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 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               

Math and Science Open House 2020

Application Process

For school year 2020-2021, the Rippon Math and Science Program is full; we are NOT taking any additional applications or new students for this school year.

Starting November 1, 2020, you may apply to the program for the 2021-2022 school year.   PWCS sponsored an information night on Monday October 26, 2020.  The Math and Science Presentation goes over the general requirements for the program.

The application is open from November 1, 2020 until February 1st, 2021.  Here's a link to the county website with more information:   PWCS MS Specialty Programs



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 (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 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 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 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 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.

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.   This year, virtual field trips will be offered.