Support Success in High School Math Courses through Careful Placement in 9th Grade
Success in 9th grade math is critical to prepare students for success in college and career, particularly for students pursuing the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Oakdale Joint Unified School District offers 4 Math Pathways. Successful completion of pathways 13 meets admission requirements for CSU/UC admission. Use the tabs below to learn more about the pathways, their courses, and the School Board Policy.
Parents may request that their child be placed in a more rigorous pathway than the one suggested by the district by printing out the Parent Contract (tab below), reviewing it, and then scheduling an appointment with an Oakdale High School Counselor.
Understanding the Progression of Math Courses in OJUSD
Use the following guide to make an informed decision about your students’ Math Course Pathway. Click on the upper right side of the chart to view details describing the various math course progressions a student might follow from grades 6 through 12:

High School Graduation Math Requirements: Completion of 3 math courses. Must meet or exceed Integrated
Math I or equivalent. 
CSU/UC Math Requirements: Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II and Integrated Math III meet the ag requirements. A 4th year of math is recommended.
Middle School Courses
Math 7: Grade 7 Mathematics  Common Core
In grade seven instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships, including percentages; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions and working with two and threedimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples: Students also work towards fluently solving equations of the form px + q = r and p(x + q) = r.
Math 8: Grade 8 Mathematics  Common Core
In grade eight, instructional time should focus on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two and threedimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem. Students also work towards fluency with solving simple sets of two equations with two unknowns by inspection.
Integrated Mathematics I  Common Core
The fundamental purpose of Mathematics I is to formalize and extend students’ understanding of linear functions and their applications. The critical topics of study deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomena, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Students build on their prior experiences with data, developing more formal means of assessing how a model fits data. Students use regression techniques to describe approximately linear relationships between quantities. They use graphical representations and knowledge of the context to make judgments about the appropriateness of linear models. With linear models, they look at residuals to analyze the goodness of fit. Mathematics I uses properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge from prior grades.
High School Courses
Oakdale High School Course Catalog  Trail Blazer 20162017
Integrated Mathematics I  Common Core
The fundamental purpose of Mathematics I is to formalize and extend students’ understanding of linear functions and their applications. The critical topics of study deepen and extend understanding of linear relationships, in part by contrasting them with exponential phenomena, and in part by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Students build on their prior experiences with data, developing more formal means of assessing how a model fits data. Students use regression techniques to describe approximately linear relationships between quantities. They use graphical representations and knowledge of the context to make judgments about the appropriateness of linear models. With linear models, they look at residuals to analyze the goodness of fit. Mathematics I uses properties and theorems involving congruent figures to deepen and extend understanding of geometric knowledge from prior grades.
Integrated Mathematics II  Common Core
The focus of Mathematics II is on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions, and comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Mathematics I. The need for extending the set of rational numbers arises and real and complex numbers are introduced. The link between probability and data is explored through conditional probability and counting methods, including their use in making and evaluating decisions. The study of similarity leads to an understanding of right triangle trigonometry and connects to quadratics through Pythagorean relationships. Circles, with their quadratic algebraic representations, round out the course.
Integrated Mathematics III  Common Core
The standards in the integrated Mathematics III course come from the following conceptual categories: Modeling, Functions, Number and Quantity, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. Students expand their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. Students perform all four operations on polynomials. Students identify zeros of polynomials and make connections between zeros of polynomials and solutions of polynomial equations. They expand their study of right triangle trigonometry to include general triangles. And, finally, students bring together all of their experience with functions and geometry to create models and solve contextual problems.
PreCalculus  Common Core
In Precalculus, students extend their work with complex numbers begun in Mathematics III or Algebra II to see that the complex numbers can be represented in the Cartesian plane and that operations with complex numbers have a geometric interpretation. They connect their understanding of trigonometry and the geometry of the plane to express complex numbers in polar form. Students begin working with vectors. Students also work with matrices, their operations, and find inverse matrices. They see the connection between matrices and transformations of the plane. Students use matrices to represent and solve linear systems. Students extend their work with trigonometric functions, investigating the reciprocal functions secant, cosecant, and cotangent and their graphs and properties. They find inverse trigonometric functions by appropriately restricting the domains of the standard trigonometric functions and use them to solve problems that arise in modeling contexts. Students add ellipses and hyperbolas to their work. They also work with polar coordinates and curves defined parametrically and connect these to their other work with trigonometry and complex numbers. Finally, students work with more complicated rational functions, graphing them and determining zeros, yintercepts, symmetry, asymptotes, intervals for which the function is increasing or decreasing, and maximum or minimum points.
Statistics and Probability  Common Core
Students extend their work in statistics and probability by applying statistics ideas to realworld situations. They link classroom mathematics and statistics to everyday life, work, and decisionmaking, by applying these standards in modeling situations. They choose and use appropriate mathematics and statistics to analyze empirical situations, to understand them better, and to improve decisions.
Students in Statistics and Probability take their understanding of probability further by studying expected values, interpreting them as longterm relative means of a random variable. They use this understanding to make decisions about both probability games and reallife examples using empirical probabilities.
