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Advanced Mathematics Magnet


Advanced Math Magnet 

Staff Member(s)

Teresa Reggio and Natalia Gasidzhak 


In Advanced Math Magnet, we get to dive into the world of WHY and HOW.  Through discovery-based learning we can truly understand the meaning behind all of the math we see in the world around us. As a group, we work together to complete challenging and exciting tasks.  


The magnet students explore real-world problems through different geometric figures and perform transformations upon them. They analyze size, shape, and location of the object using different situations and different approaches.  Students also work on challenging projects using Desmos (an online graphing tool). Desoms enables them to explore graphs of any type of relationship by creating it all on their own: linear relationships, exponential relationships, conic sections and more! 


The fun and engaging environment fostered in our magnet helps our students move away from being “answer getters” to truly becoming mathematical “problem solvers and doers.” They thrive off of the productive struggle and demonstrate their willpower to belong to a creative group of advanced math students. 

**Students must be above grade level on I-Ready in Mathematics to be eligible for this magnet. 

Grade 6 Topics

In 6th Grade Advanced Math Magnet, students will go through exploring middle school geometry. They spend the year covering the geometry strands that are covered in 6th, 7th and 8th grade NYS Math Curriculum while following the Pearson Curriculum. Programs such as Geogebra, IXL, Delta Math, and Desmos help provide a rich learning experience. This geometric foundation will not only help them prepare for their early experience of HS geometry next year, but will also give them an advantage of knowing the material for when they go to their regular grade level math class, so they can then turnkey their knowledge and help their peers. 

Grade 7 Topics

In the 7th grade, students begin their two year journey of learning the High School Regents Geometry Curriculum. Our students explore angle relationships and constructions by using just a compass and a straightedge to create basic shapes. They will ultimately branch out and create mesmerizing images. Hands-on activities will engage students and help channel their creative sides. They will even have the opportunity to build platonic solids. Among those topics, students will also explore Euler’s Formula and Trigonometry. 

Grade 8 Topics

While in the 8th grade, students will complete the HS Regents Geometry Curriculum and take the regents! This will give them an academic advantage when applying to high schools, already having a high school leveled course and regents on their record. 

Students will continue exploring geometric relationships, this time within circles. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to complete and defend their work in mathematical proofs. While doing so, students will explore and utilize theorems and postulates to help enrich their understanding of the topic. Students will culminate the year by completing the HS Geometry Regents. 

Partnerships or Shows

Pearson Envision 6-8th &  HS Geometry Curriculum, IXL, Delta Math, Desmos, Emath Instruction, Math Museum. 

Mark Twain D21 Testing

The test is 50 questions long, all multiple choice. Answers are recorded on a Scantron Form so please bring in #2 (or HB) pencils and good quality erasers.


Here are some of the specific types of questions we are incorporating into the test:

  • Reading Comprehension of a technical nature
  • Multi-step problem solving
  • Sequences & Patterns
  • Puzzles
  • Analysis of Charts and Graphs
  • Critical Thinking
  • Attention to minute details
  • Logical thinking (AND, OR, IF THEN, etc.)
  • Sequential thinking
  • Concept Maps / Outlines / Flowcharts
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Empirical questions (experiment vs. experience/observation)
  • Simulations/system modeling
  • Scientific theory
  • Comfort level with the internet and technology
  • Ability to see and think in 2D and 3D
  • Inherent ability to approximate/estimate
  • Basic online research skills
  • Basic arithmetic, geometry and early (they are in grade 5) algebra skills
  • Basic computer application skills
  • Awareness of social problems relating to technology
  • Comfort with the use of symbols