Honors Mathematics is for academically talented students who demonstrate mathematical understanding, problem-solving, and reasoning skills. Honors Mathematics students are able to demonstrate that they grasp mathematics concepts quickly, see patterns, think flexibly, and make connections across disciplines.
Honors Mathematics begins as early as the second trimester of Grade 3 and continues through Grade 8. At the elementary schools, pull-out Honors Mathematics instruction takes place during the normally scheduled math block. In junior high, Honors Mathematics instruction takes place during the student’s normally scheduled math class. Elementary Honors Mathematics is offered at all fourteen elementary schools and segues into junior high Honors Mathematics, which is offered at all five junior high schools.
Honors Mathematics students progress through the critical objectives of the Illinois Math Learning Standards at an accelerated rate. Therefore, students in Honors Mathematics complete Algebra 1 in Grade 8 and enroll in Honors Geometry in their first year of high school. An overview of the Honors Mathematics curriculum is available at the district website:
• Progression of Studies/Coursework
• K-5 Math Yearlong Curriculum Maps
See Identification and Placement for Honors Mathematics eligibility information. Students, who enroll in Honors Mathematics, do not need to requalify for ongoing placement.