The District Course Selection Guide, or course catalogue, provides valuable information on course descriptions by department, college admissions testing, guidance and planning, and educational options.
The courses listed are the approved courses for the entire district, but not all courses are offered at every school. Please contact the individual school for a list of courses offered at that school.
Math Course Selection FAQs for 8th Grade Families
- What Math Courses Does FUHSD offer?
- Which math courses do ninth graders take in FUHSD?
- How are expectations in high school courses different than in middle school?
- How will my 9th grade math course placement be determined?
- What if I change my mind after requesting a math class?
- What happens to students who “over-reach” by requesting a class and then find that it is more difficult than they expected?
- My middle school math courses have recently aligned to the Common Core Standards. Will my high school classes also be aligned to these standards?
- Can I take a high school math course in the summer so that I can take a higher-level class as a freshman?
- Can I "self-study" and skip a class in high school?
- If I take Algebra 1 in Ninth Grade, will I be able to take advanced math and science courses and get into college?
What Math Courses Does FUHSD offer?
Algebra 1 (Common Core)
Required for high school graduation.
Support classes available for those who need them.
Geometry (Common Core)
Required for high school graduation.
Geometry Enriched offered for advanced students at some sites.
Algebra 2 (Common Core)
Required for 4-year college eligibility.
Algebra 2/Trig offered for advanced students.
Upper Level Sequence I
Upper Level Sequence II
Upper Level Sequence III
Which math courses do ninth graders take in FUHSD?
Most freshmen take one of the following courses in 9th grade:
- Algebra 1 (with additional support if necessary)
- Geometry or Geometry Enriched
- Algebra 2 or Algebra 2/Trigonometry
Fremont Union High School District does not offer any pre-Algebra course options. However, we have a variety of interventions designed to support and accelerate learning for students who struggle with Algebra in 9th grade.
No matter what math class you take as a freshman, if you work hard and demonstrate that you understand course standards, you will have opportunities to accelerate your learning and reach our high level math courses before you graduate. Your 9th grade math teacher and your guidance counselor will be able to help you develop a plan for acceleration if you demonstrate the interest and capacity to do so.
How are expectations in high school courses different than in middle school?
In high school, your grades have consequences. In middle school, if you did not do well in math in 7th grade, you still moved on to 8th grade math. In high school, if you do not pass a class that you need for graduation, you will have to repeat it and pass it in order to earn credit. You need to earn credit for at least Algebra I and Geometry in order to graduate. If you want to be eligible for a four-year college, you will need to have passed at least Algebra II; and you probably will want to consider taking higher level courses, too.
The University of California and the California State University System (as well as most private colleges and universities) require that you pass a class with a “C” or better in order to have that class count in your application for admission.
How will my 9th grade math course placement be determined?
Sometime between February and April of your 8th grade year, you and your parents will be invited to a meeting to learn about the course selection process for your high school. At that time, you will be advised to consider a number of factors in making a request for your ninth grade math class.
Generally, 8th graders who successfully complete:
Should take this course in 9th grade:
Algebra Readiness OR Algebra Fundamentals OR
Introduction to Algebra OR Common Core Math 8
However, if you are doing very well in your 8th grade course (getting an A or B), you may want to consider taking a more challenging course:
If you are doing very well in…
You might want to try….
No matter which class you take in ninth grade, as long as you make sufficient progress in high school, you will meet requirements for graduation and college admissions.
When making your math course request for 9th grade you should consider the following:
- What is the next course in this sequence?
- How are you doing in your current math class? (Check your latest progress report.)
- What is the work load in the other high school classes and activities you want to take in 9th grade? (This will be described to you in high school orientation meetings.)
- What are your outside extracurricular time commitments? (For example: club sports; Scouts; music lessons, church or community activities)
- If you choose to take a higher level class (i.e. Geometry Enriched instead of Geometry; or Algebra II/Trig instead of Algebra II), are you willing to put in the extra time and work that will be involved in being successful in this class?
