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  • Algebra I

    Algebra I helps students develop and use algebraic skills with automaticity and accuracy so that they can apply algebraic reasoning while solving a variety of problems. Major topics for this course include linear equations, inequalities, functions and systems, quadratic equations and functions, polynomial expressions and radicals. Students will use the language of algebra to read, write, think and problem-solve mathematically. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9.
  • Algebra II

    Algebra II offers students the opportunity to investigate and understand multiple functions in their three basic forms: numerical, graphical and analytical. Students are introduced to the complex number system, matrices, conic sections, sequences and series. Students will graph multiple types of functions using transformations, gain skills needed to solve more complex equations, factor higher degree polynomials, and make connections between the graphs, factors, and solutions of functions, complex numbers, matrices and conic sections. Prerequisites: Algebra I and Geometry. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9-11.
  • AP Calculus AB

    AP Calculus AB helps students understand that calculus is a tool for understanding the world around us. This course emphasizes making connections between mathematics and real-life situations and finding solutions to everyday problems. Topics include limits, derivatives, integrals and series/sequences. Students will think critically and justify their answers, increase in calculator proficiency and verify theorems and proofs. Note: all students enrolled in this course must take the AP exam during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Algebra I, Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II, Honors Precalculus and Departmental Recommendation. Eligible Grade Level(s): 11-12.
  • AP Calculus BC

    AP Calculus BC helps students understand that calculus is a tool for understanding the world around us. This course emphasizes making connections between mathematics and real-life situations and finding solutions to everyday problems. Topics include limits, derivatives, integrals and series/sequences. Students will think critically and justify their answers, increase in calculator proficiency and verify theorems and proofs. This course builds upon the content and skills taught during AP Calculus AB. Note: all students enrolled in this course must take the AP exam during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Algebra I, Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II, Honors Precalculus, AP Calculus AB and Departmental Recommendation. Eligible Grade Level(s): 12.
  • Calculus

    Calculus enables students to make connections between mathematics and real-life situations as they find solutions to everyday problems. This comprehensive and highly applicable course covers a variety of topics, including limits, derivatives, optimizing areas and integrals. This course will challenge students to explain, justify, verify and interpret information, all while thinking critically about the subject matter. Prerequisites: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Precalculus. Eligible Grade Level(s): 11-12.
  • Geometry

    Geometry enables students to grow in their ability to think and reason logically through analysis, synthesis and the application of geometric ideas and concepts. Major topics for this course include the study of two and three-dimensional objects, logical reasoning and proofs, right triangles and trigonometry, spatial reasoning and circles. Students will use algebra learned in their previous coursework to explain, answer questions and solve problems related to both two-dimensional and three-dimensional space. Students will also learn to use definitions, postulates and theorems to determine the validity of a statement, prove hypotheses and solve problems. Prerequisites: Algebra I. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9-10.
  • Honors Algebra II

    Honors Algebra II seeks to provide diligent, hard-working students with a solid algebra foundation, problem solving skills and strategies, conceptual understanding and the ability to solve and graph a variety of functions. Some important topics in this course include linear, quadratic, polynomial and radical functions, as well as conic sections. Students will solidify their foundation in algebra in order to prepare for higher-level math, solve and graph functions and apply learned concepts and skills to new situations. Prerequisites: Honors Geometry and Departmental Recommendation. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9-11.
  • Honors Geometry

    Honors Geometry strengthens and enhances students’ math background and understanding. Students will review algebraic concepts and learn geometric concepts and properties while developing conceptual understanding of the material. Some important topics in this course include triangles, basic trigonometry and proofs. Students will apply algebra, logic, problem solving and a variety of other concepts as they learn in this rigorous, thought-provoking course.
    Prerequisites: Departmental Recommendation. Grade Level(s): 9-10.
  • Honors Precalculus

    Honors Precalculus helps students to solidify their understanding of the algebraic and trigonometric concepts needed to continue their math education in a calculus course. Students will study trigonometric functions, analytic trigonometry, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions and analytic geometry in this class. Students will develop a strong understanding of the trigonometric functions, while also being able to apply them. Students will also examine a variety of algebraic functions, including polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic. Prerequisites: Algebra I, Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II and Departmental Recommendation. Eligible Grade Level(s): 10-12.
  • Precalculus

    Precalculus prepares students for calculus and any other future math courses awaiting them at the collegiate level. This course also strengthens students’ mathematical foundation as they prepare for college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT. Sample topics from this course include the unit circle and graphing conics. Students will improve in a number of skills, including their abilities to problem solve and factor. Prerequisites: Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. Eligible Grade Level(s): 10-12.
  • Statistical Methods

    Statistical Methods helps students develop a foundational understanding of the importance of statistics. During this course, students will better understand how to efficiently gather and interpret data. This project and discussion-based course addresses a number of topics, including Z-scores, standard curves and probability. Students will spend a considerable amount of time interpreting and organizing data and then presenting their findings to authentic audiences afterward. Prerequisites: Four Upper School Math Courses, Including Precalculus. Eligible Grade Level(s): 11-12.

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