There are three pathways for students in Pasco schools. Most students follow a Core Pathway, which allows them access to grade-level standards each year. Next, an Accelerated Pathway, provides students with an "accelerated" experience by compacting standards from multiple years into a single course. Finally, in the Advanced Pathway are students who have demonstrated a proclivity to mathematics and an ability for even more intense math experiences.
Students are screened in the spring of their fifth grade year and those who qualify for the accelerated pathway begin the compacted series in their sixth grade year. Some schools may have enough students to create an accelerated class. Others might have small groups working with a teacher. No matter how the learning environment is shaped, these students learn all the sixth grade and about half of the seventh grade math standards.
Students are screened annually to determine placement on the Math Pathways.
In seventh grade, students on the accelerated pathway will be learn the remaining 7th grade and most of the 8th grade math standards. Students on the advanced pathway will be learning the rest of the seventh, most of the eighth grade and all the Algebra I (high school) math standards.
Students in the accelerated and advanced pathways have the option to take Statistics, Calculus, or AP Calculus before finishing their high school careers. Either pathway prepares students to be ready for Running Start.