Rippon Middle School  Math and Science Specialty Program


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.

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 an intensive integrated program of study. The specialty program will focus on mathematics and science within the context of a comprehensive 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 Coordinator:
Joy Nerenberg:

Update:  April 2020
Due to the closing of PWCS and no SOL testing in the spring of 2020, All rising 6th and 7th grade students who were provisionally accepted into the Math and Science program for the 2020-2021 school year, and whose acceptence packet*  was turned in by 3/11/20, will be automatically be enrolled into the specialty program.

*Acceptance packet includes: Math and Science Contract and Letter of intent signed by 3/11/20.  (Transfer students also must have turned in their transfer form and bus stop information as well.)

Application Process

Link for the Math and Science Specialty program application:

When can I find out more information about the program?
County Information nights:    Monday Oct 8 and Tuesday Oct 9 beginning at 7:00 PM at the Kelly Leadership Center.

Rippon Information night: 
 January 7, 2020  6:00 - 7:00 _ CANCELED DUE TO EARLY CLOSING RESCHEDULED FOR January 9 6:00 - 7:00)

                  (Snow makeup date:  January 9, 2020  6:00 - 7:00)
The meeting will be at Rippon Middle School in the cafeteria.

What should incoming 6th graders expect?
All accepted sixth grade math and science students will be placed in either Math 6 extended or Math 7 extended. Placement of these classes is determined by 5th grade math SOL scores. Math 7 extended placement is determined by a placement test given in June, July or August. Students who qualify for placement testing will receive a letter in June.

  • Math 6 extended (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 (Geometry sequence) is a compact course program 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 into Science Enrichment. This course was 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 November for reminders about applying.  Applications will be due on February 1st and accepted students will be enrolled into the program for the following school year. It is actually quite common to have students use their 6th grade year as a transition year to "get the hang of" middle school. Rising 7th and 8th graders will have the same entrance requirements as rising 6th graders. If they are a 6th grade student, they must be in Math 6 extended during their 6th grade year, meet SOL requirements, and have their mathematics or science teacher fill out a satisfactory teacher recommendation form. 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.

What are the requirements of the program once I am 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 "C" in all classes except for Extended Math and Science, where you must maintain a "B" average.
  • 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 each year.
  • All students must participate in the Science fair.

Failure to meet these standards will result in probation. Uncorrected problems will result in dismissal from the program. Dismissed students may not re-apply for the program. Transfer students removed from the program must go back to their base school the next school year.

What types of activities and field trips do the Mathematics and Science students do?
Math and Science students typically go on 1-2 extra field trips each year to support activities they are doing in the classroom.

Field Trips for 19-20:  Field trip information and permission forms were sent home for 6th and 7th grade the week of Dec 31.

Dec 4, 2019 - 6th Grade Math/Science: Virginia Science Museum
Jan 14, 2020 - Q?Rius lab Smithsonian (Grade 7 Math/Science)
Apr 24, 2020 - Science and Engineering Festival (Grades 6,7,8 Math/Science)
May 29, 2020 - Kings Dominion Coaster Mania contest (8th grade M/S)

Just a few examples of places we go:
Hemlock Regional Park
NASA Goddard - testing facilities
Hershey Park, PA - Math Day
Washington DC Air and Space  Museum
Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum
Laser Quest
Q?rius labs at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Kings Dominion Education Days (Coaster Mania!)
Science and Engineering Expo (Every other year)
National Zoo
Nature Bridge camping experience at Prince William National Park *not just for math/science students

Just a few examples of extra things we do at school:
Research STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) careers.
Snap Circuit Lab
Enriched Science - extra labs
Stock market project
Roller coaster building *8th grade for Coaster Mania
Robotics team