Math

An overview of the math curriculum

The goals of the mathematics program are to move all students along in their mathematical skills, providing course work appropriate to their needs, to help students complete requirements for graduation, to prepare students for life after high school through college preparatory courses, SAT preparation, basic math skills, and/or consumer math skills, and to develop and enhance inquisitive aspects through math and logic.

Our math curriculum courses are described below:

 
Pre-Algebra – Text – ‘Algebra 1/2′ by John Saxon (Saxon Publishers)
The goals of this course are to strengthen and expand skills with fractions, decimals, whole numbers and to introduce directed numbers, equations, graphing, order of operation rules, ratio, proportion, area, perimeter, and word problems. This text uses cyclic review and skill-building techniques to maintain skills in these areas. Other texts and teacher-prepared materials supplement this work.

Algebra 1 – Text – ‘Algebra 1′ by John Saxon (Saxon Publishers)
The goals of this course are to strengthen and expand skills with numeric calculations, solving equations and order of operation rules, and to introduce exponents, systems of equations, operations with rational expressions, factoring, graphing linear equations, and special word problems. This text uses cyclic review and skill-building techniques to maintain skills in these areas. Other texts and teacher prepared materials supplement this work.

Geometry – Text – ‘Discovering Geometry’ by Michael Serra (Key Curriculum Press)
Topics include vocabulary, deductive reasoning, parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, properties of quadrilaterals, similarity, right triangles and trigonometry, circles, area and volume of polygons and solids, and basic constructions. Supplemental materials are available from Houghton Mifflin and through teacher prepared materials.

Algebra 2 - Text – ‘Algebra 2′ by John Saxon (Saxon Publishers)
The goals of this course are to strengthen and expand skills with algebraic expressions, solving equations, algebraic word problems, and to introduce negative exponents, uniform motion problems, chemical compound problems, non-linear systems, and solving quadratic equations. This text uses cyclic review and skill building techniques to maintain skills in these areas. Other texts and teacher-prepared materials supplement this work.

Algebra 2-B is for students who are not ready for the challenges of Advanced Math and would benefit from reviewing and strengthening their math skills.

Pre-Calculus – Text – Advanced Mathematics by John Saxon (Saxon Publishers)
Topics covered include the six basic trigonometric functions, right triangle problems, Law of Sines and Cosines, several ways to find the area of a triangle, conic sections, and series and sequences. Additional texts and teacher-prepared materials are available to supplement this work.

Applications of Math

The intent of this course is to help student develop their fluency with numbers and mathematical operations by exploring how these things apply to real-life situations, for example, in personal finance or physical measurement. Attention is paid to helping students develop a sense of important financial concepts such as interest rates, and also to helping students become more confident in their use of numbers by developing skills such as estimation. Finally, students will have a chance to discover the joy and fascination of numbers and patterns by investigating how math connects to other disciplines such as music, science, and visual art.