Once your high school has all course requests from both incoming ninth graders and current students, the information will be used to determine the number of class sections needed and staffing needs for the next school year. It can be very difficult to change courses once you complete the selection process, so it is important that you choose wisely.
What if I change my mind after requesting a math class?
In the spring of 8th grade you will take a diagnostic test (the University of California’s Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project, or MDTP) that will give you information about your readiness for high school math courses. You will take this test in your 8th grade class. You should consider the results of this diagnostic test as one piece of information, along with your 8th grade math course performance, your interests, and your plans for future math courses, to help you make your math course selection. Your high school will provide additional information about course selection during guidance presentations for incoming students and parents.
Later in the spring, you will receive confirmation of the courses which you have requested for 9th grade. At this time, you will know more about how you are doing in your 8th grade class and you will also have your MDTP results. Using that information, you should consider once again whether you have selected the right course for you.
If you are confident of your choice, you can expect to be assigned to that math class. If for any reason, you wish to reconsider your original choice, you will have the opportunity to do so during the course verification process.
What happens to students who “over-reach” by requesting a class and then find that it is more difficult than they expected?
It is very important to make careful choices when requesting your ninth grade courses, because getting it wrong can make it difficult to find the classes you want after school starts.
If you do need to change your math class, there is a very real possibility that you will have to change your entire schedule and enter new classes with new teachers several weeks into the school year. You may also be required to drop an elective class that you originally chose.
Often when students request a transfer to another math class after the start of the year, all math classes at the school are already full. Should this happen to you, you should work with your Guidance Counselor or Assistant Principal to consider what options are available to you.
Remember, you can avoid this by making careful choices during the course selection process!
My middle school math courses have recently aligned to the Common Core Standards. Will my high school classes also be aligned to these standards?
All California schools are revising curriculum in relation to the Common Core in kindergarten through high school. The new standards will be incorporated into FUHSD’s current courses. The Common Core State Standards are designed to focus math instruction and build skills and habits progressively over a student’s school career so that they understand mathematics deeply and can use it to solve authentic, real-world problems.
Fremont Union High School District recognizes that the promise of the Common Core may not be realized until all students have experienced this curriculum throughout their elementary and middle school years. Students who are currently in middle school may have had the benefit of a few years’ experience with the Common Core. FUHSD is transitioning to Common Core curriculum in deliberate, gradual ways so that all students can be successful.
Can I take a high school math course in the summer so that I can take a higher-level class as a freshman?
Students who are thinking about taking a summer course in order to advance in the math sequence should research and consider their options very carefully. These courses are much shorter than the full year course and may not provide enough time and practice to prepare you for the next class in high school. Some summer programs do not cover all the content of a full-year course so you may miss key concepts or skills. This is especially important to consider now that students are assessed on new, more rigorous content under the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The demands of CCSS leave little time for review of concepts that were supposed to be learned in a previous course.
If you want to challenge yourself and accelerate within the FUHSD math course sequence, your guidance counselor or freshman year math teacher will work with you to explore various options after your freshman year.
If you do decide to take one of these courses during the summer, it is extremely important that you notify and administrator or guidance counselor at your high school in advance. The administrators or guidance counselor will explain your options and will ask you to document your plans as part of your course selection request.
If you take a summer course without notifying your high school in advance, it is likely that there will not be a space in the class you want in the Fall.
Can I "self-study" and skip a class in high school?
You should think very carefully about this before you decide to make this course request because:
- Some colleges and universities require the completion of certain courses. The University of California, for example, requires that students take Geometry even if there is evidence that they could do the work without the course.
- Remember, if you request a higher-level course and decide after the start of the year that it is too hard, another math class may not be open or available, or may require a change to all your classes.
If I take Algebra 1 in Ninth Grade, will I be able to take advanced math and science courses and get into college?
