Math Enrichment

Each year, qualified middle and upper scholars are nominated for participation in the Texas Pre-freshman Engineering Program (Tex PREP), a component of PREP-USA.  This highly selective seven-week program provides a unique opportunity for motivated students to prepare for careers in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics.  The PREP curriculum emphasizes math-based logic and preparation for Advanced Placement classes.

Additionally, the Texas Education Agency has approved one unit of elective credit for each summer of PREP successfully completed.  PREP promotes abstract reasoning and critical thinking skills in students, combining their prior learning with new advanced concepts for solving problems.

PREP program have earned scholarships of up to $10,000 and have been accepted into top tier universities.

Middle School Courses

  • Math 7/6
  • Math 8/7
  • Algebra 1/2

Math 7/6 is a standard Middle School introductory math course.

The unique structure of Saxon’s mathematics instruction promotes student success through the sound educational practices of incremental development and continual review. With incremental development, topics are developed in small steps spread over time. One facet of a concept is taught and practiced before the next facet is introduced. Through continual review, previously presented concepts are practiced frequently and extensively over the year, helping to improve long-term retention of concepts.  The course focuses on simplifying expressions containing parentheses, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing signed numbers, as well as working with exponents, square roots, geometric formulas, ratios, percents, fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals. The text is Saxon Math 7/6.

Students are responsible for daily assignments and tests. Semester exams are given in both semesters.

 

Required unless exempted by acceleration; no high school credit

Math 8/7 serves as an integrated math program covering measurement, estimation, fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, signed numbers, powers, roots, algebraic terms and expressions, factoring, substitution, ratios, proportions, scientific notation, evaluation and simplification of algebraic expressions, and basic geometry.

Students are responsible for daily assignments  and tests. Semester exams are given in both semesters.

Required unless exempted by acceleration; no high school credit

Algebra 1/2 is an integrated math program covering measurement, estimation, fractions, decimals, mixed numbers, signed numbers, powers, roots, algebra-ic terms and expressions, factoring, substitution, ratios, proportions, scientific notation, evaluation and simplification of algebraic expressions, and basic geometry.

Students are responsible for daily assignments and tests. Semester exams are given in both semesters

Upper School Courses

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
Required—1 Credit

Algebra I is an integrated math program covering essential principles, including linear equations, graphing and functions, introduction to polynomials and quadratics, rational expressions, radicals, direct and inverse variation.

Students are responsible for daily assignments and tests. Semester exams are given in both semesters.

Required—1 Credit

An introduction to geometry covering deductive reasoning, analysis, interpretation, and synthesis of varying concepts.

Students are responsible for daily assignments and tests. Semester exams are given in both semesters.

Required—1 Credit

Algebra II covers graphical solutions, trigonometric functions, scientific notation, radicals, conic sections, roots of quadratic equations, real numbers, factoring, inequalities, logarithms and antilogarithms as well as exponential equations, vectors, algebraic word problems, gas law, set theory, and probability.

For students pursuing the Recommend Program Diploma, this course may be taken in Senior Year provided that Algebra I, Geometry, and Math Models are completed in prior years.

Students are responsible for daily assignments  and tests. Semester exams are given in both semesters.

  • Precalculus – Honors
  • AP Calculus AB & BC
  • AP Statistics

Pre-Calculus is a fully integrated course, covering topics from algebra, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and mathematical analysis. Abstract coefficients, linear variation, percentiles and z-scores, complex roots, logarithms, matrices, synthetic division, irrational roots, exponential functions, and arithmetic progressions.

The text is Saxon Advanced Mathematic, 2nd edition.

Students are responsible for daily assignments and tests. Semester exams are given in both semesters.

Exceeds graduation requirement—1 Credit

AP Calculus (AB & BC) is a college-level study of differential and integral calculus with applications. Limits, derivatives, integrals, optimization, polar functions, integration, motion analysis, continuity, logarithmic differentiation, Mean Value Theorem, etc. Seminar on Euclid’s Elements in the original Greek during the second semester.

Students are responsible for daily assignments and tests. Semester exams are given in both semesters.

Students are encouraged to take the AP Calculus AB & BC exam in May.  Those who do well have the opportunity to earn advanced placement and college credit at numerous colleges and universities.

AP Statistics is a college-level study of statistics with applications. Course includes data patterns, data distributions, sampling and experimentation, probability, discrete and independent random variables, sampling distributions, central limit theorem, statistical inference, estimation, simulations, point estimators, and confidence intervals.

Students are responsible for daily assignments, quizzes, and tests. Semester exams are given in both semesters.

Students are encouraged to take the AP Statistics exam in May. Those who do well have the opportunity to earn advanced placement and college credit at numerous colleges and universities.

High School Graduation Requirements

Upper School graduation requirements include 1 credit each of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II, plus a
fourth high school level math course. For the Distinguished diploma, the fourth course must be an
advanced Math course that has Algebra II as a prerequisite. Atonement students ordinarily are required to
take a Math course every year, even if the graduation requirement has already been satisfied.