A Catholic Girls School in the Benedictine Tradition

Mathematics

The philosophy of the Mathematics department reflects that of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Louisiana State University College Readiness program. The department is committed to meeting the needs of each individual student and challenging her to reach her highest potential in mathematics.  There is also a commitment to create an environment where students learn to value mathematics, communicate mathematically, engage in effective problem-solving and critical thinking, work in cooperative groups and become effective users of technology. The department strives to include activities that will appeal to a variety of learning styles.  Confidence in mathematics is a frequent result and math anxiety is lessened.

SSA students take math every year.   Honors level courses are offered to qualified students. Computers are utilized in the math classroom to assist in problem-solving and conceptual understanding.   

SSA utilizes Louisiana State University’s college readiness curriculum which is available through Pearson’s MML (MyMathLab).  All homework assignments and quizzes are completed online in an effort to ensure individual understanding. The curriculum is designed to optimize student preparedness for the math section on national standardized tests, particularly ACT and SAT.

REQUIRED COURSEWORK

INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA – 8th grade - 1 credit
Introduction to Algebra is required of students who demonstrate a need for additional time in the basics of mathematics.   The course focuses on developing a mastery of the skills needed to succeed in a traditional Algebra I course in high school.  Topics include, but are but not limited to: fractions, decimals, measurement, proportions, area, volume, interpretation of graphs as well as, algebraic concepts that will be further developed in later courses.  Manipulatives are utilized to enhance kinesthetic learning.

Sequence:  Algebra I

ALGEBRA I – 8th/ 9th grade - 1 credit
Algebra I is an introduction to the basic principles of algebra and the real number system with emphasis on process, structure and problem solving.  Algebra I prepares students with the fundamental algebraic concepts needed for future math courses. It provides the students with the opportunity to develop logical thinking skills and the ability to solve problems based on real world situations.  This course includes the study of algebraic expressions, linear equations, inequalities, systems of equations, rational numbers, graphing linear equations, quadratics, polynomials and factoring.  

Sequence:  Geometry

ALGEBRA I HONORS - 8th/9th grade - 1 credit
This course covers the same topics as the Algebra I course with additional emphasis given to theory and problem solving.  The honors class exhibits a rigorous academic environment in which material is presented at a faster pace. A greater emphasis is placed on the application of knowledge.  Honors students are required to delve deeper into course content and tackle complex, multi-step, multi-dimensional problems.

Sequence:  Geometry Honors

GEOMETRY– 9th/10th grade - 1 credit
Geometry affords students the opportunity to understand and master the fundamental concepts of Euclidean Geometry.  Students will visualize Geometry not as a course in proof, but as a representation of the real world. The beginning of the course will review coordinate geometry through the analysis of  points, planes, lines and angles. The properties, postulates, theorems and corollaries associated with circles, triangle, quadrilaterals and other polygons will be covered. The concepts of parallel and perpendicular lines, similarity and congruence will be investigated in detail.  Various types of reasoning and some proofs will be explored.

Sequence:  Algebra II

GEOMETRY HONORS – 9th/10th grade - 1 credit
This course covers the same topics as the Geometry course with additional emphasis given to theory and problem solving.  The honors class exhibits a rigorous academic environment in which material is presented at a faster pace. A greater emphasis is placed on the application of knowledge.  Honors students are required to delve deeper into course content and tackle complex, multi-step, multi-dimensional problems.

Sequence:  Algebra II Honors

ALGEBRA II - 10th/11th grade - 1 credit
Algebra II strengthens the student’s understanding and mastery of the fundamental skills begun in Algebra I.  It emphasizes the shift from the ability to manipulate numbers to a higher form of conceptual understanding and problem solving.  It offers further practice in topics such as: solving and graphing linear equations, simplifying polynomials and factoring. New topics include, but are not limited to: complex numbers, quadratic equations, completing the square, the quadratic formula, systems of equations, matrices, rational expressions, conic sections, logarithms and basic trigonometric functions.

Sequence: Math ACT score 19 or greater:  Algebra III DE
                  Math ACT score 18 or below: Algebra III 

ALGEBRA II HONORS – 10th/11th grade - 1 credit
This course covers the same topics as the Algebra II course with additional emphasis given to theory and problem solving.  The honors class exhibits a rigorous academic environment in which material is presented at a faster pace. A greater emphasis is placed on the application of knowledge.  Honors students are required to delve deeper into course content and tackle complex, multi-step, multi-dimensional problems.

Sequence:  Math ACT score 19 or greater & previous honors math: Pre-Cal DE Honors
                   Math ACT score 18 or below: Algebra III

ALGEBRA III – 11th/12th grade - 1 credit
Algebra III continues the study of the Algebra topics begun in the Algebra II course and introduces the study of trigonometry.  This course is very valuable to students because it contains many of the same topics covered in a first year Algebra course in college.  Topics to be studied include, but are not limited to: trigonometric functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, parametric and polar functions.

Sequence:  Algebra III DE

ALGEBRA III DE – 11th/12th - 1 credit
Math 1021 DE:  Math 1021 Dual Enrollment is a course whereby students take a college Algebra course at SSA by an SSA instructor and simultaneously receive a high school credit through SSA and a college credit through Louisiana State University.  Students do not have to commit to the dual enrollment; however, all students scheduled for Algebra III DE (Math 1021) will follow the same curriculum and take the same assessments. There is a fee for dual enrollment through LSU and is nonrefundable if a student so chooses to withdraw from the course.  

