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Algebra I is a comprehensive course that provides an in-depth exploration of key algebraic concepts. Through a “Discovery-Confirmation-Practice”-based exploration of these concepts, students are challenged to work toward a mastery of computational skills, to deepen their understanding of key ideas and solution strategies, and to extend their knowledge in a variety of problem-solving applications.
Course topics include an Introductory Algebra review; measurement; an introduction to functions; problem solving with functions; graphing; linear equations and systems of linear equations; polynomials and factoring; and data analysis and probability.
Within each Algebra I lesson, students are supplied with a post-study Checkup activity that provides them the opportunity to hone their computational skills in a low-stakes, 10-question problem set before moving on to a formal assessment. Additionally, many Algebra I lessons include interactive-tool-based exercises and math explorations to further connect lesson concepts to a variety of real-world contexts.
To assist students for whom language presents a barrier to learning, this course includes audio resources in both Spanish and English.
The course is built to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards and is aligned with state standards.
Algebra 2 is the equivalent of a two-semester traditional high school Algebra 2 course. This course provides a thorough treatment of algebraic concepts. The course begins with a study of the fundamentals of linear equalities and inequalities and continues with the study of functions, including piecewise, absolute value, and radical functions. A strong emphasis is placed on quadratic functions, including fitting a curve to data. The course ends with a unit of study on polynomials. An emphasis on matrices to solve systems of equations, systems of equations used with linear programming problems, and complex numbers are addressed as solutions to quadratic equations. The mechanics of algebra with real-life applications is evident throughout the course. A transformational approach to graphing all functions is used with families of related graphs. Algebraic and graphical solutions are used when appropriate. Graphing calculators are an integral part of this course.
Algebra 2 uses the Apex curriculum resource, and is offered in two semester segments. Semester A covers Units 1-6 on the syllabus, and Semester B covers Units 7-12. Students wishing to take Trimester or Quarter credits would adjust accordingly.
In AP Calculus, students learn to understand change geometrically and visually (by studying graphs of curves), analytically (by studying and working with mathematical formulas), numerically (by seeing patterns in sets of numbers), and verbally. Instead of simply getting the right answer, students learn to evaluate the soundness of proposed solutions and to apply mathematical reasoning to real-world models. Calculus helps scientists, engineers, and financial analysts understand the complex relationships behind real-world phenomena. The equivalent of an introductory college-level calculus course, AP Calculus prepares students for the AP exam and further studies in science, engineering, and mathematics.
Students will become acquainted with the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students will work on projects involving the hands-on gathering and analysis of real world data. Ideas and computation presented in this course have immediate links and connections with actual events. Statistical computer software will allow students to concentrate on the concepts involved in statistics.
Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry is a curriculum developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. This course is primarily designed to target those students whose “home” school system offers this course. Students who are looking for a course that bridges Algebra 2/Advanced Algebra with Calculus should take Pre-Calculus.
Functions are correspondences or mappings that relate variables. Functions could be considered the most important topic in secondary school mathematics. Statistics and trigonometry are natural applications of functions that help students extend their mathematical skills and maturity as well as prepare them for future study in mathematics. The purpose of this course is to study many types of functions in great detail with a strong emphasis on statistics and trigonometry.
The course enables the student to display, describe, transform and interpret numerical information representations as data, graphs or equations. Using graphing software, the students will visualize functions, explore relations between equations and their graphs, simulate experiments, generate and analyze data and develop limit concepts.
NOTE: This is a textbook-based course with minimal digital activities. It was designed specifically for schools that require FST in their math sequence. You may want to consider Precalculus as the next course after Algebra 2 to prepare for Calculus. Please consult your counselor or NSO to determine the math sequence required for your school.
This course includes a wide variety of activities that provide students with opportunities to discover real-world applications of geometry. The academic Math Standard V: Spatial Sense, Geometry and Measurement is embedded in the course.
The Gifted Algebra course is designed to provide challenging mathematics for 6th and 7th grade students who need greater depth and breadth in their approach to learning mathematics. This course integrates two curricula: Connected Mathematics Project and Discovering Algebra. These curricula provide engaging, discovery-based investigations and are highly consistent with state and national standards-based efforts to improve school mathematics. Students work with data-rich, real-world situations in a curriculum that places algebra in an applications-based context and where investigations precede the introduction of formulas and expressions.
A student may need to take a qualifying test prior to enrolling into this class. To learn more about the Gifted math courses please click and go to our Gifted Math page.
The Gifted Geometry class is designed to provide challenging mathematics for 7th and 8th grade students who need greater depth and breadth in their approach to learning mathematics. This course uses the Discovering Geometry: An Investigative Approach curriculum. It is for students who are looking for a challenging, fast-paced environment to explore mathematics.
Students explore geometric relationships with a wide variety of tools, including compasses, computers, and graphing calculators. Instead of just memorizing rules and definitions, students perform constructions, measure figures, observe patterns, discuss their findings, write their own definitions, and formulate their own geometric conjectures.
The Gifted Math 7 class is designed to provide challenging mathematics for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students who need greater depth and breadth in their approach to learning mathematics. The course will cover the following units of the seventh grade math curriculum: Variables and Patterns, Stretching and Shrinking, Comparing and Scaling, Accentuate the Negative, Moving Straight Ahead, Filling and Wrapping and What Do You Expect? These include topics introducing algebra, integers, linear relationships, three-dimensional geometry, and probability and expected value. This is an advanced class, so the pace will be fast as we explore these concepts using lots of group work, writing, and investigations.
A student must take a qualifying test prior to enrolling in the class. To learn more about the opportunities in the Gifted Math courses please click to go to our Gifted Math page.
Precalculus is a course that combines reviews of algebra, geometry, and functions into a preparatory course for calculus. The course focuses on the mastery of critical skills and exposure to new skills necessary for success in subsequent math courses. The first semester includes linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, radical, polynomial, and rational functions; systems of equations; and conic sections. The second semester covers trigonometric ratios and functions; inverse trigonometric functions; applications of trigonometry, including vectors and laws of cosine and sine; polar functions and notation; and arithmetic of complex numbers. Within each Precalculus lesson, students are supplied with a post-study “Checkup” activity, providing them the opportunity to hone their computational skills by working through a low-stakes problem set before moving on to a formal assessment. Unit-level Precalculus assessments include a computer-scored test and a scaffolded, teacher-scored test. The content is based on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards and is aligned to state standards.
The older we get, the more it seems like we are bombarded with data and information. In this class we will try to teach you to better interpret this information. If you are willing to work hard, use your time wisely, seek help when needed, and become involved, you should be able to find success in Probability and Statistics.