SCUSD​ ​Math​ ​Placements

A key goal of Santa Clara Unified is to place students in appropriate math classes based on their demonstrated skill level and conceptual understanding of mathematics. SCUSD uses the following metrics to place current Math 6 and 7 students into next year’s math classes: MDTP assessment, computational skills test, 3rd quarter grades, and teacher recommendations. We continually analyze the reliability and validity of measures used to make appropriate math placements for each child.

All students, whether placed in grade-level or accelerated courses, should be encouraged to keep up on assignments and seek additional support when needed. In addition, the following online resources can help your child stay engaged in math over the summer, and continue to prepare for his or her next-level math course: 

Math​ ​placements​ ​will​ ​reflect​ ​student​ ​scores​ ​on​ ​the​ ​SCUSD​ ​Multiple​ ​Measures​ ​Placement​ ​Matrix (MMPM).​ ​Don Callejon​ ​counselors​ ​are​ ​unable​ ​to​ ​make​ ​changes​ ​to​ ​district​ ​math​ ​placements.

Grade​ ​Level​ ​&​ ​Accelerated​ ​Math​ ​Placements

Students that take grade level math courses throughout their middle school career are still on track to take Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus as a senior in High School. Our grade level math courses are rigorous and challenging for all students. If you would like to supplement what your student is learning in class, please explore the online math websites referenced above.

If your student has an accelerated placement, it will be important for your child to keep up with schoolwork and ask for assistance when needed. Your child’s progress will be closely monitored, and the school principal may recommend re-placement into the grade-level course if his/her grade in Algebra falls below a “B”. Please be aware that a minimum grade of “C-” in Algebra is required to advance to Geometry.

Grade Grade​ ​Level​ ​Math​ ​Classes Accelerated​ ​Math​ ​Placements


Grade Level Math Classes

Accelerated Math Placements


CC Math 6

CC Math 7


CC Math 7

CC Math 8 or Algebra*


CC Math 8

Algebra or Geometry*

​ ​*​Algebra​ ​and​ ​Geometry​ ​must​ ​be​ ​taken​ ​in​ ​sequence​ ​with​ ​Algebra​ ​first.