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MATHEMATICS Courses

Math 7 (MTH107)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: None

Students focus on number sense (integers, fractions, decimals, and percents), 2D/3D geometry, expressions and equations, ratios and proportions, and probability. The course embeds the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice as an integral part of lessons. Students should expect nightly homework (approximately 30 minutes), major assessments (tests, projects, quizzes) every three weeks, and a final exam at the end of the year.

 

Accelerated Math 7 (MTH121)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Placement Assessment

Accelerated Math 7 prepares 7th grade students to enter Algebra 1 as 8th graders. The course covers the content in both Math 7 and Math 8, with an emphasis on the 8th grade material. The course embeds the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice as an integral component of lessons. Students should expect nightly homework assignments (approximately 30 minutes), major assessments (tests, projects, quizzes) every three weeks, and a final exam at the end of the year.

Math 8 (MTH108)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: None

Students focus on equations and variables, transformational geometry, Pythagorean Theorem, systems of equations, problem solving, exponents and roots, and 3D geometry. The course embeds the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice as an integral part of lessons. Students should expect nightly homework (approximately 30 minutes), major assessments (tests, projects, quizzes) every three weeks, and a final exam at the end of the year.

 

Algebra 1 (grade 8) (MTH078)

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Math 7 Accelerated OR Placement Assessment

In Algebra 1, students continue to build their understanding of the four representations of linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, data modeling, and manipulating algebraic expressions. They also develop proficiency with rational numbers and exponents. The course embeds the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice as an integral part of lessons. Students should expect nightly homework assignments (30-45 minutes), major assessments (tests, projects, quizzes) every three weeks, and a final exam at the end of the year.

7-8 Fundamentals of Math

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

Fundamentals of Math (formerly "Math Skills 1 or 2") is designed to build on students' skills and understanding of foundational pre-algebraic concepts. Emphasis is placed on mastering skills while also learning how to think about, and reason through, a variety of problems. The curriculum and class materials will be differentiated to meet individual student needs as they develop the content base required to succeed in an Algebra 1 course.

 

Academic Teaching Assistant in Middle School or High School Classes

Graduation Credits: N/A
Credit Type: School Service
Prerequisites: Teacher approval (form available)

High school students may arrange to assist in a middle school academic class in which they have significant experience with the discipline, or a high school class in which they have already earned credit. This is an opportunity to earn school service credit, but NOT academic credit. TAs are expected to check in with the cooperating teacher regularly, participate fully in each class, model class expectations, assist in supporting students and the teacher whenever possible, and engage in pre-planning if taking a lead role as teacher. Prior teacher permission is required.

Algebra 1 (MTH109)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Math 8 OR Placement Assessment

In Algebra 1, students continue to build their understanding of the four representations of linear, quadratic, and exponential functions, data modeling, and manipulating algebraic expressions. They also develop proficiency with rational numbers and exponents. The course embeds the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice as an integral part of lessons. Students should expect nightly homework assignments (30-45 minutes), major assessments (tests, projects, quizzes) every three weeks, and a final exam at the end of the year.

 

Algebra 1a

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

Algebra 1a and Algebra 1b comprise a two-year sequence that covers the same content as the standard Algebra 1 course.

Algebra 1b

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Algebra 1a

Algebra 1a and Algebra 1b comprise a two-year sequence that covers the same content as the standard Algebra 1 course.

 

Algebra 2 (MTH111)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Geometry or co-enrolled in Geometry

Algebra 2 applies and extends concepts developed in previous mathematics courses by focusing on finding connections between multiple representations of functions, transformations of different function families, finding roots of polynomials, and connecting them to graphs and equations, and modeling periodic phenomena with trigonometry. On a daily basis, students in this course use problem-solving strategies, questioning, investigating, analyzing critically, gathering and constructing evidence, and communicating rigorous arguments justifying their thinking. Under teacher guidance, students learn and reflect in collaboration with others while sharing information, expertise, and ideas. Students who elect to take Algebra 2 concurrently with Geometry must have a final grade of 3.2 in Algebra 1 (or similar from a prior school).

Financial Math (MTH119)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Algebra 2 or Administrator Recommendation

This course is intended for seniors who do not plan to go into math-related fields, or higher education study. It focuses on topics related to personal finance including taxes, insurance, banking, borrowing, investing, and budgeting.

