Richland Math Masters Program / by David Franz

We have a big announcement. One of the goals of our partnership with Shafter schools has been to help make Shafter a place where students would be able to achieve all that they are willing to work for. This summer, Richland schools are taking another step toward making that a reality. We are proud to be part of it. The Math Masters Program is a small pilot for entering 6th grade students with big potential. Below is an open letter from the Elementary Principals to parents of students going into 6th grade.


We are happy to share an opportunity for students who will be entering sixth grade next year in the Richland School District.  It is called the Richland Math Masters Program. This is a chance for your child to begin working on 7th grade math next year, in 6th grade. Entrance into the Math Masters Program requires using Khan Academy to master 5th and 6th grade math in the summer (see below for more details). If your student does not already have one, they can get a free Khan Academy account online (  For assistance, go to the Shafter Learning Center at 236 James Street (in the same building as the Shafter Library) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30.  Or on Saturdays from 10am to 12pm. The Learning Center also has computers available for student use.  The Learning Center is open from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday and 8am to 5pm on Saturdays.

Entry Requirements

Students must:

1) Be entering 6th grade at a Richland Elementary school.

2) Master the Khan Academy missions for 5th and 6th grades by August 15th, 2014.

3) Pass an entry exam of 6th grade math at the beginning of the school year. 

Program Features

1) Students will not be required to do the same homework as their classmates, but will use technology to learn math at an accelerated pace. Students will participate in group projects with their class.

2) Math Masters students will be given preferred enrollment and a tuition waiver for advanced math classes at the Shafter Learning Center.

3) Math Masters students will be automatically placed on the Math Field Day team.

4) Math Masters students will take at least one special field trip and receive a Math Masters T-shirt.

5) Math Masters student math grades will be based on 6th grade quarterly benchmark exams.

6) To remain in the program, students should continue to progress ahead of their grade level and demonstrate continued mastery of 6th grade material on quarterly benchmark tests.


Mrs. Blacklock, Principal, Golden Oak Elementary

Mr. Rodriguez, Principal, Sequoia Elementary

Mrs. Romero, Principal, Redwood Elementary