Yes. Colleges are looking for students who take rigorous coursework in high school, and are emphasizing the importance of four years of math so that students have a strong foundation for college-level mathematics. But it is important to know that many students do not take Advanced Placement math classes in high school and are accepted to four year colleges and universities. These students typically take a course sequence that looks like this:
- Ninth grade: Algebra 1
- Tenth grade: Geometry or Geometry Enriched
- Eleventh grade: Algebra 2 or Algebra 2/Trigonometry
- Twelfth grade: Math Analysis, Pre-Calculus Honors, or Applications of Advanced Mathematics
However, no matter what math class you take as a ninth grader in FUHSD’s schools, if you work hard and demonstrate that you understand course standards, you will be able to progress through FUHSD’s math and science course offerings and meet college eligibility requirements.
You will want to consult with your ninth grade Algebra teacher and your Guidance Counselor to determine how you should consider your math and science pathway progression in relation to your achievement level and goals, your interests, and other courses you are thinking about taking.
Math Placement Policy
The California Mathematics Placement Act was passed in 2015 and is intended to ensure use of a fair, objective, and transparent mathematics placement protocol that limits the use of subjective criteria in placement decisions. The FUHSD Board of Trustees affirms that such a protocol will help students and families make informed decisions that will result in an appropriate 9th grade mathematics placement.
1. Placement in mathematics courses is determined by a student’s course request and verified by the parent/guardian through the course verification process. FUHSD staff provide guidance to students and parents about the District’s math course offerings during the course selection process, including course information sessions, online, and printed materials.
2. The following measures are used to guide placement in 9th grade math courses:
- District-approved diagnostic assessments;
- Standardized assessment scores from 7th and 8th grade, when available; and
- Course performance, including grades, from 8th grade.
3. For students receiving special education services, final course placement will be determined by the IEP team.
4. Within the first month of the school year, school staff will conduct a review of 9th grade math course enrollment based on 8th grade course enrollment and final grades, diagnostic assessment results, and standardized test results. If a student previously received passing scores in the course and earned proficient ratings on the related assessments, school staff will consult with the student, parent/guardian, and current math teacher to discuss advancing the student to the next course in the sequence.
Parent/Guardian and Pupil Recourse for Challenging Mathematics Placement
The District acknowledges the need to offer clear and timely recourse for each student and their parent/guardian who has questions about their student’s mathematics course placement. The District enumerates the following steps:
- A parent/guardian may request a meeting with school staff to review and discuss the measures used to inform their student’s mathematics course selection.
- A parent/guardian may request that the pupil be placed in a course against the professional recommendation of site staff. This request may occur as part of the course selection process, or may require additional documentation.
Public Reporting of Mathematics Placement Policy and Results
Pursuant to Section 51224.7 of the Education Code, district staff will report annually to the Board on the aggregate pupil placement data, demonstrating that all students are appropriately and fairly placed in mathematics courses as described above.
Community Language Partners
The Fremont Union High School District has established partnerships with several local community language schools to support students in continuing their language studies. Currently enrolled FUHSD students may be eligible to apply for coursework completed through a community language school to be included on their transcript under the following guidelines:
- Coursework will be completed while the student is currently enrolled in FUHSD;
- The course would count toward the maximum credit limit of 70 credits earned per school year;
- No more than 40 outside credits will be included on an FUHSD transcript over four years;
- The coursework was approved by the high school administrator prior to the student enrolling in the course; and
- The community language school submits to the high school or district office an official transcript at the end of the term.
FUHSD Graduation Requirements
A student must earn a minimum of 220 units, meeting specific course and subject area requirements, in order to receive a high school diploma:
Students must complete 10 credits each in two (2) of the following three (3) areas:
- Applied Academics: Career Technical Education, Business, Computer Science, Industrial Technology, Living Skills, Work Experience
- Visual/Performing Arts: Art, Music, Theatre Arts
- World Languages: Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish
For more information about graduation requirements, please refer to the District Course Selection Guide or your high school's Guidance Office.