__Course Descriptions__

__Course Descriptions__

__Math 7__

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to improve their basic math skills and prepare them for success in either Pre-Algebra 8 or Algebra 1. Pre-algebra is the beginning of high school math. The course introduces a variety of topics including integers, ratios and polynomials. *This course is taken by all 7th grade students.*

__Pre-Algebra 8__

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to improve their basic math skills and prepare them for success in Algebra Students will begin with a general review of order of operations, exponents, equations, metrics, and data analysis. Integers, linear equations, functions, fractions, decimals, percents, ratios, and geometry with focus on problem solving and application will also be covered. *This course is taken by all 8th grade students not taking Algebra I.*

__Algebra I (8)__

This course is designed to challenge students to become active learners of mathematics; learners who uncover mathematical relationships in the world around them. Students are exposed to a wide variety of new concepts and skills that will be used to explore problems, organize information, look for patterns, and make conjectures. Prerequisites: A 90% grade average every 9 weeks of Pre-algebra, teacher recommendation, acceptable score on a math placement test, and standardized testing scores. *This course is taken by all 8th grade students not taking Pre-Algebra.*

__Algebra I (9)__

This course is designed to challenge students to become active learners of mathematics; learners who uncover mathematical relationships in the world around them. Students are exposed to a wide variety of new concepts and skills that will be used to explore problems, organize information, look for patterns, and make conjectures. Prerequisites: Pre-Algebra (except 8th graders who take Algebra I); scientific calculator required. *This course is taken by all 9th grade students not taking Geometry.*

__Geometry__

Geometry is the mathematical study of shapes, their properties, and their relationships. Emphasis is placed on student discovery and exploration and on formulating and defending conjectures. Geometry includes an in-depth study of reasoning, polygons, congruence, similarity, right triangles, circles, area, volume, and transformations. Students will use a variety of approaches, such as coordinate, transformational, and axiomatic systems. Students will also derive an appreciation for the connections between geometry and other disciplines such as art and architecture. Students who complete the geometry course will know and understand the core materials in the outline. Prerequisites: Algebra I; scientific calculator required. *This course is taken by all 9th grade students not taking Algebra I.*

__Algebra II/Trig__

This course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts. It develops advanced algebra skills such as systems of equations, advanced polynomials, imaginary and complex numbers, quadratics, and includes the study of trigonometric functions. It also introduces matrices and their properties. The content of this course is important for students’ success on both the ACT and college mathematics entrance exams. Prerequisites: Algebra 1, Geometry; TI 83/84 graphing calculator required. *This course is taken by 10th, 11th, or 12th grade students.*

__Algebraic Connections__

This course is a bridge between Geometry and Algebra 2/Trig designed for students who feel they need a more solid foundation before moving on to Algebra 2/Trig. The course emphasizes equations and inequalities studying them as functions and extending the ideas to systems, with work in matrices. Polynomial and quadratic functions and their applications to conics are studied. Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and Geometry; scientific calculator required. *This course is taken by 11th grade students not taking Algebra II or Pre-Calculus.*

__Pre-Calculus__

This course is a preparation for college mathematics. Topics covered include: Circular functions, periodic functions, identities, graphing, applied trigonometry, complex numbers, trigonometric inverses, conic sections, curve sketching, matrices, functions, coordinate geometry, logarithms, and advanced Algebra concepts. Prerequisites: Algebra II/Trig; TI 83/84 graphing calculator required. *This course is taken by all 11th grade students not taking Algebraic Connections or Algebra II*.

__AP Calculus__

This is a college level course under the College Board curriculum that involves extensive studies of functions, limits, differentiation, integration, applications of differentiation and integration, logarithmic and exponential functions, trig and inverse trig functions. Quarterly, students will complete AP Exam Preparation material to familiarize themselves with types and difficulty levels of AP Calculus questions. At the end of the course students take the AP Calculus AB exam which, depending on the score, may mean receiving college credit and possible exemption from college courses. However, it is necessary to check the policy of the college of choice to determine advantages. Prerequisite: Pre-calculus, teacher approval, and a TI 83/84 graphing calculator only. *This course is taken by all 12th grade students not taking Algebra II or Pre-Calculus.*