The main objective of the mathematics program is to support students as they become mathematically literate citizens who know the appropriate mathematical and technological tools to use and when to use them in various problem-solving settings.
Students work in independent, whole-class, and small-group settings to increase their mathematical confidence and their communication skills. The types of problems and the learning environment in the mathematics classrooms foster persistence, critical thinking, and reflection. All courses require students to communicate conceptual understanding (both verbally and in written form), justify and explain results, and apply mathematics to real-world situations.
Students master concepts and work through the mathematics courses through a sequential approach beginning with Algebra I. They develop critical thinking and application skills needed to build a solid foundation for further high school and college work in both mathematics and science. As they progress through the courses, students build a solid foundation for STEM work in college and in life, and they see that the learning of mathematics includes computational fluency, conceptual understanding, and real-world applications. The department recognizes that students are at different levels of mathematical development when they enter Saint Mary’s School. The department uses a variety of assessments to place students into appropriate courses for successful experiences.
To meet the various needs and goals of our students, we offer college preparatory, honors, and Advanced Placement courses. The use of a TI-83+ or TI-84+ graphing calculator is required of all students. Other types of technology, such as Geometer’s Sketchpad, Desmos, Microsoft Excel, TI-89 calculators, and TI-SmartView may be incorporated into classes. In addition, the mathematics department teaches a Financial Literacy Unit as part of the Saint Mary’s School COMPASS leadership development program.
- Algebra I
- Algebra II
- Honors Algebra II
- Honors Pre-Calculus
- Introduction to Calculus
- Introduction to Statistics
- Advanced Placement Statistics
- Advanced Placement Calculus AB
- Advanced Placement Calculus BC
- Honors Multivariable Calculus
- Introduction to Coding