bound students. The key is to minimize the amount of CMP materials you child will be exposed to:

1. Sixth graders : skip
6th grade CMP to take 7th grade math

a. If you child can pass the test given at the end
of the school year.

b. Even if you child cannot pass, waive the child
into the 7th grade math.

c. In 1998-1999 school year, 13 out of 15 students
in a math class did not pass the qualified test.

They all did well in the
7th grade math class. Don't be intimated by teachers
or principals who

say
your child is not ready. Instead believe in your child and make sure your
child do some

math
such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions
in the summer.

2. Seventh graders : take
the 8th grade honors math class

a.
If your child can pass the test given at the end of the school year or

b. sign a waiver form and
waive the child into the honors 8th grade math.

c. The experience of parents
said the child needs to work hard in the beginning of the school term

in
order to catch up with the Algebra materials. Make
sure your child do some 7th grade math

in
the summer even if it means you need to hire a tutor.

3. Eighth graders
: Take CHAMPS or high school Honor Algebra
I or 8th grade honors math

a.
to qualify for CHAMPS, you child must take SAT and score above certain
scores.

CHAMPS
is a very intensive math course (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and Algebra
III

in
two years). The class meets only once a week at MSU for fifteen weeks.

It
is not for everyone.

b.
Make sure you child really has mastered Algebra I before you sign him/her
up for Algebra II

or
Geometry. Because of all the CMP materials thrown into the 8th grade
honors math, your

child
may not be as prepared as students who took traditional Algebra I.

c. If you child is in the
regular 8th grade math, that means he/she is at least two math grade

level
behind students in Hong Kong and Singapore.

4. High Schoolers : Take
all the Honor Track classes and AP class only.

Do not take CORE
PLUS or Integrated math.