Integrated Math

  • Begining with the 2017-18 school year, GUSD will transition from a traditional high school math pathway to an integrated high school math pathway. This change will affect Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.

    Instead of taking each course separately, students will be exposed to a mix of algebra and geometry concepts over three years in Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Integrated Math III.

    Students currently taking 8th Grade Math and transitioning to year one of high school math in the fall will take integrated math instead of Algebra I. GUSD will continue to offer an accelerated pathway to AP Calculus BC at each of our high schools.

    Why the transition to Integrated Math?

    GUSD middle and high school mathematics educators voted to make the transition to integrated math for several reasons:

    • K-8 math and advanced mathematics courses use an integrated math approach. Transitioning algebra and geometry courses to an integrated math model aligns with the approach already being implemented at other grade levels.

    • Research suggests that an integrated math curriculum has the potential to facilitate students’ mathematical thinking more effectively than a traditional math curriculum.

    • In the traditional math model, if a student struggles to master standards in Algebra I, it may take them several years to transition into Geometry. An integrated math approach introduces a mix of algebra and geometry concepts over a period of several years, ensuring that students are exposed to both subjects simultaneously. Algebra and geometry concepts become increasingly complex each year as students are developmentally ready to comprehend them.

    • The SAT and CAASPP math assessments test students’ knowledge of multiple subjects, including algebra, geometry, probability and statistics, and trigonometry. By transitioning to an integrated math approach, every GUSD student will be exposed to all of these concepts before taking their exams.

    • In the real world, problems do not come in a box labeled “algebra” or “geometry.” By using an integrated math approach, students can decide which skills to call upon to solve a particular problem. This will better support their real-world understanding of math.

    • The majority of other countries, including countries with the highest-performing math students, such as Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, and South Korea, follow an integrated math model.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Integrated Math


Integrated Math Pathways Infographic
Last Modified on April 12, 2017