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 second option follows the plan for acceleration in CCSS's Appendix A. Students take most of CC2 and CC3 in 7th grade, then use Core Connections Algebra in 8th grade along with a few topics from CC3.