The demands of Common Core Mathematics Standards challenge students to strengthen their skills in order for students to meet the College and Career Readiness standards. Focus, coherence, and rigor are stressed, allowing our faculty to teach fewer topics with more depth and practice for students. This in turn increases the likelihood that students will understand and master mathematics concepts for their respective courses. With the demands of a technologically-based 21st century global community only increasing, our curriculum framework prepares students not only for college but for a satisfying, productive career in the global economic landscape.
One of the important goals of the Mathematics Department is to help students develop an expertise in the following Mathematical Practices (Source: NYSED site):
- Make sense of the problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics to solve everyday problems.
- See appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
Mathematics 7 (1 Year 1 Credit)
This Common Core-aligned course helps seventh grade students understand and apply proportional relationships, rational number operations, problem solving using scale drawings and constructions. Other topics Mathematics 7 students will study include but are not limited to area, surface area, and volume. Students will also sharpen and refine their investigative skills by engaging expressions and equations, geometry, statistical and probability-related problems. (Requirements: Midterm, Final Examination, NYS Exam)
Prerequisite: Mathematics 6
Mathematics 8 (1 Year 1 Credit)
In this Common Core-aligned course, eighth graders will work extensively with the number system (rational/irrational numbers), geometric principles including the Pythagorean Theorem, congruence and similarity of shapes, and statistics and probability. Students will also apply algebraic and geometric concepts to real life problems. (Requirements: Midterm, Final Examination, NYS Exam)
Prerequisite: Mathematics 7
Special Note: All high school math students must use a standard graphing calculator for the classes listed below.
Integrated Algebra (1 Year 1 Credit)
This Common Core-aligned course is the first Regent-level Mathematics course offered for High School students. Students will master the basic mathematical practices outlined by NYSED. Integrated Algebra students will also interpret structure of math expressions, perform and understand various mathematical problems, written and oral expressions, and problems with polynomials, rational expressions, linear equations, quadratic and exponential functions, and absolute value. Additionally, students will engage principals and problems of coordinate geometry represent equations and inequalities graphically. This course may also be taken as an Honors course. (Requirements: Midterm, Final Examination, Regent Examination)
Prerequisite: Mathematics 8
Geometry (1 Year 1 Credit)
In this sophomore-level Regents mathematics course, students will master the basic mathematical practices outlined by NYSED. Students will focus on similarity of triangles, circles, and quadrilaterals, and basic trigonometric functions. In addition, Geometry students will work with congruence using transformations. Students will also explore geometry theorems and postulates pertinent to their studies. Geometry stresses the use of reasoning and proofs, challenging students to solve problems using the concepts they have learned. This course may also be taken as an Honors course. (Requirements: Midterm, Final Examination, Regent Examination )
Prerequisite: Integrated Algebra
Algebra II/Trigonometry (1 Year 1 Credit)
This Regents-level course integrates students’ understanding of geometric expressions, equations and inequalities, complex numbers, logarithms, and coordinates geometry. Students will be challenged to explore trigonometric functions probability and statistics problems with intensive modeling applications. (Requirements: Midterm, Final Examination, Regent Examination)
Pre-Calculus (1 Year 1 Credit)
This Common-Core aligned course integrated algebraic, geometric, and trigonometric functions, conic sections, and logarithms to explore and engage the course material. The course is designed to prepare students for the more intensive Calculus courses offered. (Requirements: Midterm, Final Examination)
Prerequisite: Algebra II/Trigonometry
AP Calculus AB (1 Year 1 Credit)
Students who take this course will be grounded in differential and integral calculus. They will also engage functions graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. In addition, students will study derivatives, solve problems and explain solutions in well-written sentences, incorporate relevant technology to reinforce instruction. Students enrolled in this course will take the AP Calculus A/B examination on Wednesday, May 7th. (Requirements: Midterm, AP Calculus Exam)