Accelerated Math (Zero Period) FAQ

Here are some frequently answered questions about the St. John Accelerated Math Program.

What is Zero Period?
St. John School offers an accelerated Math Program called ‘Zero Period’ for 7th and 8th grade students.  It is a two year program.  In 7th grade students are taught 7th and 8th grade Common Core Math Standards.  In 8th grade students study Algebra 1 and Geometry.

Why is the program called Zero Period?
The accelerated class is taught before school at 7:40-8:15am which is before the 1st period of the day so it became known as ‘Zero Period’!

Who teaches Zero Period?
Currently Mrs. Brumback teaches the 7th grade class and Mr. Tice teaches the 8th grade.

How are students placed into Zero Period versus the Standard Class?*
The placement of individual students has been carefully considered using the following criteria as guidance:

  • Math grades throughout 6th grade
  • Work ethic and teacher observations throughout 6th grade
  • RIT Score
  • AIMSWeb Math Capacity Timed Test score
  • AIMSWeb Computation Timed Test score
  • I.T.B.S. Algebra Readiness Test score

*During COVID-19 the criteria is as follows:

  • Fall 2019 M.A.P. Score  
  • Summative assessments throughout Trimesters 1 and 2  
  • Work ethic during classes in school 
  • Participation in all subjects during the Distance Learning Plan
  • Independence and study skills during the Distance Learning Plan 

My child is an ‘A grade’ student, why did he not get a place in Zero Period?
The placement of all students has been carefully considered.  Zero Period is for students ready to work a year or more above grade level.  If a student earns A’s in 6th grade it shows mastery of the 6th grade Common Core Standards and that they are ready for the 7th grade Common Core Standards. The majority of students will be engaged and challenged by the 7th grade standards taught in the regular class.

My child has been placed in Zero Period, what do I need to know?
Zero period will begin on the first full day of school.  Students should arrive at 7:35a.m. and be seated ready to learn at 7:40a.m. in Mrs. Brumback’s classroom.  During the school day students either come to the regular math class or have a study hall where they complete math homework independently.

What are the rules of study hall?
Study hall is a privilege.  Students should be prepared to work during this time and should always have a book to read after completing their math homework. NO electronic devices are allowed.

What does Zero Period look like during the Distance Learning Plan?
During the Distance Learning Plan, 7th grade Zero period students are expected to complete 4 hours of math per week (60 minutes per day, Mon – Thu). For comparison the standard 7th grade Math class complete 2 hours of work a week.

What math classes do students take in high school?
Students progress at different rates and each high school determines classes for Freshman differently. In general, students in Zero Period enter Honors Algebra, Geometry or Honors Geometry.  Students in the regular class typically enter Algebra, Honors Algebra or Geometry.