Classes / Levels

Math Classes

  • The average number of students in all BHS math classes for the current school year is 21.7 students.
  • Classes are taught so that all students can learn mathematics.
  • Math teachers use a wide variety of teaching methods.
  • Teachers utilize: 
    • Cooperative Group Work
    • Individualized Mathematics Programs
    • Lectures
    • Research Projects
    • Research Projects
    • Writing Assignments

Math Levels at BHS

The grade 9 math program at BHS meshes with the two middle school math clusters. Teachers from the high school visit East and South to observe and discuss the grade 8 to 9 transition with the middle school teachers. Middle school teachers visit BHS to see how their students do in the transition. While at BHS, students regularly move up or down levels.

Level 1

The 9th grade course is a full year of Geometry and Statistics. 10th grade level 1 is Algebra and Statistics. In 11th grade the students learn more advanced Algebra (Pre-Calculus) and can elect AP Statistics. In 12th grade, they prepare for the more difficult of the Advanced Placement Exams in Calculus: Calculus BC or they can opt for the Calculus AB course. They can also elect AP Statistics or Computer Science.

Level 2

The 9th grade course is a full year of Geometry and Statistics. 10th grade level 1 is Algebra and Statistics. In 11th grade the students learn more advanced Algebra (Pre-Calculus). In 12th grade, there are multiple choices. They can opt for the Calculus AB course, AP Statistics, Honors Statistics or Honors Calculus. Students move to Level 1 any year they are successful.

Level 3A

Level 3A students are those who earned C's in grade 8 the proficient cluster in Algebra. Level 3A follows the traditional college prep math sequence. 

  • Grade 9: Geometry and Statistics
  • Grade 10: Algebra and Statistics
  • Grade 11: Algebra 2
  • Grade 12: Pre-Calculus or Statistics/Intermediate Algebra 2
    • Students may move up to level 2 any time they are successful.

Level 3B

Level 3B consists of students who received D's and E's in math in grade 8. It is co-taught with the special needs department. 

  • Grade 9: Geometry and Statistics
  • Grade 10: Algebra and Statistics
  • Grade 11: Algebra 2
  • Grade 12: Continuation of Algebra 2

Programs

The self-contained programs (ACES, ARCHERS, School to Work, the Alternative School, the PM School) also begin their math programs by concentrating on the topics covered in the Massachusetts Mathematics Framework. Upon passing the MCAS exam, students learn more Algebra to prepare them for college.