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Mathematics

Middle school students enrolled in Algebra I receive high school credit. All placements are made through testing and department recommendation; all middle school courses are year-long. Three credits of mathematics are required for graduation. These three credits must include the successful completion of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. All courses are one-year long and earn one credit upon successful completion, except as noted. Math courses are geared toward preparing students for Advanced Placement for those who wish to pursue it. Courses are rich in reading, writing, problem-solving and critical thinking and include many applications of mathematics to the real world.
 
Math 6 Grade 6 (year)
In this course, students learn to model functions in numerical, symbolic (equation), table, and graphical forms; communicate mathematics in writing and verbally, justify answers and clearly label charts and graphs; explore and represent data in a variety of forms; use multiple representations to communicate their mathematical understanding.
 
Math 7 Grade 7 (year)
In this course, students acquire an algebraic and graphical understanding of functions; write, solve, and graph linear equations; recognize and verbalize patterns; model slope as a rate of change; communicate clearly to explain methods of problem solving and interpret results; investigate concepts presented visually and verbally.
 
Math 8 Grade 8 (year)
In this course, students prepare for their first course in algebra. This course includes writing algebraic models from a variety of physical, numeric, and verbal descriptions; solving equations using a variety of methods; justifying answers using precise mathematical language; relating constant rate of change to verbal, physical, and algebraic models; using technology to solve problems; reinforcing and extending the vocabulary of probability and statistics.
 
Algebra I Grades 9 -10 (year)
A beginning course in Algebra with the primary purpose of preparing the student for the future mathematics courses outlined for work in mathematics and science. The student will gain an understanding of the properties of real numbers; formalize the language of functions; explore the behavior of functions numerically, graphically, analytically, and verbally; use technology to discover relationships, test conjectures, and solve problems; write expressions, equations, and inequalities from physical models; and communicate mathematics understanding formally and informally. A grade of C or higher will be required in order to be approved for enrollment in Algebra II.

Algebra I Honors ** Grade 9 (year)
Same as Algebra I with additional rigor in practice and application.
 
Geometry Grades 9 -11 (year) Pre-requisite: Algebra I
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the geometric properties in mathematics necessary for further work in the field. The student will read, analyze, and solve right triangle and trigonometric functions within contextual situations; develop area formulas necessary for determining volumes of rotational solids, solids with known cross sections, and area beneath a curve; and explain work clearly so that the reasoning process can be followed throughout the solution.
 
Geometry Honors ** Grades 9-10 (year)
Same as Geometry I with additional rigor in practice and application.
 
Algebra II ** Grades 10-12 (year)
Pre-requisite: Algebra I and Geometry [Algebra I C- or lower will require SS Bridge to Algebra II course assignment]
This course studies the algebraic procedures used in coordinate geometry and analytic trigonometry. Emphasis is placed on the structure and methods of algebra and on general concepts such as the linear system, complex number system, functions. Connections are made between mathematics and the real world through many application problems. The use of the graphing calculator is integrated throughout the course. The student will develop the algebra of functions through operations, composition, and inverses; read and analyze contextual situations involving exponential and logarithmic functions; work with functions graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally; learn optimization problems; Compare the relative rate of change of linear and exponential functions; learn the concept of infinite sum as a limit of partial sums; and work with statistics in numerical summaries, calculations using the normal curve, and the modeling of data.
 
Algebra II Honors ** Grades 10-11 (year)
Same as Algebra II with additional rigor in practice and application.
 
Pre-Calculus ** Grades 11-12 (year)
Pre-requisite: C in Honors Algebra II, B in Algebra II
In this course, the student will gain an introductory understanding of convergence and divergence; collect, analyze, and draw conclusions from data; solve problems in contextual situations dealing with polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; model motion using parametric equations and vectors; develop an intuitive understanding of the limiting process and of continuity; justify his reasoning and understanding verbally, in writing, and with models; use technology to explore and support conclusions.
 
Pre-Calculus Honors ** Grades 11-12 (year)
Pre-requisite: B in Algebra II, or C in Algebra II Honors
Same as Pre-Calculus with additional rigor in practice and application.
 
Advanced Placement CALCULUS AB ** Grades 11-12 (year)
Pre-requisite: C in Honors Pre Calculus, B in Pre Calculus
This course is intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics including algebra, axiomatic geometry, trigonometry and analytic geometry. It is not assumed that they have acquired a sound understanding of the theory of elementary functions. Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement test in Calculus to earn college credit.  Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs). Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.
 
Advanced Placement CALCULUS BC ** Grades 11-12 (year)
Pre-requisite: C in Calculus AB or achieving a 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB Exam This course is intended for students who have a thorough knowledge of college preparatory mathematics including algebra, axiomatic geometry, trigonometry and analytic geometry. It is not assumed that they have acquired a sound understanding of the theory of elementary functions. Students are encouraged to take the Advanced Placement test in Calculus to earn college credit.  Additional AP Exam and materials fee of $125.00 (does not include textbook and workbook costs). Students are required to take the AP Exam in May in order to receive a weighted grade for this class.