Math Department (Grades 9-12)

Teachers:
Dana Alday
Carol Baker
David Bell
Jane Gale
Mandy Hall
Keith Helms

Courses:

Foundations of Algebra - Foundations of Algebra will provide many opportunities to revisit and expand the understanding of foundational algebra concepts, will employ diagnostic means to offer focused interventions, and will incorporate varied instructional strategies to prepare students for required high school mathematics courses. The course will emphasize both algebra and numeracy in a variety of contexts including number sense, proportional reasoning, quantitative reasoning with functions, and solving equations and inequalities.  Students qualify for the class based upon standardized test results and the IKAN assessment results.

GSE Algebra I - Algebra I is the first course in a sequence of three required high school courses designed to ensure career and
 college readiness. The course represents a discrete study of algebra with correlated statistics applications. The focus of this course is on relations between quantities and expressions, reasoning with linear equations and inequalities, modeling and analyzing quadratic functions, comparing and contrasting functions, and describing data.

GSE Geometry - This is the second course in a sequence of three required high school courses designed to ensure career and college readiness. The focus of this course is similarity, congruence, right triangle trigonometry, circles, quadratic functions, geometric and algebraic connections and applications of probability.  The course embodies a discrete study of geometry analyzed by means of algebraic operations with correlated probability/statistics applications and a bridge to the third course through algebraic topics.

GSE Algebra II - This is the culminating course in a sequence of three high school courses designed to ensure career and college readiness. It is designed to prepare students for fourth course options relevant to their career pursuits.  The students will apply methods from probability and statistics to draw inferences and conclusions from data.  Students expand their repertoire of functions to include quadratic (with complex solutions), polynomial, rational, and radical functions.  And, finally, students bring together all of their experience with functions to create models and solve contextual problems. HOPE Rigor Course.

GSE Pre-Calculus - Pre-Calculus focuses on standards to prepare students for a more intense study of mathematics.  The critical areas delve deeper into content from previous courses.  The study of circles and parabolas is extended to include other conics such as ellipses and hyperbolas.  Trigonometric functions are further developed to include inverses, general triangles and identities.  Matrices provide an organizational structure in which to represent and solve complex problems.  Students expand the concepts of complex numbers and the coordinate plane to represent and operate upon vectors.  Probability rounds out the course using counting methods, including their use in making and evaluating decisions.  HOPE Rigor Course.

GSE Accelerated Algebra I/Geometry A - is the first in a sequence of mathematics courses designed to ensure that students are prepared to take higher‐level mathematics courses during their high school career, including Advanced Placement Calculus AB.  The focus of this course is on the relationships between quantities and expression, reasoning with linear equations and inequalities, modeling and analyzing quadratic, as well as exponential functions, comparing and contrasting functions, describing data, transformations in the coordinate plane, similarity, congruence, and right triangle trigonometry. 

GSE Accelerated Geometry B/Algebra II - This is the second in a sequence of mathematics courses designed to ensure that students are prepared to take higher‐level mathematics courses during their high school career, including Advanced Placement Calculus AB.  Students continue to work with geometry concepts as the work with circles and theorems related to them.  The students then move onto applying the geometric concepts they have previously learned in the coordinate plane in finding distances and writing equations of circles.  They then build upon the probability concepts they learned in middle school.  Students expand their repertoire of functions to include quadratic (with complex solutions), polynomial, rational, and radical functions.  And, finally, students bring together all of their experience with functions to create models and solve contextual problems.

GSE Accelerated Pre-Calculus - Accelerated Pre-Calculus focuses on standards to prepare students for a more intense study of mathematics.  The critical areas organized in seven units delve deeper into content from previous courses.  The study of circles and parabolas is extended to include other conics such as ellipses and hyperbolas.  Trigonometric functions are further developed to include inverses, general triangles and identities.  Matrices provide an organizational structure in which to represent and solve complex problems.  Students expand the concepts of complex numbers and the coordinate plane to represent and operate upon vectors.  Probability rounds out the course using counting methods, including their use in making and evaluating decisions.  HOPE Rigor Course.

Advanced Placement Calculus AB - Follows the College Board syllabus for the Advanced Placement Calculus AB Examination. Includes properties of functions and graphs, limits and continuity, differential and integral calculus.  HOPE Rigor Course.