Topics include the application of trigonometric functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, parametric and polar functions, and vectors.

Sequence:  Adv. Math/Pre-Cal DE

PRE-CALCULUS HONORS DE – 11th/12th grade - 1 credit
Math 1021/1022 Dual Enrollment is a course whereby students complete both college algebra and college trigonometry at SSA by an SSA instructor and simultaneously receive a high school credit through SSA and two college credits through Louisiana State University.  Students do not have to commit to the dual enrollment; however, all students scheduled for Pre-Cal DE H (Math 1021/1022) will follow the same curriculum and take the same assessments. There is a fee each semester for dual enrollment through LSU and is nonrefundable if a student so chooses to withdraw from the course.  In order to enroll in Math 1022 a student must have a minimum math ACT score of 25 or successful completion of Math 1021 through LSU.  

Topics covered include, but are not limited to: solving equations and inequalities; lines and circles; functions and their graphs; inverse functions; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic functions with applications; evaluating trigonometric functions of general angles, graphic trig. functions, inverse trig. functions, identities and formulas; solving trig. equations, triangle applications, polar graphs and vectors.  

Sequence: Math ACT score 25 or completion of Math 1021:  Business Calculus DE
                  Math ACT score 27: AP Calculus AB         

ADV. MATH/PRE-CAL DE – 12th grade - 1 credit
Math 1022 DE/Calculus:  Math 1022 Dual Enrollment is a course whereby students take a college trigonometry course at SSA by an SSA instructor and simultaneously receive a high school credit through SSA and a college credit through Louisiana State University.  Students do not have to commit to the dual enrollment; however, all students scheduled for Adv. Math/Pre-Cal DE (Math 1022) will follow the same curriculum and take the same assessments. There is a fee for dual enrollment through LSU and is nonrefundable if a student so chooses to withdraw from the course.  

Topics include right angle trigonometry, solving oblique triangles, and analytical trigonometry, and parametric and polar equations, functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, differentiability, integrals, and applications of differentiation and integration.  These topics will be approached from the graphing, analytical, numerical and verbal perspectives.

BUSINESS CALCULUS DE – 12th grade - 1 credit
Math 1431 Dual Enrollment is a course whereby students take a college calculus course at SSA by an SSA instructor and simultaneously receive a high school credit through SSA and a college credit through Louisiana State University.  Students do not have to commit to the dual enrollment; however, all students scheduled for Calculus DE (Math 1431) will follow the same curriculum and take the same assessments. There is a fee for dual enrollment through LSU and is nonrefundable if a student so chooses to withdraw from the course.  

This Calculus course is designed for business, economics, life science and social sciences majors.  Topics included are functions and graphs, limits and derivatives, graphing and optimization, and integration.  Students must have completed Math 1021 with a “C” or higher or have earned a math ACT score of 25.

CALCULUS I DE - 12th grade - 1 credit
Math 1550: Calculus I is a dual Enrollment is a course whereby students take two college calculus courses (Math 1530 and Math 1540) at SSA by an SSA instructor and simultaneously receive a high school credit through SSA and six college credit hours through Louisiana State University.  Students do not have to commit to the dual enrollment; however, all students scheduled for Calculus I DE will follow the same curriculum and take the same assessments. There is a fee for dual enrollment through LSU and is nonrefundable if a student so chooses to withdraw from the course.  This Calculus I course is designed for math, science and engineering majors. 

CALCULUS AP (AB and/or BC) – 12th grade - 1 credit
Calculus AP AB and/or BC is geared for advanced students who have completed Pre-Calculus DE Honors in their Junior year and are ready for a more rigorous course of study.  Students are placed in this course basis their math performance, teacher recommendation, and standardized test scores. A minimum ACT math score of 27 is required for entrance into this course.

Calculus AP AB and/or BC involves an intensive review of topics from Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry.  Topics included are the study of functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, differentiability, integrals, and applications of differentiation and integration.  These topics will be approached from the graphing, analytical, numerical and verbal perspectives. Additionally, these two courses are comparable to the first two Calculus courses in college making it possible for students who take them to receive several hours of college credit.


ELECTIVE COURSEWORK

MEDICAL MATH - 10-12th grade - Elective - 1 credit
This course will explore medical professions and the mathematical skills required for various careers in health occupations.  Students will understand critical thinking and applications of Medical Math and Health Care Occupations. The methods of instruction will include modeling and the use of technology in addition to classroom lectures, discussions, classwork, homework, quizzes, tests. 

PERSONAL FINANCE - 10-12th grade - Elective - 1 credit
401k...IRA...AGI...W2...Ever wonder what all of these acronyms mean and why you would need to know them? This Personal Finance course will help you to understand not only what these acronyms stand for but also how they will affect your day-to-day living. Learn how to design an individualized budget based on your dream job, file taxes for your household, use checking and savings accounts, apply for an imaginary mortgage, understand credit scores, invest money wisely, and save to buy a pair of one-of-a-kind Louboutins!
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St. Scholastica Academy is a Catholic, all-girls, college-preparatory high school located in Covington, Louisiana. Founded in 1903, SSA perpetuates the Benedictine tradition of balancing prayer, work, study, and community in developing adolescent girls into Christian women grounded in the Gospel values of the Catholic faith.
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