Use this chart in conjunction with the specific course descriptions and prerequisites, and note that the typical pathways shown do not reflect every possible scenario for student progression through the curriculum. Speak with the course teacher and department head to discuss pathway possibilities that are not reflected in the chart.
The high school mathematics department at ASL believes that the field of mathematics provides an essential and unique way of interpreting the world around us. We strive to foster an enjoyment of mathematics where students appreciate the beauty, wonder and exactness of this field of study. The goal of the program is for students to understand and appreciate the mathematics they are studying. We envision that each student will be able to interpret, communicate and explore mathematics with confidence.
We aim to provide each student with a solid foundation in mathematics through a challenging curriculum that is appropriate for the age, readiness and needs of each student. The program encourages students to construct and share their own mathematical understandings by asking questions, solving problems and exploring concepts using a variety of methods and tools. We promote collaboration among students and foster cross-curricular connections with other disciplines.
The ASL math curriculum is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and develops the math practices that are an essential part of those standards throughout each course. At every level, students are asked to not only find answers to problems, but to give detailed and thoughtful solutions that demonstrate the learning process and deep understanding of the fundamental concepts. Students learn how to express their solutions mathematically, and also how to explain their understanding through written reflection.
Throughout an ASL high school student's mathematics career, the department endeavors to provide learning experiences that utilize appropriate technology. The graphing calculator equips students with opportunities to explore concepts and topics in depth. Learning to use a graphing calculator effectively and efficiently is, therefore, an integral part of the mathematics curriculum, and students in the High School are expected to have a Texas Instruments brand TI-84, TI-84 Plus or TI-NSpire graphing calculator for use in math courses.
The mathematics department sponsors the Math Club, which provides motivated students with an opportunity to work on problems that require them to think laterally and creatively and to explore methods outside the curriculum. Students work individually and in small groups in preparation for various math competitions. Participation in contests, including ISMTF mathematics competitions and the UKMT and other mathematical challenges, is open to all students willing to undertake extra work in mathematics.
The mathematics curriculum is differentiated for various levels of student readiness. Families are strongly encouraged to communicate with teachers to determine which courses and pathways are most appropriate for a student. We aim to provide students with a challenging mathematical experience that optimizes their growth as mathematicians in a healthy and manageable way. Teachers use data about an individual student and their preparation to tailor recommendations about which courses are a good fit for that student.
Note on AP Precalculus
ASL does not offer an AP Precalculus course; the content of AP Precalculus is covered in Precalculus with Calculus, and mostly covered in Precalculus with Analysis. Students who wish to take the AP Precalculus exam should consult with a university advisor as to the potential advantages and disadvantages of this course of action. Students who decide to take the exam after consulting with a university advisor should then consult with the math department head and their math teacher for resources and advice to prepare for the exam.