Outline of Math Courses

Outline of BHS Math Courses (from the BHS Program of Studies)

All mathematics courses are college preparation courses. They do not, however, all include the same mathematics by senior year. The short descriptions below describe the highest math each level includes. The major difference in the way the levels are taught is the pace at which the mathematics is learned. The major determination for level placement is the student's performance in previous math courses and on external assessments.

Level 1 (Advanced Honors)

Moves at a very fast pace. Classes are mostly taught using a lecture approach with a few projects. Students must have previously demonstrated superior mathematical performance. AP Calculus AB or BC is essentially a grade 12 course. Students have the option of taking AP Statistics or AP Computer Science in any year: 9, 10, 11, or 12 with the recommendation of their math teacher. Both of these courses have heavy reading and writing components.

Students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses are expected to take the Advanced Placement Examination for that course. These courses are: 415 Advanced Placement Statistics; 416 Advanced Placement Computer Science; 413 Advanced Placement Calculus BC; 414 Advanced Placement Calculus AB.

Level 2 (Honors)

Moves at a fast pace. Classes are mostly taught using a lecture approach with some projects. Students must have previously demonstrated high mathematical performance. Students who do very well in level 2 can move into level 1 junior or senior year. Students who stay in level 2 will take non-AP Calculus in their senior year.

Level 3A (College Preparatory)

Moves at a normal, pre-college pace. Classes are taught using a blend of a lecture approach and projects. Students must have previously demonstrated an average mathematical performance. Students who do very well in level 3 can move into level 2 most year. Students who stay in level 3 will take Pre- Calculus or Probability and Statistics in their senior year.

Level 3B (Fundamental College Preparatory)

Moves at slower pace. Classes are taught in small groups, and are often co-taught with teachers from the Special Education Department. This level is designed for students who have struggled with math previously. There are opportunities every year for level 3B math students to move into level 3A math classes. Students who stay in Level 3B will take Continuation of Algebra 2 (437) or College Statistics/Intermediate Algebra 2 (438) their senior year.

Note: All math courses require an approved graphing calculator. Students seeking to enroll in a course, but who have not met the grade prerequisite, must get the approval of their current math teacher and the approval of the Director of Mathematics.