The curriculum for 9-12 mathematics is designed to integrate our school mission with courses that both reinforce and challenge and are taught in a structured environment designed to encourage success. Our upper school mathematics offers all state required courses for graduation and college admission, in addition to advanced level courses and electives. Regular department meetings enable us to be proactive in our desire to offer the best possible instruction for our students’ future success.
Algebra I – 8/9
Algebra I is the study of the fundamentals of algebra; including operations with real numbers and polynomials, and linear equations, relations, functions, and systems. Introductory work with quadratics and other nonlinear functions is included. Emphasis is placed on skill mastery and problem solving.
Geometry – 9/10
Geometry is the deductive study of figures, beginning with simple figures such as segments and angles, progressing through other plane figures (triangles, quadrilaterals, other polygons, and circles), and finishing with three-dimensional figures (prisms, pyramids, cylinders, cones, and spheres). The concepts of congruency, similarity, and proof are developed and emphasized. The use of algebra and arithmetic in problem solving is prevalent throughout the course.
Algebra II – 10/11
Algebra II solidifies the learner’s mastery of the fundamentals of algebra and continues with the study of more advanced algebraic concepts including functions, rational expressions, systems of equations and inequalities, complex number, quadratic equations and matrices. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, practical applications and modeling.
Pre-Calculus – 11/12
Pre-Calculus provides students an honors-level study of advanced functions; including polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric; their characteristics, composites, inverses, graphs, transformations and applications. Both the triangle and unit circle approach to trigonometry are emphasized. Applications and modeling from the sciences, engineering, economics and other fields are included throughout the course. Graphing calculators are used daily for instruction and assessment.
Calculus – 12
Calculus is the study of the mathematics of change and motion. Basic topics from both differential and integral calculus are developed numerically, graphically, and analytically in an attempt to provide understanding of concepts as well as proficiency in problem solving.
Advanced Functions and Modeling – 11/12
Advanced Functions and Modeling provides students an in-depth study of functions and their applications. Emphasis is placed on using functions to model and solve problems from the workplace, the sciences, the social sciences, economics, public policy, and other areas of interest to the consumer. A thorough review of algebraic concepts and skills is included.
Business Math – 12
Business math incorporates mathematics and business applications. Math skills workshops allow students to refresh basic math concepts. Units on personal finance provide skills from understanding banking procedures to buying a home. Business situations are explored from travelers’ expenses to financial and corporate planning.