CPM offers two options for acceleration to Algebra 1 in the 8th grade. Both pathways utilize the Core Connections, Courses 1-3 (CC1-3) middle grades courses, so no special books will need to be ordered. In the few cases where the pacing guide uses a lesson from the second book out of sequence, those pages may be downloaded and copied for the students (see files below). This approach gives schools flexibility from year to year as the number of students following the accelerated pathway fluctuates.
The first option, which is recommended by the CPM mentor teachers and authors, begins acceleration in the 6th grade. Students complete CC1 and half of CC2 in 6th grade, then complete CC2 and all of CC3 in 7th grade. They take CC Algebra in 8th grade. This plan offers the most flexibility and ease for students to opt in or out of acceleration with respect to the content and cognitive demand of these courses. If the pace is too demanding in the 6th grade, students can resume a regular 7th grade course with a head start. If students opt in at 7th grade, it will be easier for them to catch up on the content from the first part of CC2.