Math Department
Gary Ferreira: Math Coach

Math Courses at A. W. Ochoa Middle School
We offer five rigorous math courses at Anthony W. Ochoa Middle School:
PreAlgebra Intervention and Algebra Intervention are designed to assist and support students in their core PreAlgebra or Algebra class.
PreAlgebra builds a strong foundation of the principles of algebra by integrating topics of geometry, trigonometry, probability, and statistics. Students apply their computational skills to algebraic thinking and conceptual problem solving. Coursework relies heavily on the student’s command of the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to extend the study of whole numbers, integers, decimals, and fractions. Attention is given to the relationships between fractions, decimals, and percents. Key content develops a deep understanding of underlying concepts that support algebraic thinking: rational versus irrational numbers, negative fractions and decimals, absolute value, variable, ratio, direct proportion, scale, slope, rate, dimensional analysis, probability, similarity, congruence, and the Pythagorean Theorem.
Algebra students learn to reason and calculate with symbols over a wide variety of problemsolving situations. Algebra emphasizes concepts and skills that support successful abstract thinking. Attention is given to proportional relationships, multiple representations, patterns and generalizations, error analysis, and estimation. Students learn to recognize and apply familiar operations, procedures, and mathematical patterns to realworld problems involving unknown variables. Key content involves understanding, writing, solving, and graphing linear and quadratic equations, including systems of linear equations in two unknowns and systems of linear inequalities in two unknowns.
Geometry introduces students to properties of angles, triangles and other polygons, circles, space figures, coordinate geometry, and transformations. Course content emphasizes the use of logic, valid arguments, and construction of proofs. This course meets all California state requirements for Geometry.
Classroom Expectations:
To make the class environment a safe learning place, you must:
1. Respect yourself, others, and our environment. This includes respecting other’s right
to learn.
2. Be responsible for your education. Come to class prepared and on time daily with the
essential materials to learn.
3. Participate in class activities and complete all assignments.
4. Leave all items outside the classroom that interfere with learning.
5. Set high goals and work to meet them. Challenge yourself and don’t be afraid to make
mistakes.