Receiving High School Credit for Algebra I and Geometry

  • All high school math classes (Algebra I and Geometry) taken in middle school will be taken for high school credit.  Students who receive a grade lower than B- for any semester will repeat that course in 9th grade.  The middle school course will be part of the student’s high school transcript.  Any course that is retaken will be marked with an “R” and not calculated in the students GPA.

    • Students who earn a B- or above will be placed in the next level math course.

    • Students who earn a C+ or lower will be placed in the same course in order to master the prerequisite skills required for the next level of math.  

    • High School courses taken in middle school will be factored into the student's grade point average.

    • High School courses taken in middle school may count as Core 40 or Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma math requirements.

    However, the Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma requires students to complete four years of mathematics.  At least three of these years must be taken during grades 9-12.  Students who do not take a fourth year of math in high school must take a quantitative reasoning course in its place.  Many 4-year universities require or strongly recommend a fourth year of math.  These schools do not recognize credits awarded during middle school when evaluating math requirements.  Mathematics credits earned prior to entering 9th grade may meet specific course requirements for a Core 40 diploma, but three years of mathematics must be completed during grades 9-12.  Students must be enrolled in a mathematics or quantitative reasoning course each year the student is enrolled in high school.


    Parents and students often wonder how receiving credit in middle school will impact the student's grade point average (GPA).  Here are a few examples of GPA computations to help support you in making this important decision.

    Additional questions may be directed to the NHS Guidance Department.