Integrated Algebra A

*1 Credit*

Designed for pupils of average to above average ability in mathematics, this course is the first step in the Math curriculum. It will integrate topics from algebra and geometry such as elementary algebra, basic concepts of statistics, and high school geometry (area, perimeter, volume, surface area, and polygons). Problem solving will be emphasized in all areas. The Regents Common Core in Algebra I exam will be given in June of the freshman year.

*Prerequisite: Department recommendation *

Integrated Algebra B

*1 Credit School *

This slower-paced course is designed for students who have shown in their mathematics background or achievement a need for extra attention. Students will take three semesters to prepare for the Regents Common Core in Algebra I exam. The Regents Common Core in Algebra I exam will be given during January or June of the sophomore year.

*Prerequisite: Department recommendation *

Geometry A

*1 Credit*

This course is the second step in the mathematics curriculum. It is designed for those students who have successfully completed Integrated Algebra A. This course will build on topics covered in Integrated Algebra and extend those topics to provide a more in-depth study of Euclidean and analytic geometry. The Regents Common Core in Geometry Exam will be given in June.

*Prerequisite: Department recommendation *

Math II B

*1 Credit School *

This is a continuation of Integrated Algebra B. One semester will be spent completing the Algebra curriculum and reviewing for the Integrated Algebra Regents examination. The other semester will include basic geometry topics, emphasizing topics tested on the SAT. The Integrated Algebra examination will be given in January or June. This course will include a lab component.

*Prerequisite: Department recommendation *

Geometry Honors

*1 Credit*

An accelerated course that covers the topics presented in Geometry A and additional enrichment topics. The Regents Common Core in Geometry Exam will be given in June.

*Prerequisite: Department recommendation *

Algebra II / Trigonometry A

*1 Credit*

This course builds upon the New York State Integrated Algebra and Geometry courses. Students will extend their understanding of the real number system to the complex number system. The course material includes functions, probability, statistics with an emphasis on trigonometry. The Algebra II / Trigonometry Regents examination will be given in June. This course will include a lab component.

*Prerequisite: Department recommendation *

Algebra II / Trigonometry Honors

*1 Credit*

This is an accelerated and expanded version of the regular Algebra II / Trigonometry and is designed for those students who have demonstrated both competence and interest in mathematics. The content of the course will cover all the topics included in Algebra II / Trigonometry as well as additional enrichment topics. The Algebra II / Trigonometry Regents exam will be given in June. Students will also be assigned an Algebra II / Trig Honors lab for the second semester.

*Prerequisite: Department recommendation *

Math III B

*1 Credit*

This slowed paced course is designed for students to enhance their algebra skills. Students will extend their understanding of the real number system to the complex number system. The course material includes functions, transformation geometry, sequences and series, probability, and statistics.

*Prerequisite: Department recommendation *

Math IV B

*1 Credit*

A fourth year of B-level study, this course will develop algebraic skills needed in the study of trigonometry. Topics include logarithms, and trigonometry, including graphing, equations, and the solution of the triangle.

*Prerequisite: Department recommendation *

Precalculus

*1 Credit*

This course is designed for students with competence and skill in mathematics. This course integrates advanced algebra, analytic geometry, and trigonometry; therefore, the course is an in-depth study of that material which is basic to an understanding of calculus.

*Prerequisite: Department recommendation *

Precalculus Honors

*1 Credit*

This is an accelerated and expanded version of the regular Precalculus course and is designed for those students who have demonstrated both competence and interest in mathematics. The content of the course covers all of the topics of Precalculus, as well as additional enrichment topics.

*Prerequisite: Department recommendation *

Advanced Placement Calculus

*1 Credit*

Designed for advanced students, the course will study the differential and integral calculus of one real variable. Topics include differentiation and its applications and integration, techniques, and applications of the definite integral. Students will write the Advanced Placement Exam. The cost of the exam is approximately $90.

*Prerequisite: Department approval only*

Advanced Placement Statistics

*1 Credit*

Grades 11-12

Students who wish to complete studies equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus based college course should enroll in AP Statistics. An introductory statistics course, similar to the AL Statistics course, is typically required for majors such as social sciences, health sciences, and business. Science, engineering, and mathematics majors usually take an upper-level calculus-based course in statistics, for which the AP Statistics course is an effective preparation. The purpose of the AP Statistics course is to introduce students to major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. Students are exposed to four broad conceptual themes: exploring data, planning a study, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students in this course will take the Advanced Placement examination. The cost of the exam is approximately $90. This course may be taken concurrently with Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus Honors, or AP Calculus.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II/Trigonometry A or Honors. Based on department recommendation and/or approval.

Gifted Math Program

*1 Credit*

St. Mary’s High School participates in the Gifted Mathematics Program offered at the State University of New York at Buffalo. For more information about the program, go to giftedmath.buffalo.edu.

SAT Prep

*1/2 Credit*

Grades 11-12

This single-semester elective covers the basics of the SAT Exam, including general strategies for Math, Writing, and Critical Thinking sections. One-third of the course will focus on Math skills needed for the test; they will discuss concepts covered in the Math section – 19 in total – as well as how to identify them. One-third of the course will focus on verbal and writing skills needed for the test; they will discuss instructions for the longer passage sections of Critical Reading, as well as vocabulary questions and skills needed to successfully score high on the writing question. One-third of the course will focus on skills needed to successfully take a multiple choice test of this kind; included in this are discussions on how to overcome common test-day anxiety and fear. They are also required to take the SAT test twice during the course (cost for each $51) and bring in detailed breakdown of exam (must be requested when registering for the exam). The course will be team taught by members of the English and Math Departments.

*Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed a Geometry or Math II B course.*