Welcome to the Mathematics Department

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    ALGEBRA I
    GRADE:  9-10            CREDITS:  10            COLLEGE RECOMMENDED?  YES                                       

    PREREQUISITES:  None

    This first-year Algebra course is intended to help students learn and develop solid mathematical thinking and demonstrate mastery of CCSS Algebra 1 content and practice standards.  This course prepares students for more advanced courses in mathematics.  Core units of study include: classifying elements with Venn diagrams, exploring real numbers and their operations, analyzing the structure of algebraic expressions, performing and justifying transformations of polynomial expressions, solving equations and inequalities both by deconstructing and balancing, exploring the nature of functions (with a strong focus on linear relationships), modeling visual patterns with expressions, modeling situations with systems of equations, and working with quadratic functions.  There is a heavy emphasis on fostering a growth mindset in every student.  To that end, this course employs standards based grading, so that all students can reach proficiency in key learning targets at their own pace.  Other core instructional practices include the use of number talks, comparison problems, think-ink-pair-share questions, desmos.com activities, Formative Assessment Lessons (map.mathshell.org), MARS tasks, and reflection activities.

    STRATEGIC ALGEBRA SUPPORT (SAS)

    GRADE: 9                             CREDITS:10                        NON-COLLEGE ELECTIVE

    RECOMMENDED: To 9th grade students needing additional Algebra Support

    PREREQUISITES: Must be 9th grade student with need for Algebra Support

    This course runs simultaneously with Algebra I.  The intent and mission of the course is to prepare, support and refine students’ skills in order to become proficient in Algebra I concepts and procedures.  This course aims to diagnose and remedy significant ‘gaps’ in individual foundational math concepts, skills and practices.  Furthermore it promotes positive math identity and growth mindset in the spirit of the 8 Common Core Math Practices using individualized peer-tutorial, computer-based tutorial, pair and group project learning, and a variety of puzzles and games to foster critical thinking and strategic thinking.

    ALGEBRA I (SHELTERED)
    GRADE: 9-12             CREDITS: 10             COLLEGE RECOMMENDED? YES

    PREREQUISITES: None


    This first-year Algebra course is intended to help students who are learning English to also learn and develop solid mathematical thinking and demonstrate mastery of CCSS Algebra 1 content and practice standards.  This course prepares students for more advanced courses in mathematics both linguistically and mathematically.  Core units of study include: analyzing the structure of algebraic expressions, performing and justifying transformations of polynomial expressions, solving equations and inequalities both by deconstructing and balancing, exploring the nature of functions (with a strong focus on linear relationships), modeling visual patterns with expressions, modeling situations with systems of equations, and working with quadratic functions.  There is a heavy emphasis on learning math terms in English and practicing using precise mathematical language verbally through oral presentations in class.  This course employs standards based grading, so that all students can reach proficiency in key learning targets at their own pace.  Other core instructional practices include the use of comparison problems, pair-share questions, desmos.com activities, Formative Assessment Lessons (map.mathshell.org), MARS tasks, and reflection activities. This course is taught as a two hour block with Algebra Support as the second hour.

    SHELTERED STRATEGIC ALGEBRA SUPPORT

    GRADE: 9-12             CREDITS: 10


    This is the second hour of Algebra I (Sheltered) where students have an opportunity to practice what they are learning in Algebra. All students are provided with a subscription to the online math tutoring program Mathspace.co as well as individual attention from the teacher, peer tutors and an instructional aide. 

     


    GEOMETRY 
    GRADE: 9-12             CREDITS: 10             COLLEGE RECOMMENDED? YES
    PREREQUISITES: Students must pass Algebra I


    In our Geometry course, students learn about segments, lines, angles, geometric constructions, properties of parallel lines, transformations, congruence, similarity, logic and proof, right triangle trigonometry, polygons, circles, probability, area, and volume, as set by the California Common Core State Content Standards for Geometry.  In addition, students have access to a variety of instructional practices to ensure that they can continue their mastery of the California Common Core State Practice Standards for Mathematics.  Students also have the opportunity to continue practicing their Algebra I concepts.  A scientific calculator is required.


    ALGEBRA II
    GRADE: 9-12             CREDITS: 10             COLLEGE RECOMMENDED? YES
    PREREQUISITES: Students must pass both Algebra I and Geometry 

    This course covers the California Common Core Algebra II standards.  Students study linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic equations and functions.  In addition series and sequences, statistics, and probability are taught.  A graphing calculator is required. (recommended calculator: TI-83, TI-84)