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The Michigan Merit Curriculum high school graduation requirements mandate all students successfully complete four credits in mathematics. In the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, the opportunity exists for students to take high school math courses while enrolled in middle school. To qualify for the first course in the sequence, Advanced Algebra 1, students must attain a specific standard of achievement on several tests administered while students are enrolled in Connected Math 7, whether the student is in 6th or 7th grade. The tests are administered to all students in Connected Math 7and no special application is required. Students not meeting eligibility requirements will continue their progression to Connected Math 8.


Connected Math 7 students can qualify to enroll in the middle school Advanced Algebra 1 class based on the three tests below. These are worth a total of 9 points, and students with 7 points or above will be recommended for Advanced Algebra 1. (Note: For students to take AP Calculus in grade 12, they must begin the Algebra sequence in middle school.)


  Date to be administered:

High School Diagnostic Placement Test:
External, tests readiness (*NO CALCULATORS)

January 15, 2015
7th Grade Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test:
Standardized, external, tests ability to learn new material without teacher instruction (*NO CALCULATORS)
March 4 and 5, 2015
7th Grade Cumulative Assessment:
Internal, based on instruction
May 14, 2015


High School Math Sequence Information


The Michigan High School Graduation requirements for math include the following:

  1. Students must take and pass Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2.
  2. Students must have 4 high school math credits.
  3. Students must be enrolled in a math class during their senior year.
  4. Students who pass a high school course during middle school must receive HS credit for that course. (Example: Taking Adv. Algebra 1 in 7th or 8th grade). The course name and grade will appear on the high school transcript. In middle school grade is factored into the middle school GPA. However it is NOT included in the high school GPA.

Students are placed in their grade 9 mathematics course based on the grade earned in their mathematics course in grade 8.


Grade From Connected Mathematics 8 to: From Advanced Algebra 1 to: From Honors Geometry to:
A Advanced Algebra 1 Honors Geometry Honors Algebra 2 w/ Trig
B Algebra 1 Honors Geometry Honors Algebra 2 w/ Trig
C Algebra 1 Geometry Algebra 2 w/ Trig
D Algebra 1 & Algebra 1 Support Adv. Algebra 1 or Geometry Algebra 2 w/ Trig
E Pre-Algebra Algebra 1 Geometry


Math Courses Offered at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park

Instead of the traditional sequence above, after successfully completing Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, students may choose from the following applied mathematics courses as their fourth credit.


Accounting I
Advanced Automotive Technology
Advanced Marketing
AP Computer Science
Architectural and Computer Aided Design
Auto Mechanics I
Auto Service & Maintenance
Automation & Robotics
Collision Repair
Electronics I, II
Engineering CAD 1, 2, 3
Finance and Investment
Honors Financial and Managerial Accounting
Hospitality and Culinary Arts: Exploration
Hospitality and Culinary Arts: Restaurant Operation
Intro to Auto Paint
Intro to Computer Programming
Logic & Reasoning
Marketing Management
Microsoft Excel
Real Estate Essentials


For more information about the math courses offered at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park go to: http://pcep.pccs.k12.mi.us/node/745


If you have questions about Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Science please call
Anthony Ruela, Regional Director with K-12 Mathematics Oversight at Anthony.Ruela@pccsk12.com