<p>I have a great amount of respect for many individuals on this board, so I am bringing forth this non-life threatening issue. Just hoping to get some sound advice.</p>

<p>First of all, D2 is not destined for HYP or the like. We are not trying to accelerate her in math, the end goal in 5 years would be an admission to a competetive or very competitive college where she will be happy. We think she is getting a little off track and hope to right her.</p>

<p>D2 is 13 and in grade 7, one of the oldest in her grade, but not maturing quickly physically or socially. She was out of school sick 3 weeks this year. She is in a rather competitive independent middle school that our older D attended. We are pleased with the school overall it does send a large percentage of kids to highly competitive schools, but their math program confuses us somewhat. We just accepted it, and allowed the school to track D1 as she was very young for her grade, and Id had a negative experience with being put in Algebra 1 too early (for me 8th grade I was 12 going on 13) I struggled, but then did quite well later on in math was a Finance major, and now a pretty high level IT exec. Certainly no engineer, but it clicked with me at about age 15 and I did much better soph/junior/senior years and in college. </p>

<p>This school seems very conservative with math placement. Essentially, if you dont get a 90 or better in 7th grade math, plus certain standardized test scores (results not back yet for D2) they will not place you in Algebra 1 in 8th grade you will wait until 9th grade for Alegbra 1. Most of the class takes Geometry in 10th grade, then the 9th grade Alg 1 takers take Algebra 2 in grade 11, some others take a pre-calc/trig class, or pre-calc analytic geometry. A small group (maybe 10-15 out of around 60) are selected for Algebra 1 in 7th grade, and some eventually would progress as far as AP Calc II (this will never be our child not aiming for this) So, the school offers many levels of math but I get the impression they want everyone succeeding and getting Bs and As period. So, you wont be put into a class where you might struggle. You will not be put in certain classes without a 90 in a predecessor class. D1 never saw mostly A's in math, but only made it to pre-calc in grade 12.</p>

<p>So, D2 will probably end the year with an 85. Therefore, she will not be in Algebra 1 next year. She had a low A semester grade and then dipped last quarter to a lowish B for the quarter. All other subject grades are high Bs low As. The reason for the lowish B was two HW assignments with zeroes, 8 test/quizzes not signed, 1 low test grade, 2 low quiz grades. Carelessness abounds.</p>

<p>We would have preferred that she end up in Algebra 1 in grade 8 for a couple of reasons this school ties science placement to math if you end up in Algebra 1 in grade 9 (which is the lowest math level) you end up in the lowest science level. Also, if you are ever in the lowest level of anything during high school, you are automatically ineligible for their honor society. (so, there are kids with 4.0s and 1550 SATs who wont be in the honor society because they took one low level class) And lastly, for some kids, this tracking leads to taking Algebra II in grade 11 which is tough on your PSAT readiness and your SAT performance when you take them in Spring of grade 11. You are not quite done Alg II yet. Not great.</p>

<p>Our options
1) get over it, dont worry, relax and let D2 have a fun summer
just go with the flow and let her be in the lowest level math and science in her HS.<br>

2) enroll her in a summer Algebra I class 3 hours a day for 5 weeks plus homework. Ask that her school either accept her (hopefully) passing grade in this Algebra 1 class, and have her retake it in grade 8 and get As hopefully therefore entering grade 9 in Alg II.

3) whats the middle ground? How do we get her skills up? She is not fast, and makes careless mistakes, and loses points on gimmees. Are there any home school curriculums we could follow over the summer? Her school always assigns summer math work, so she will be doing that anyway.</p>

<p>I am corresponding with the teacher a bit right now. She has said the Algebra 1 summer class will help her, but there is no commitment to accepting that class to have her enter grade 8 Algebra 1. D2 is saying right now that she wants to take the Alg I class, but I can see her wincing when she thinks about missing some fun stuff.</p>

<p>As parents, our style has been not to micromanage the kids, not checking completed HW, not looking at every quiz, not reminding them to do every little thing. But, we take away privileges for poor grades she is losing privileges because of the low B. </p>

<p>D1s grades in this same math class were better, but she was a full year younger in the same grade - but she still did not make Alg 1 in grade 8. I know I should not compare kids but they are incredibly alike in many respects so it is difficult not to. </p>

<p>So, any help, advice, success or failure stories, would be appreciated.</p>