Mathematics Department
Department Mission Statement
The mission of the mathematics department is to facilitate all students to obtain mathematical content and skills that will empower them to:
 Enroll in the highest level course in which he/she can succeed
 Think critically and creatively
 Solve rigorous and authentic problems
 Collaborate and communicate effectively
 Identify and use appropriate tools and technology
Learning Expectations
Effective communicators who organize and consolidate their mathematical thinking through communication.
Students are expected to:
Critical thinkers and problem solvers who solve problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts.
Students are expected to:
Efficient users of technology who recognize its role in mathematics.
Students are expected to:
Each student should purchase a scientific calculator as these will be used frequently in class and are allowed on standardized tests (MCAS, SATs & ACTs). Students enrolled in Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, and Statistics are encouraged to purchase a TI83 Plus graphing calculator. Be aware that the minimum requirement in math for admission to Massachusetts state colleges is Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.
Students are expected to:
 Express mathematical ideas coherently to diverse audiences
 Use appropriate and accurate mathematical language
 Develop, evaluate, and defend persuasive mathematical arguments
 Analyze, evaluate, and discuss the mathematical reasoning and strategies of others
Critical thinkers and problem solvers who solve problems that arise in mathematics and in other contexts.
Students are expected to:
 Identify and describe the problem
 Collect and organize information
 Formulate relevant questions and develop an appropriate model
 Choose appropriate strategies and implement a plan of action
 Draw logical conclusions and evaluate results
 Responsible citizens who participate actively as members of a team
Efficient users of technology who recognize its role in mathematics.
Students are expected to:
 Use technology as a learning tool
 Select appropriate technology
 Acknowledge the limitations of technology
Each student should purchase a scientific calculator as these will be used frequently in class and are allowed on standardized tests (MCAS, SATs & ACTs). Students enrolled in Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, and Statistics are encouraged to purchase a TI83 Plus graphing calculator. Be aware that the minimum requirement in math for admission to Massachusetts state colleges is Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.
Suggested Math Course Sequence
Freshman

Sophomore

Junior

Senior

Accelerated Track

Geometry L5

Algebra 2 L5

Precalculus L5

AP Calculus AB or BC and/or AP Statistics

Honors Track Option 1

Geometry L4

Algebra 2 L4

Precalculus L4

Calculus L4 and/or AP Statistics or Statistics L4

Honors Track Option 2

Algebra 1 L4

Geometry L4

Algebra 2 L4

Precalculus L4

College Prep Option 1

Geometry L3

Algebra 2 L3

Introduction to Precalculus L3

Precalculus L4 and/or Statistics

College Prep Option 2

Algebra 1 L3

Geometry L3

Algebra 2 L3

Introduction to Precalculus L3 and/or Statistics L3

College Prep Option 3

Foundation of Algebra L2

Intermediate Algebra L2

Geometry L3 or
Numerical Geometry L2 
Algebra 2 L3 or
Fundamentals of Algebra 2 L2 
Note: Students may deviate from the suggested sequence shown above by meeting the prerequisites shown in the course descriptions as well as by obtaining the approval of their current math teacher and the department chair. Students desiring to enroll in a class without having met the prerequisite grade will be required to take a department exam and pass with the prerequisite grade as stated in the Program of Studies in order to demonstrate the foundation of skills and motivation necessary to be successful in the course. Students are only eligible to take the math department exam if their final course average is within ten points of the prerequisite grade.