Gifted Program Math Placement
Each math course in the continuum is required as a prerequisite for enrollment in the next course in the progression. On occasion, a student may need to be accelerated beyond one year, such decisions are made at the elementary school level and are based upon pre-assessment results only. Parents may not enroll their child in a course beyond the next course in the progression. Below is the continuum of math placement for the typical student receiving gifted services with one year of acceleration:
|Grade Level||Math Course|
|2nd||Math Expressions 3|
|3rd||Math Expressions 4|
|4th||Math Expressions 5|
|5th||Gifted Integrated Math Topics 1 (IMT1)|
|6th||Gifted Integrated Math Topics 2 (IMT2)|
|7th||Gifted Algebra 1|
|9th||Gifted Algebra 2|
|11th||IB/AP Calculus SL AB|
|12th||IB Mathematics HL or AP Statistics|
Second through fourth grade elementary students in Math Expressions will take a math assessment at the beginning of the school year. Teachers will use the assessment results as a guide for instruction and may make recommendations for a change in math placement for those students whose results show an understanding of the majority of math concepts to be learned during the year.
Students who do not meet proficiency criteria will enroll in Gifted IMT1 in the fall. However, 4th grade students may enroll in BSD summer school’s Gifted IMT1 course. Students that pass Gifted IMT1 during the summer will enroll in Gifted IMT2 in the fall.
Bellevue School District Summer Courses
In the Bellevue School District, all students are already accelerated in mathematics by one year due to compacting 6th – 8th grade math standards into 6th and 7th grade, resulting in all students prepared for Algebra 1 in 8th grade. In the self-contained Gifted Program, students are automatically accelerated by an additional year, meaning that all students receiving gifted services in the self-contained program are accelerated in math by at least two years. It is highly recommended that parents and students carefully consider further acceleration and discuss Summer School enrollment with the child’s current math teacher. If acceleration through Summer School is recommended by the current teacher, students currently enrolled in 4th grade GESP, 5th grade GESP or 6th grade GMSP at Cherry Crest, Medina, Somerset, Spiritridge, Odle or Tyee may enroll in the BSD Summer School Program’s Gifted math courses. Successful completion (grade of 80% or higher) of the Gifted math course will prepare students to enroll in the next course in the Gifted math sequence in the fall.
|Summer Course||Who is it for?||Fall Placement*|
|GMSP IMT1||Students currently enrolled in GESP Math 4 (typically 4th graders)||GMSP IMT2|
|GMSP IMT2||Students currently enrolled in GESP Math 5 (typically 5th graders)||GMSP Algebra 1|
|GMSP Algebra 1||Students currently enrolled in GMSP IMT2||GMSP Geometry|
*Students are only recommended for placement if they receive an 80% or higher in the BSD Summer School course.
Courses offered outside of Bellevue School District
Because there are no equivalent courses outside of BSD for Gifted IMT1 and Gifted IMT2, and because these courses are foundational to students’ future math success, students must complete this course during the regular school year or Summer School in the BSD Gifted Program. Students currently enrolled in Gifted IMT2 or beyond and wishing to enroll in a course outside of BSD, from an approved institution or online provider, may request approval from the Student Services Department of the Bellevue School District prior to taking a class by completing the Outside Learning Experiences form. Once approval is received, parents need to contact Gifted Programs to enroll their child in the end-of-course exam by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is important to note that any math classes taken outside of BSD, including from an accredited institution or online, do not cover the same content and application as the gifted versions of the course offered by BSD. From our experience, it will be necessary for the student to do additional studying and practice through the course in order to pass the gifted end-of-course assessment.
Prior to the start of the school year, the student will 1) provide the school with the grade report indicating successful completion of the math course, and 2) take the Bellevue School District gifted end-of-the-course assessment designed to measure student understanding or mastery of concepts required in the gifted version of the course. Students, who show understanding or mastery of the concepts, will be recommended for enrollment in the next level gifted math course. For students not showing an understanding of the concepts, the Gifted Program Guidance Team may recommend that the student retake the course during the regular school year and will meet with the parents and student to discuss and review the results of the assessment.
Students Currently Enrolled in GESP Math 4
By following the typical BSD math sequence, all students receiving gifted services in the self-contained Gifted Program will be prepared for AP Calculus or AP Statistics in their junior year of high school. However, some students may present a need for further acceleration. Because students receiving gifted services in the self-contained program are already two years accelerated in mathematics, we highly encourage parents and students to discuss further acceleration with their current math teacher. Gifted Summer School math courses move at a rapid pace, thus students do not have extended practice that allows for deep understanding and application of concepts. If acceleration is recommended by the current math teacher and the student successfully completes a BSD Gifted Summer School course or approved outside learning experience (Algebra 1 only), students will accelerate to the next course in the BSD Gifted mathematics sequence. The following options are available:
|GMSP IMT1||BSD Accelerated GMSP IMT1 Summer School Course||1.0/Grade earned in Summer School|
|GMSP IMT2||BSD Accelerated GMSP IMT2 Summer School Course||1.0/Grade earned in Summer School|
|GMSP Algebra 1||
BSD Accelerated GMSP Algebra 1 Summer School Course
Outside learning experience (prior approval document required)
1.0/Grade earned in Summer School
1.0/No grade earned
|Geometry and Beyond||Outside learning experience (prior approval document required)||1.0/No grade earned|
*Outside learning experiences, from an approved institution or online provider, do not necessarily address the needs of students who qualify for gifted services. Therefore, students who complete outside learning experiences are required to take an end of course assessment in August to determine that they have learned the concepts and are prepared for success in their next BSD Gifted course.
If you are interested in having your student take part in a BSD Summer School mathematics class, registration information is available on the Bellevue School District website. Registration for Summer School will begin in March. A tiered fee structure is available for students who qualify for financial need.