###### Algebra 1

This course covers the four fundamental operations of arithmetic from the standpoint of algebra. It will strongly emphasize solving equations and inequalities, as well as factoring polynomials.  Students will graph lines and study their slopes and intercepts.  Other topics covered within this course are exponents, systems of equations, functions, and probability.  This course frequently applies the fundamental algebraic concepts learned to solve real-life word problems. Weekly skill sheets are a component of this course.  Open to grades 8, 9.  (The math department and administration may make special considerations for accelerated 7th-grade students.  Only students who receive a final grade of 97% or better in 6th-grade math, score in the 90th percentile or higher and at a high level in each subcategory of the Iowa Flex math assessment, and are able to pass the first and second-semester final exams for Pre-Algebra with an 85% or better will be considered.)

###### Geometry

Geometry is the study of figures and the space they occupy. This course focuses on plane geometry (dealing with objects like points, lines, circles, triangles, and polygons) and solid geometry (dealing with objects like lines, spheres, and polyhedra). Students will use geometric properties to create and solve algebraic equations. Also, students will use formal logic with geometric theorems to prove statements. To best prepare students for college entrance exams and placement tests, the last 6 weeks of the course will focus on statistics topics. Weekly skill sheets are a component of this course. Open to grades 9, 10. Prerequisite: Algebra I.  Students will need a compass, protractor, ruler (marked in both centimeters, and inches), and a scientific calculator.

###### Honors Geometry

Geometry is the study of figures and the space they occupy. This course focuses on plane geometry (dealing with objects like points, lines, circles, triangles, and polygons) and solid geometry (dealing with objects like lines, spheres, and polyhedra). Students will use geometric properties to create and solve algebraic equations. Also, students will use formal logic with geometric theorems to prove statements. To best prepare students for college entrance exams and placement tests, the last 6 weeks of the course will focus on statistics topics. Students in Honors Geometry will study topics in more depth, from a more conceptual perspective, and at a more rapid pace than those students in the standard Geometry class. Weekly skill sheets are a component of this course. Open to grades 9, 10. Prerequisites:  At least a 92% average with a 90% test average in Algebra I, and have demonstrated the ability to independently complete work to achieve the prerequisite grade.  Students will need a compass, protractor, ruler (marked in both centimeters, and inches), and a scientific calculator.

###### Algebra II

This course is a highly integrated study of the symbolism of algebra, solving equations, simplifying expressions, and functions. Students will develop skills in manipulating linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric expressions and sentences. Weekly skill sheets are a component of this course. Open to grades 9, 10, and 11. Prerequisites:  Algebra I and Geometry.

###### Honors Algebra II / Trigonometry

This course will provide a fast-paced study of both advanced algebra and trigonometry: linear and quadratic equations; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; systems of equations and inequalities; graphing of sinusoidal functions; and applications of trigonometry. Upon completion of this course, students will be well-prepared for both AP Pre-calculus and AP Statistics. Weekly skill sheets are a component of this course. Open to grades 10, 11. Prerequisites:  At least a 92% in Algebra I, at least an 83% test average in Honors Geometry OR 94% test average in Geometry; and have demonstrated the ability to independently complete work to achieve the prerequisite grade.  Students will need a graphing calculator (Texas Instruments TI-84+ recommended) to begin practicing skills needed for future AP exams.

###### Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry

This course covers the final high school math topics to which “college and career ready” students are expected to have exposure. The first quarter focuses on revisiting and deepening the understanding of non-linear functions that students were exposed to in Algebra 2. The second semester focuses on trigonometry topics including, but not limited to, trigonometric functions. The entire second semester is devoted to statistical topics. Weekly skill sheets are a component of this course. Open to grades 11 and 12. Prerequisites: Geometry and Algebra II.

###### AP Precalculus

Advanced Placement Precalculus is designed to be the equivalent of a first-semester college precalculus course. AP Precalculus provides students with an understanding of the concepts of college algebra, trigonometry, and additional topics that prepare students for further college-level mathematics courses. This course explores a variety of function types and their applications—polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, polar, parametric, vector-valued, implicitly defined, and linear transformation functions using matrices. Throughout the course, the mathematical practices of procedural and symbolic fluency, multiple representations, and communication and reasoning are developed. Students experience the concepts and skills related to each function type through the lenses of modeling and covariation and engage each function type through their graphical, numerical, analytical, and verbal representations. Students who succeed on the AP exam will be eligible to earn college credit for this course through the College Board AP program. Open to grades 11, 12.  Prerequisites:  At least an 80% in Honors Algebra II/Trig OR at least an 83% in first-semester Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry. Students will need a graphing calculator (Texas Instruments TI-84+ recommended).

###### AP Statistics

Advanced Placement Statistics will introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data.  Students will be exposed to four broad conceptual themes:  Exploring Data - describing patterns and departures from patterns, Sampling and Experimentation - planning and conducting a study, Anticipating Patterns - exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation, and Statistical Inference - estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.  Students who succeed on the AP exam will be eligible to earn college credit for this course through the College Board AP program. Open to grades 11, 12.  Prerequisites:  At least an 80% in Honors Alg II/Trig OR at least an 83% test average in 2nd-semester Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry, and have demonstrated ability to independently complete work to achieve the prerequisite grade.  Students will need a graphing calculator (Texas Instruments TI-84+ recommended).

###### AP Calculus (AB or BC)

Advanced Placement Calculus focuses on students’ understanding of calculus concepts and provides experience with methods and applications. Through the use of big ideas of calculus (e.g., modeling change, approximation and limits, and analysis of functions), the course becomes a cohesive whole, rather than a collection of unrelated topics. Students are required to use definitions and theorems to build arguments and justify conclusions. The course features a multi-representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problems expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. Exploring connections among these representations builds an understanding of how calculus applies limits to develop important ideas, definitions, formulas, and theorems. A sustained emphasis on clear communication of methods, reasoning, justifications, and conclusions is essential. Teachers and students should regularly use technology to reinforce relationships among functions, confirm written work, implement experimentation, and assist in interpreting results. All students will be prepared for the Calculus AB exam in the spring (equivalent to one semester of college calculus). Interested students will also have the opportunity and support to take the Calculus BC exam (equivalent to two semesters of college calculus). Open to grade 12.  HS Prerequisites: At least an 85% in Precalculus, and have demonstrated ability to independently complete work to achieve the prerequisite grade.  Students will need a graphing calculator (Texas Instruments TI-84+ recommended).

###### Chess Fundamentals

This one semester course will introduce students to the history, rules, and strategies of a fascinating game they can play for life. It will help improve their concentration, critical thinking, and spatial reasoning skills.  The importance of sportsmanship and character will be emphasized as we compete in class, online, and against other schools.  Topics covered include checkmating patterns, opening and endgame principles, algebraic notation, and various tactical elements (pins, forks, discoveries, sacrifices, etc.).

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