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Navigating Math Pathways

Hand writing algebra equationsFor students who entered ninth grade in 2009-10, an additional math class was required for graduation.  Rather than three math classes, students now must have four math credits in addition to their other requirements to graduate.  These math requirements are aligned to a particular pathway that students can take as they finish their high school career.

Students will select a pathway to follow that will determine which math course they will choose to complete the fourth math.   As a result, students will now graduate with one of three endorsements on their diploma:

College-UNC:  Students who meet the requirements for admission to a UNC System university

  • For the UNC system students, expectations include Algebra I or Math I, Geometry or Math II, Algebra II or Math III and either Advanced Functions and Modeling, Discrete Math, Pre-Calculus, Integrated Math IV, AP Statistics, or AP Calculus

For students who attend other colleges, expectations include Algebra I or Math I, Geometry or Math II, Algebra II or Math III and a fourth math from any mentioned for the UNC Pathway students or Analytical Geometry, Trigonometry, Probability and Statistics, or Mindset.




College:  Students who meet the requirements for admission to a non-UNC system university/college, community college, or technical school

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Career:  Students who meet the requirements for the Career endorsement (completing a CTE Concentration plus earning either a WorkKeys certification at the Silver level or above or other industry-recognized credential.

  • For those students preparing to go the Career route, they may take Algebra I or Math I, Geometry or Math II, and two other mathematics course from the above or a selected group of Career Technical Education courses.

These courses have been granted the equivalent of mathematics courses since the content required within the Blueprints of the course parallel at least 50% of the Common Core State standards required in other math courses.


One final note, students who have learning disabilities or are taking the Occupational Course of Study (OCS) also have CTE course options for their math as well.


About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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