AP Calculus AB
Following the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel collegelevel calculus courses, AP Calculus AB provides students with an understanding of the concepts of calculus and experience with its methods and applications. These courses introduce calculus and include the following topics: functions, graphs, limits, and continuity; differential calculus (including definition, application, and computation of the derivative; derivative at a point; derivative as a function; and second derivatives); and integral calculus (including definite integrals and antidifferentiation).
AP Calculus BC
Following the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel collegelevel calculus courses, AP Calculus BC courses provide students with an understanding of the concepts of calculus and experience with its methods and applications. These courses cover all of the calculus topics in AP Calculus AB as well as the following topics: parametric, polar, and vector functions; applications of integrals; and polynomial approximations and series, including series of constants and Taylor series.
AP Statistics
Following the College Board's suggested curriculum designed to parallel collegelevel statistics courses, AP Statistics courses introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference.
February/March 2018
Correctly placing a student in the right math course in 9th grade is critical. As a parent of a child who will be in 9th grade next year, we want to make you aware of four math pathways available at Oakdale High School. Successful completion of pathways 13 meets admission requirements for California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) admission. A chart showing the math course series for each pathway is on the back of this letter.
 The CSU/UC Pathway is the most common pathway for students pursuing CSU or UC admission. Students scoring a C or above in Math 8 or Proficient on the High School Math Path Placement Test administered during their 8th grade year will be placed in this pathway. Completion of Math III meets UC/CSU requirements. A fourth year of math is recommended the senior year.
 There are two Accelerated Math Pathways. These pathways are only recommended for students who both enjoy and excel in mathematics. These pathways also meet admission requirements for students pursuing CSU or UC admission.
 High School Accelerated Math Pathway: Students earning an A in Math 8 or scoring Advanced on the High School Math Placement Test administered during their 8th grade year will be placed in Accelerated Math I as freshmen. Completion of Accelerated Math III meets UC/CSU requirements and covers PreCalculus allowing students to enroll in Calculus A/B or Advanced Placement Statistics their senior year.
 2b.Junior High School Accelerated Math Pathway: Students who are taking Accelerated Math I as 8th graders and are earning a C and who score Advanced on the High School Math Placement Test administered during their 8th grade year will be placed in Accelerated Math II as freshmen. Students would then complete Accelerated Math III their sophomore year having fulfilled UC/CSU requirements at this point. However, 4 years of math in high school would be recommended allowing students on this path to take either AP Calculus or AP Statistics during their Junior or Senior year.
 Supported Math Pathways available to 9th graders. Supported Pathways provide extra time for students who might struggle in math to cover the rigor of Math I which is required for graduation.
 Integrated Math in 9th Grade: Students who earn a D or below in Math 8 or students who score NonProficient on the High School Math Placement Test administered during their 8th grade year may be placed in Integrated Math/Math 9 Skills. This math course counts as one year of math credit but is essentially a review of Math 7 and Math 8 content and is intended to be followed by Math I during the student’s sophomore year then followed by Math II as a junior and Math III as a senior. Completion of Math III in this pathway would also meet the UC/CSU requirements for admission.
 Math A in 9th grade: Students who earn a D or below in Math 8 with Support or who score NonProficient on the High School Math Path Placement Test administered this January during their 8th grade year may be placed in Math A. Students completing Integrated Math A and B plus a third year of Math such as Financial Literacy or Math for the Trades will fulfill the high school graduation requirement.
 Math Skills Pathway: This pathway is typically pursued by students identified as needing significant Resource Program Support in math or for students participating in the Special Education Program. Successful completion of this pathway does not meet UC/CSU admission requirements but does fulfill High School Graduation requirements.
Your 9th grade student will receive their course schedule identifying their 9th grade math class when they attend the Oakdale High School RoundUp on August 3rd. If you have a question regarding your 9th grade student’s math placement at that time, contact Oakdale High School Counseling Department. (209) 8473007.
The OHS Math Department will be reviewing math achievement of all 9th graders within the first month of school. The families of 9th graders not making adequate progress at this checkpoint will receive a letter notifying them of the student’s current achievement and possible recommendation for placement in pathway offering more support.
Thank you,
Kristi Rapinchuk
Oakdale Joint Unified School District
Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction
Parent Contract
Parents of students enrolled in the Accelerated Mathematics Pathways are required to submit the Acceleration Contract acknowledging the conditions for placement into an Accelerated Program.
Accelerated OJHS Math Pathway Notification Student Has Been Recommended for Placement In Accelerated Math 7/8 
Accelerated OJHS Math Pathway Parent/Student Contract Student Placement by Parent Request 
Parent/Student Math Resources
Brochures for Parents/Guardians in English and Spanish
These brochures on the mathematics standards showcase example problems and highlight the progression of learning through the grade levels. The brochures also offer suggestions for parents/guardians to support their students’ learning and a list of additional resources. (Source: California Department of Education: Curriculum Frameworks)
 Common Core Parent Overview for Math: Grades 68
 Common Core Parent Overview for Math: Grades 68 (Spanish)
 Common Core Parent Overview for Math: Grades 912
 Common Core Parent Overview for Math: Grades 912 (Spanish)
Math Framework Glossary
Engage New York Math
Common Core Map  Khan Academy