The subject of Mathematics is a series of academic courses necessary for entry into some
Science courses and college admission. It is paramount that students and parents investigate
and seek consultation regarding the required mathematics courses and suggested sequence of
study needed in preparation for higher
level Mathematics and Science courses.
All mathematics courses will give students the opportunities to discover concepts, on their
own, describe patterns and relate topics to one another, as well a
s to employ appropriate use of
vocabulary, show adequate working steps and attempt a variety of methods to solve a problem.
Mathematics courses provide opportunities for students to solve real
world applications, and
offer students opportunities to learn concepts through a variety of instructional strategies that
Further, all courses and levels are steeped in inquiry and project based instruction, and
require students to
develop inquiring minds and curiosity about Mathematics and related
concepts, and communicate their ideas, arguments and practical experiences accurately in a
variety of ways, including written and verbal modes. They will also have the opportunity to
nk analytically, critically and creatively to solve problems, judge arguments and draw
conclusions. All students will embark upon interdisciplinary projects that involve the
introduction and development of Mathematics
based research skills and writing as
requirement of all courses and, in some courses, culminate
into formal research papers.
Pre-Diploma Geometry (Grades 9/10)
Geometry is one in a series of academic math courses necessary for entry into the International
Baccalaureate courses, state mandated assessments, and college admission.
The course includes
the systematic study of points, lines, planes, circles congruence
and similarity of polygons (with a
focus on triangles and quadrilaterals), as well as area and volume of solid figures. This course
also studies deductive reasoning through the introduction of two
column proofs. In addition, the
course requires students
to calculate probability, using area and define geometric shapes
algebraically and graphically.
Pre-Diploma Algebra II (Grades 9/10)
Algebra II is one course in the series of academic math courses necessary for entry into the
International Baccalaureate courses, state mandated assessments, and college admission.
course includes functions, systems of equations, quadratic functions,
exponents, radical equations, rational functions, exponential functions, statistics, and probability.
In addition, students are required to explore and apply matrix operations, logarithms, and conics.
The primary goal of this cour
se is the genuine working comprehension of the fundamental
concepts of Algebra necessary for all higher
level math and science courses.
Pre-Diploma Math Analysis (Grade 10)
Math Analysis is a rigorous course designed to pr
epare students for the International
Baccalaureate Higher Level Mathematics and college admission.
The course begins with a review
and extension of functions and their graphs, followed by proofs of theorems through
mathematical induction. Trigonometry is
introduced through circular functions and
trigonometric functions of general angles. Practical applications are studied through right
triangles, law of sines and cosines, and area formulas. The course also requires students to study
limits, sequences an
d series, exponential and logarithmic functions and functions emphasizing
curve sketching and differentiation. A TI
83 or 84 series graphing calculator is highly
89 model calculators are not permitted on tests.
IB MATHEMATICS (Grades 11 & 12)
The nature of mathematics can be summarized in a number of ways: for example, it can be seen
as a well
defined body of knowledge, as an abstract system of ideas, or as a useful tool. For many
people it is probably a combination of these, but there is no doubt that mathematical knowledge
provides an important key to understanding the world in which we live. Mathematics can enter
our lives in a number of ways: we buy produce in the market, consult a timetable, read a
newspaper, time a process or estimate a
length. Mathematics, for most of us, also extends into
our chosen profession: artists need to learn about perspective; musicians need to appreciate the
mathematical relationships within and between different rhythms; economists need to recognize
financial dealings; and engineers need to take account of stress patterns in physical
materials. Scientists view mathematics as a language that is central to our understanding of
events that occur in the natural world. Some people enjoy the challenges o
ffered by the logical
methods of mathematics and the adventure in reason that mathematical proof has to offer.
Others appreciate mathematics as an aesthetic experience or even as a cornerstone of
philosophy. This prevalence of mathematics in our lives pr
ovides a clear and sufficient rationale
for making the study of this subject compulsory within the Diploma Programme.