KPM Mathematics Program & News


The King Philip Middle School Mathematics program is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. As such, it reflects the development of both conceptual and procedural knowledge/skill, follows a research-based progression of topics from grade to grade, and builds the habits of mind and practices essential for growth as a mathematics learner. These practices are:

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Model with mathematics.
  • Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • Attend to precision.
  • Look for and make use of structure.
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

The focal areas for each grade/course are:

Grade 6

(1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking.

Grade 7

(1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

Grade 8

(1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

Algebra I

Seeing Structure in Expressions

Creating Equations

Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities


The American Mathematics Competition 8 is coming up shortly. This is an opportunity for talented math students in grade 7 and 8 to compete on a national level by solving a set of rigorous mathematical questions. Stay tuned!