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Mathematics

The philosophy of the Mathematics department reflects that of the St. Scholastica community, 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 which will appeal to a variety of learning styles.  Confidence in mathematics is a frequent result and math anxiety is lessened.
 
The students at SSA take math year and every senior (with rare exception) takes a math course at the algebra III level or above.   Honors level courses are offered to qualified students in all courses except Introduction to Algebra. I-pads and computers are also employed in math classroom to assist in problem-solving and conceptual understanding.  The program MML is used to ensure individual understanding.  In each course students prepare for the math section of national standardized tests, particularly ACT and SAT.
INTRODUCTION TO ALGEBRA – 8th grade
Introduction to Algebra begins with mastery of the skills needed to succeed in a traditional Algebra I course in high school.  Topics included 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.
 
Sequence: Algebra I
 
ALGEGRA I – 8th grade & 9th grade
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 prepare students with the fundamental algebraic concepts needed for future math courses.  It provides the students 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, inequality, system of equations, rational numbers, graphing linear equations, quadratics, polynomials and factoring. 
 
Sequence: Geometry
 
ALGEBRA I HONORS
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:  Normally followed by Geometry Honors
 
GEOMETRY– 9th grade & 10th grade
Geometry affords students the opportunity to understand and master the fundamental concepts of Euclidean Geometry.  Students will see Geometry not as a course in proof but as a representation of the real world.  The beginning of the course will review coordinate geometry, including 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 bee investigated in detail.  Various types of reasoning and some proofs will be explored.
 
Sequence: Algebra II
 
GEOMETRY HONORS – 9th grade
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
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 including complex numbers, quadratic equations, completing the square, the quadratic formula, systems of equations, matrices, rational expressions, conic sections, logarithms and basic trigonometric functions will be studied.
 
Sequence: math ACT score 19 or greater:  Algebra III DE
                 math ACT score 18 or below: Algebra III
 
Algebra II Honors – 10th grade
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
Algebra III continues the study of Algebra topics that were begun in the Algebra II and begins the study of trigonometry.  This course is very valuable to the students because it contains many of the same topics that are covered in a first year Algebra course in college.  Topics to be studied will include but are not limited to trigonometric functions as well as polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, parametric and polar functions.
 
Sequence:  Algebra III DE
 
ALGEBRA III DE – 11th & 12th
 
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 both high school and 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.  The fee for dual enrollment through LSU is $300 and is nonrefundable if a student so chooses to withdraw from the course.  
 
The topics included are but not limited to the application of trigonometric functions as well as 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 
Math 1021/1022 Dual Enrollment is a course whereby students take a college algebra and a college trigonometry course at SSA by an SSA instructor and simultaneously receive both high school and college credit 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 19. 
 
Topics covered include 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: AP Calculus requires a math ACT score of 27 or higher
 
ADV. MATH/PRE-CAL DE – 12th
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 both high school and 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 and is nonrefundable if a student so chooses to withdraw from the course.  
 
The course consists of studying numerous trigonometric topics such as 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. 
 
Calculus DE – Math 1431
Math 1431 Dual Enrollment is a course whereby students take a college calculus course at SSA by an SSA instructor and simultaneously receive both high school and 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 and is nonrefundable if a student so chooses to withdraw from the course.  
 
This Calculus course is for business, economics, life and social sciences majors.  The course includes functions and graphs, limits and derivatives, graphing and optimization, and integration.  Students must have completed Math 1021 with a “C” or higher or a math ACT score of 25.
 
CALCULUS AP (A/B and B/C) – 11th & 12th
Calculus courses are geared to the 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 these courses because of their math performance, teacher recommendation, and standardized test scores.

They contain an intensive review of topics from Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry.  They include 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, the two AP (Advanced Placement) courses are comparable to Calculus courses in college and it is possible for students who take an AP course to receive college credit.

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