Grades 6 and 7
Each 6th and 7th grade student should have his/her own inexpensive, basic calculator. Calculators will be used in class, for homework, on some assessments, and they are increasingly allowed on year-end standardized testing. Teachers will instruct students on calculator usage in class.
Algebra I and Grade 8
TI-83 or TI-84 Graphing Calculator
A key everyday tool for learning mathematics in the 21st century is a graphing calculator. In order to ensure that all students are prepared to meet the desired outcomes of our 8th grade program, we strongly recommend that all rising 8th graders purchase a graphing calculator.
We recommend that students acquire any Texas Instruments graphing calculator from the TI-83 or TI-84 family. These are the calculators most widely used by students in grades 8-12. Having all students using similar calculators enables us to instruct students on how to utilize these devices. All 8th grade mathematics classes will start using the calculators in the fall. Students will be able to use the TI-83/84 for various class work, homework, and assessments in mathematics classes through grade 8 and continuing on throughout all of their high school experience (including some high school science classes).
There is a range of possible costs for a graphing calculator depending on your selection of a specific model and/or the purchase of a new-vs.-used model. All TI-83 and TI-84 calculators are suitable for use at our middle school and at Greenville County high schools. It is not necessary to buy the most expensive model.
Our school is able to obtain calculator-related instructional equipment for free by collecting and submitting proofs-of-purchase. These proofs-of-purchase help our department to purchase additional calculators and equipment for our math program. If you buy a new calculator, please consider saving the proof-of-purchase from the calculator package. Teachers will collect these proofs-of purchase in class.