.

  • Summer Program Recommendation - A recommendation from the instructor of a summer program, covering prerequisite course content, taken by the student.
  • Family Recommendation - A recommendation from the student's family requesting that student place out of their current scheduled math course, attesting to the student's preparation and readiness for the next level in the standard CRLS math course sequence.
  • Self Recommendation - A recommendation from the student on their behalf, requesting that they place out of their current scheduled math course, attesting to self preparation and readiness for the next level in the standard CRLS math course sequence.

AND

  1. Supporting Document(s)/Evidence (1 of the following to support option “C”)
  • Final grade or progress report received from last year's math class
  • Final grade or progress report received from summer program
  • Description of student's preparation from an adult family member and/or adult mentor based on observation
  • Progress/growth report from online course comparing "pre" and "post" assessment
  • Portfolio of notes and individual work from self-preparation

To initiate this request, please

  • Log on to your CPS account
  • Fill out this form
  • Email all referrals and supporting documents to the your student’s guidance counselor, cc’ing the Dean of Curriculum for Mathematics, Siobahn Mulligan

After reviewing the request and supporting documents, the dean, guidance counselor or a math teacher may contact the student and or family for more information. Students deemed ready to place out will be notified either via email, phone, or a direct schedule change.

Please note that all students placed will be in a “probationary” period, allowing teachers to assess if this is the right placement for them to be successful.

Thank you and we look forward to your child having a successful math career during their time at CRLS.

Respectfully,
Julie Ward Siobahn Mulligan

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