The math program at the Math and Science Academy consists of a comprehensive curriculum that allows students to advance at their own pace, provided that they can demonstrate mastery of the content material. The typical sixth grade student will start in Pre-Algebra. After students have reached a level of
understanding of basic mathematics, they will begin Algebra I. After completing Algebra I, Algebra II with
Geometry, Algebra III with Geometry and Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus I, students will have
learned all of the mathematics necessary to succeed in a traditional college level Calculus I course. In order to graduate from MSA, students must successfully complete all courses in the math sequence through Calculus I.
MSA students in Pre-Algebra through Algebra II classes gain math knowledge through the presentation of challenges. Students work on the challenges individually and in small groups then present and discuss their findings. At the end of each unit, students organize and assemble their work into portfolios, rather than using a traditional textbook. Algebra III, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus I students use a more traditional math textbook and class format in order to prepare them for college math classes. Student learning is assessed as students present and discuss their work in class each day. Formal assessment occurs through homework checks, quizzes, tests, and the evaluation of the students’ portfolios.
MSA recognizes the fact that our math curriculum is more difficult than that of a typical high school, and that students will progress through this sequence at different speeds. Students may take classes more than once in order to master the content material. Whenever a student chooses to repeat a course at MSA, only the highest grade is recorded on the student's transcript.
The standard required math course sequence appears in the chart below. Students who are following the standard course sequence will be allowed to continue that pace as long as they maintain a semester course grade of C- or higher. Students who are progressing through the course sequence at an accelerated pace will be allowed to continue that pace as long as they maintain a semester course grade of B- or higher. Students who are unable to achieve the required minimum grade at the end of the first semester will be placed in the next lower level class when the second semester begins. Students who are unable to achieve the required minimum grade at the end of the second semester, regardless of their first semester grade, must repeat the class the following school year.
Students who are progressing through the course sequence at a slower pace must earn a course grade of D- or higher to move on to the next course.
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of basic mathematics, and to gain the
thinking and arithmetic skills necessary to succeed in Algebra I. Pre-Algebra uses the Connected
Mathematics Project as the primary guide, as well as selected topics from Addison-Wesley Secondary
Math’s Focus on Algebra and Addison-Wesley Secondary Math’s Focus on Geometry. Students will also be
involved in many activities collected from a variety of sources. Students will not be given a traditional math
textbook from which to study; they will create their own.
Topics include: basic geometric topics, numbers, number systems, statistics, probability, ratio, proportion,
This course is designed to study the relationships between the graphs, tables, and rules of linear functions. Algebra I uses materials from many sources, including the Connected Mathematics Project, Addison-Wesley Secondary Math’s Focus on Algebra and Addison-Wesley Secondary Math’s Focus on Advanced Algebra.
Topics include: linear functions, tables, graphs, symbolic rules, symbolic manipulation, ratios and
proportions, inverse linear functions, linear systems, probability and statistics, families of functions.
Algebra II with Geometry
This course is designed to study the relationships between the graphs, tables and rules of many complex
functions. Algebra II uses materials from many sources, including Addison-Wesley Secondary Math’s
Focus on Advanced Algebra and Functions Modeling Change by Debra Hughes-Hallett.
Topics include: quadratic functions, polynomial functions, inverse rules, multiple representations of
functions in tables, graphs, symbolic rules, and written descriptions, modeling of real-world situations, and
selected geometric topics.
Algebra III with Geometry and Trigonometry
This course is designed to start where Algebra II ends and continue the study of the relationships between the graphs, tables, and rules of even more complex functions. Designed to prepare students for Pre-Calculus and Calculus, this class will involve a lot of practice in algebraic manipulation with the goal that many operations become almost second nature. Algebra III primarily uses Algebra and Trigonometry for College Readiness by Lial and Hornsby.
Topics include: exponents, polynomials, polynomial functions, factoring, rational expressions, rational
functions, roots, radicals, root functions, conic sections, nonlinear systems, trigonometric functions, acute angles, right triangles, right triangle trigonometry, selected geometric topics, probability and statistics.
This course is designed to prepare students for Calculus. Students will learn that functions can be grouped into families and that functions can be used as models for real-world behavior. Pre-Calculus primarily uses Functions Modeling Change by Debra Hughes-Hallett.
Topics include: linear functions, functions, quadratic functions, exponential functions, logarithmic
functions, transformations of functions, trigonometry in circles and triangles, trigonometric functions,
trigonometric identities and applications, compositions and inverses and combinations of functions, vectors and matrices, sequences, and series.
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of Calculus so that they can succeed in a traditional college level Calculus course. Calculus primarily uses Calculus, Single Variable by Debra Hughes-Hallett.
Topics include: functions, derivatives, differentiation, definite integrals, integration, indefinite integrals,
using derivatives and definite integrals.
Geometry, AP Statistics, AP Calculus I, AP Calculus II
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