Mathematics

DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of the mathematics department is to develop mathematically literate and productive students who can effectively and efficiently apply mathematics in their lives to make informed decisions about the world around them. To be mathematically literate, one must understand major mathematics concepts, possess computational facility and have the ability to apply these understandings to situations in daily life. The opportunity to think critically and creatively to solve problems is important to deepen mathematical knowledge and foster innovation. A rich mathematical experience is essential to provide the foundational knowledge and skills that prepare students to be mathematically literate, productive citizens. Through their experience, students should be able to demonstrate understanding of the skills and content knowledge in each of the following conceptual categories:

  • Number and Quantity
  • Algebra
  • Functions
  • Modeling
  • Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability

Suggested course sequencing:

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

ELL Math

ELL Algebra

Algebra 1

Math Foundations 1

ELL Algebra

ELL Geometry

Geometry

Math Foundations 2

ELL Geometry

Algebra 2

Math Foundations 3

CP Math Review

Pre-Calculus

Advanced Mathematical Decision Making

Statistics

Geometry

Algebra 2

Pre-Calculus

AP Statistics

CP Math Review

Calculus

AP Calculus AB/BC

AP Statistics



What career options might I have with a background in Mathematics?

Computer Industry

Database Development

Computer Applications Engineer

Software Designer

Programmer

Computer Technician

Engineering

Aerospace Engineer

Electrical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

Photonics Engineering -

(Fiberoptics, telecommunications)

Retail

Technical Sales

Business Development

Buyer

Sales and Marketing Manager

Financial and Insurance Institutions

Systems Analyst

Financial Planner Accountant

Actuary

Underwriter

Government

Auditor

Researcher

Public Relations

Healthcare

Physical Therapist

Biostatistician

Health Policy Consultant

Education

Elementary Teacher

Secondary Teacher

College Professor


Mathematics Courses

The mathematics curriculum has been developed to prepare all students to be ready for college and careers with an emphasis on algebra, functions and modeling. The goals of the mathematics department are to develop mathematically proficient students by providing experiences that develop students’ ability to:

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Model with mathematics
  • Use appropriate tools strategically
  • Attend to precision
  • Look for and make use of structure and regularity in repeated reasoning; and
  • Work collaboratively to investigate ideas and solve problems.

Most mathematics courses are offered in accelerated and academic levels. Students are required to take three years of mathematics at either level and are highly encouraged to take a fourth year to meet the admission requirements of many colleges and universities.

The accelerated mathematics program is offered to capable and interested students who have displayed superior ability and achievement in previous mathematics courses. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for acceleration and enrichment.

To select a sequential accelerated mathematics course, a student should have a grade of “83” or better in his/her previous mathematics course and/or received the recommendation of the mathematics department. If a student has completed Algebra I in eighth grade, he/she may be able to select Calculus in their senior year after successfully completing the first three years of the sequence. Students who successfully complete the study of Calculus should obtain a mathematical experience equivalent to, at best, one year beyond the standard college preparatory mathematics sequence and may be able to obtain advanced placement credit upon matriculating at a college or university.

All mathematics courses will make extensive use of graphing calculator technology. It is strongly recommended that all students enrolled in mathematics courses own a TI-84 graphing calculator

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