Rippon Middle School  Math and Science Specialty Program

Math and Science Program Information Night

Join us for an in-person Rippon Math and Science Program Information Night on Wednesday January 12, 2022 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.  We will go over the  program features and provide parents and students with a tour of the school.  Hope to see you there.

On Wednesday October 27, 2021, we hosted a virtual information night for parents and students interested in applying to the Math and Science Program for the 2022-2023 school year. The main features of the program were discussed as well as  how to apply.  You can view the recording below.

Rippon Math and Science Program Information Night


The Mathematics and Science program is offered to qualified sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students at Rippon Middle School. The program provides students the opportunity to become engaged in an intensive program of study in mathematics and science. Students in this program are challenged and motivated to develop their critical thinking skills through discovery and exploration.  Express transportation is provided for transfer students.

Vision Statement

The Math and Science Specialty Program at Rippon Middle School will offer students with an active interest in mathematics and science an opportunity to engage in a challenging, integrated program of study. The specialty program will focus on mathematics and science within the context of a comprehensive, standards based middle school program. This unique program will challenge and motivate students to develop and apply critical thinking skills through exploration and discovery in an environment of problem based learning.

Mathematics & Science Coordinators:

Carmela Bertrand                                     Sharon Bicey
[email protected]                         [email protected]

Application Process

You can apply now to the Math and Science Program for the 2022-2023 school year.   

The application is completed online and will be open from November 1, 2021 until February 1, 2022.  To apply, visit the PWCS Specialty Programs website.


What should incoming 6th graders expect?

All accepted 6th grade Math and Science students are placed in either Math 6 Extended or Math 7 Extended.

  • Math 6 extended (Sequence 2 -  Algebra sequence) is a compacted curriculum in which all of the sixth grade math objectives and 1/2 of the seventh grade objectives will be taught in one year. Students in this course will take the Math 6 SOL test in the spring. Upon successful completion, they will be enrolled into Math 7 extended in 7th grade and Algebra I in 8th grade. (Algebra I is a high school credit course!)

  • Math 7 extended (Sequence 3 - Geometry sequence) is a compact course which moves very quickly. Students in this class will complete sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math in one year and take the Math 8 SOL test in the spring. Upon successful completion, the student will take Algebra I in 7th grade, and Geometry in 8th grade. (Both Algebra I and Geometry are high school credit courses!)

All Math and Science program students will be enrolled in Science Enrichment. This course is specifically created for our Math and Science program students to enhance the current Science curriculum.

Can rising 7th and 8th grade students apply?


Students CAN apply to the program during their 6th and 7th grade year for entry the following school year! Announcements will begin to be made in December to remind interested students.   If you are a 6th grade student, you must be in Math 6 Extended during your 6th grade year and meet grade and SOL requirements.   Rising 8th graders must be in Math 7 Extended (or Algebra I) going into Algebra I (or Geometry) in order to apply for the program and meet the grade and SOL requirements.

What are the requirements of the program once I am in the program at Rippon?

  • Upon acceptance into the program, each student will sign a contract that will be maintained for three years.

  • Earn a minimum score of a "B" in Extended Math class and Enriched Science class.

  • Earn a minimum score of a "C" in all other courses.

  • Be well behaved (earn a minimum of "satisfactory" in Conduct) in each class

  • Be willing to work hard (earn a minimum of "satisfactory" in Work Habits) in each class.

  • Must meet contract SOL scores or end of course grades each year.

  • All students must participate in the Science Symposium.

Failure to meet these standards will result in probation. Uncorrected problems may result in dismissal from the program.  Transfer students removed from the program must go back to their base school the next school year.

Field Trips and Activities

In a typical year, Math and Science students go on 1-2 extra field trips a year to support our rigorous learning activities in the classroom.   Field trip schedules and information will be released later in the year.

Once school has started, current Math and Science students and parents will be invited to join a Canvas class where specific Math and Science information (such as field trip details and spirit wear ordering) will be announced.