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In the 21st century, a deep understanding of mathematics, and the ability to apply that understanding, is more important than it has ever been. In Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), and across the country, mathematics instruction is changing to make sure we provide our students with the skills and knowledge they need for success in college and the workplace.

This website will provide you with some important information about why these changes are needed; how we are improving math instruction; what deep understanding means; and how we are working to meet the needs of all students to ensure their success.

Distance Learning 

Courses That Lead to College and Career Readiness

View the Math Curriculum Chart

Math Trajectories

Our goal is for students to complete Algebra 1 by grade 8 and be prepared for higher level math in high school, including Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Some students may need extra time and support to build a deep understanding of math. A few students may demonstrate exceptional understanding and be ready for a compacted curriculum.


High School Graduation Requirements

Four credits in mathematics, including 1 credit in algebra and 1 credit in geometry are required for graduation.