These course descriptions communicate the general content of the senior high mathematics courses. The courses are presented in three major strands to provide an idea of general types of mathematics programs throughout the four years of senior high school.
HONORS: This is the advanced placement strand. Each course in this sequence should be considered for highly capable mathematics students. Each course in this strand has a weighted grading scale. The major courses in this strand are Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra 2 with Trigonometry, Honors Pre-Calculus, and AB Honors Calculus, and BC Honors Calculus. Students successfully completing Challenge Algebra in the eighth grade have met the prerequisite for beginning the program.
COLLEGE PREPARATORY MATHEMATICS: This strand of courses will prepare students for future work in mathematics and the sciences. The major courses in this sequence are Algebra 1A, Geometry A, Algebra 2 with Trigonometry, Finite Math, and Pre-Calculus. This strand is a follow-up of eighth grade Algebra or Pre-Algebra.
GENERAL COURSES FOR COLLEGE BOUND: Courses listed in this strand are Algebra 1B, Geometry B, Algebra 2 and College Prep Math. Pre-Algebra 2 in the middle school or Pre-Algebra at the high school are prerequisites for courses in this strand. This strand is not suggested as preparation for universities with rigorous admission requirements or for students who wish to pursue a technical or math-related career.
The prerequisites listed on the next two pages represent requirements the student must meet for enrollment in a given course. Students who fail to meet the prerequisite must obtain the written consent of the math department to enroll.
This course is designed to prepare the student for algebra. The content of the course covers a review of the fundamental operations of arithmetic and the basic concepts of rational numbers in both fractional and decimal form. The use of variables in formulae and algebraic statements will help prepare the student for solving problem situations in general, and for future work in algebra if desired.
ALGEBRA 1A 11710L
The content of this course is that of a traditional algebra course. The course will review fundamental operations of real numbers with emphasis on the rational numbers. The remainder of the course will emphasize the manipulation of algebraic expressions and the solution of algebraic sentences. This is a college preparatory course.
ALGEBRA 1B 11610L
This course covers a review of fundamental arithmetic concepts and the basic operations with emphasis on rational numbers. The course covers traditional algebraic content and is listed in the college bound strand, but is not recommended to be taken by students planning to major in mathematics or science.
GEOMETRY A 11720L
The content of this course is a traditional high school Euclidean geometry course with emphasis on formal geometric proof. Geometric properties and concepts in both the plane and 3-dimensional space are covered. The course also integrates previously taught algebraic skills through applications to geometric concepts.
GEOMETRY B 11620L
This course covers the traditional high school Euclidean geometry course with an introduction to geometric proof. The emphasis of the course is on geometric relationships of figures, visualization of geometric properties, and measurement. The course also integrates previously taught algebraic skills through applications to geometric concepts.
GEOMETRY (Honors) 11820L
ALGEBRA 2 WITH TRIGONOMETRY 11740L
The content of this course is that of second year algebra with a study of trigonometry. The course reviews concepts and skills of algebra and applies them to more complex algebraic expressions and relations. The course emphasizes classification and properties of the various algebraic relations and functions. Purchase of a graphing calculator is strongly recommended.
ALGEBRA 2 11730L
This course reviews fundamental concepts and skills of high school algebra and applies them to typical topics of second year algebra. The content stresses manipulation of algebraic expressions, solution of algebraic statements, and classification of algebraic relations. This course is listed in the college-bound strand, but should not be taken by students planning to major in mathematics or science.
ALGEBRA 2 WITH TRIGONOMETRY (Honors)
This course is designed for highly mathematically capable students. The course covers second year algebra topics and trigonometry. The focus is on the analysis and understanding of mathematical relations and functions. Purchase of a graphing calculator is strongly recommended. A weighted grade is given.
COLLEGE PREPARATORY MATH 11750L
FINITE MATHEMATICS 11792L
This course is intended to give a solid foundation in the non-calculus portions of mathematics. The finite mathematics topics covered have broad applications in business, biological sciences, psychology, sociology, chemistry, engineering, and political science. The mathematical content includes matrices and their application to linear programming, logic, mathematics of finance, as well as elementary probability and statistics.
This course consists of the study of functions, trigonometry, analytic geometry, selected discrete math topics, and an introduction to calculus. The course will include the theory and application necessary to prepare the student for a calculus course. Since technology use will be an emphasis, a graphing calculator is strongly recommended.
PRE-CALCULUS (Honors) 11870L
This course is designed to prepare students for a calculus course during high school. The content consists of traditional Pre-Calculus topics, but the emphasis of the course is on the underlying structure of mathematics. Students will study, analyze, and apply basic algebraic and transcendental functions. A weighted grade is given.
AP CALCULUS AB (Honors) 11980L
This is an honors course designed for superior students wishing to pursue college level mathematics during their senior year of high school. The course offers an intensive investigation of the operations of differentiation and integration with some emphasis on theoretical aspects of functions of a single variable. A weighted grade is given. The course follows the recommended syllabus of the College Board for the Advanced Placement Calculus AB test, which students are encouraged to take for possible college credit and/or advanced placement.
AP CALCULUS BC (Honors) 11985L
This is an honors course designed for superior students wishing to pursue college level mathematics during their senior year in high school. The course offers an intensive investigation of the operations of differentiation and integration with some emphasis on theoretical aspects of functions of a single variable. A weighted grade is given. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement (BC) Calculus examination.
AP STATISTICS (Honors) 11990L
This Advanced Placement course is for students who wish to complete the equivalent to an introductory, non-calculus based, college course in statistics. Students gain experience in four broad themes: exploring data, planning a study, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. A weighted grade is given.