 

Fundamentals of Geometry

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

Fundamentals of Geometry addresses the same topics and objectives as the regular Geometry course, but does so by digging more deeply into essential geometric concepts while de-emphasizing some of the more abstract content. In Fundamentals of Geometry, students develop definitions and discover algorithms for measuring 2-D shapes and 3-D solids systematically, they create geometric constructions using a straight-edge and compass and then reason about the designs they create, they map their understanding of geometric figures onto a coordinate grid and use the grid to make well justified arguments about those figures, and they develop models for exploring and analyzing probabilistic situations. Students will be assessed on their progress towards measurable objectives using a range of assessment formats (small quizzes, tests, projects, etc). Homework will be assigned on a semi-regular basis and will emphasize reflection on and synthesis of their learning in a journaling format.

Fundamentals of Math

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Administrator Recommendation

Fundamentals of Math (formerly "Math Skills 1 or 2") is designed to build on students' skills and understanding of foundational pre-algebraic concepts. Emphasis is placed on mastering skills while also learning how to think about, and reason through, a variety of problems. The curriculum and class materials will be differentiated to meet individual student needs as they develop the content base required to succeed in an Algebra 1 course.

 

Geometry (MTH110)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 or co-enrolled in Algebra 1

In Geometry, students prove and apply geometric theorems about lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, and three-dimensional solids. They also explore patterns and consistencies in the transformation of figures on the Cartesian plane. Finally, students develop models to investigate independent and conditional probabilities. The course embeds the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice as an integral part of lessons. Students should expect nightly homework (30-45 minutes), major assessments (tests, projects, quizzes) every three weeks, and a final exam at the end of the year. Students who elect to take Algebra 1 and Geometry concurrently must be recommended by their Math 8 teacher.

Honors AB Calculus (MTH126)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Pre-Calculus or Placement Assessment

This is an advanced "Honors" level course in single-variable calculus that includes techniques and applications of the derivative, techniques and applications of the definite integral, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. It is equivalent to at least a semester of calculus at most colleges and universities. Algebraic, numerical, and graphical representations are emphasized throughout the course. Students will have enough exposure to Calculus to take the AP Calculus AB exam with independent studying required. Students should expect to receive nightly homework, quizzes every few weeks, and major assessments each unit.

 

Mathematical Modeling for Social Change

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Algebra 2 or Administrator Recommendation

Mathematical Modeling for Social Change is an upper level, integrated math course designed for students to use their mathematical knowledge to understand, analyze, and respond to social injustice. Students will primarily use Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, and Probability concepts to model and analyze real-world situations. Not only will students learn and apply new mathematical ideas, but they will also read articles, write reports, and engage in discussions and debates. While the exact topics of study will depend on the interests and identities of the students, possible topics include Climate Change, BLM, Income Inequality, Voting Theory, Gerrymandering, and Gender Inequality, to name a few.

Pre-calculus (MTH103)

Graduation Credits: 10
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Algebra 2

Pre-calculus is primarily a survey of the families of functions that mathematicians utilize in trying to solve problems and make sense of the world. We examine how these functions behave, how we can manipulate them, and how we can use them to model the real world in order to derive meaningful and useful information. The course embeds the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice as an integral part of lessons. Students should expect homework assignments 1-2 times per week and tests or quizzes approximately every two to four weeks.

 

Programming and Game Design (MTH117)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Algebra 2 or Administrator Recommendation

Use the Unity 3D game engine as a platform to learn the C# programming language. Through the development of several simple games, students explore the power of programming as well as the artistic expression that Unity makes accessible to everyone. The focus will be on the scripting side of Unity and not on the creation of 2D and 3D art assets.

Statistics (MTH115)

Graduation Credits: 5
Credit Type: Mathematics
Prerequisites: Algebra 2 or Administrator Recommendation

Statistics is the science of learning from data, and of measuring, controlling, and communicating uncertainty. Statisticians apply statistical thinking and methods to a wide variety of scientific, social, and business endeavors. Students use data to solve problems in a wide variety of fields, and apply mathematical and statistical knowledge to social, economic, medical, political, and ecological problems.

 

 

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