Graduation Requirement: 3 credits taken in high school
Placement for freshmen: Freshmen are placed in Algebra 1 or Accelerated Alegbra 1 based on their score on the STS test or another standardized test which gives a national percentile. If a student has taken Algebra 1 in grade school they may take a placement test at the end of the school year to determine if they have learned the essential Algebra concepts so they may be placed into Accelerated Geometry or Geometry for their freshman year. Similarly for students who have taken Algebra 1 and Geometry in grade school.
Mathematics education requires students to think critically as they relate mathematics to real life situations. The focus of mathematics involves the development of logical reasoning skills in problem solving situations and the ability to communicate one’s understanding. The use of technology and cooperative learning leads students to discover, analyze, and make connections among mathematical concepts. Students need numerous and varied experiences related to the cultural, historical, and scientific evolution of mathematics so that they can appreciate the role of mathematics in the development of our contemporary society and realize its impact on their future career choices. Students also need to explore relationships between mathematics and the disciplines it serves: the physical and life sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. Courses offered make it possible for all students to understand mathematics at a depth and pace that is appropriate for the individual student.