Honors (Level 2)

Honors Geometry

  • 5 credits
  • Level 2 420 
  • SE 2 and 3

Students will take a full year Geometry aligned to the Common Core standards. The course will cover the field of: 

  • Circles
  • Congruence, Similarity, Right Triangles, and Trigonometry
  • Euclidean Geometry Number and Quantity
  • Expressing Geometric Properties with Equations
  • Geometric Measurement and Dimension
  • Modeling with Geometry
  • Statistics and Probability

This course has a required summer assignment reviewing Algebra I.

Additional Information

  • Pre-requisite: Students are placed in the course based on Grade 8 performance, teacher grades and external assessments.

Honors Algebra 1 & 2

  • 5 credits
  • Level 2 421 
  • SE 4a and 4b

Students will take a full year Algebra 1 and 2 aligned to the Common Core standards. The course will cover the topics of:

  • Arithmetic with Polynomials and Rational Expressions
  • Creating Equations
  • Functions
  • Number and Quantity
  • Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities
  • Seeing Structure in Expressions
  • Statistics and Probability

Additional Information

  • Pre-requisite: Students enrolling in this course must have achieved a grade of at least a C- in Honors Geometry (420).

Honors Algebra 2/Pre-Calculus

  • 5 credits
  • Level 2 422 
  • SE 1 and 5

This course begins with a completion of Algebra 2 topics as defined by the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework. Students will lean the Pre-Calculus in the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework. They will study the complex number system as well as vector and matrix quantities. They will become proficient with arithmetic with polynomials and rational expressions and interpreting functions. They will also study trigonometric functions including applying trigonometry to general triangles. 

Additional Information

  • Prerequisite: Students enrolling in this course must have achieved a grade of at least C- in Honors Algebra 1 and 2 (421) or an A- in College Algebra 2 (434)
  • Prerequisite: Students enrolling in this course must have achieved a grade of B- or better in Advanced Honors Algebra 1 and 2 (411) or an A- in Honors Algebra 1and 2 (421)

Honors Calculus

  • 5 credits
  • Level 2 423 
  • SE 4c and 4d

Honors Calculus begins with a review of Pre-Calculus topics which include: 

  • Algebraic
  • Analysis of Rational
  • Exponential Functions
  • An Investigation of Limits
  • Trigonometric

Differentiation & Integration

This is then followed by an introduction to the study of differentiation and integration of those functions. This course also introduces their application to: 

  • Area and Volume of Surfaces of Revolution
  • Differential Equations
  • Optimization
  • Related Rates
  • Other Topics

This course has a required summer assignment.

Additional Information

  • Prerequisite: Students enrolling in this course must have achieved a C- or higher in Honors Pre-Calculus (422). Students who have taken College Pre-Calculus (436) require teacher permission and should have grades of A- or higher.

Honors Statistics

  • 5 credits
  • Level 2 424
  • SE 4c and 4d

This level 2 statistics course guides students through the four major components of an introductory college level course: Examining Data, Producing Data, Anticipating patterns (i.e. Probability), and Statistics Inference. Students will: 

  • Collaborate in Small Groups
  • Contribute to Lectures and Discussions
  • Engage in the Use of Technology
  • Participate in Activities
  • Work Independently in School and at Home

Student resources include a primary textbook, supplemental handouts, use of the internet and a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator. Students are continually recalling and connecting past information to develop a complete understanding of the statistical approach to data collection and analysis.

Additional Information

  • Prerequisite: Students enrolling in this course must have achieved a grade of at least a C- in Honors Algebra 2 (421) OR B+ in College Algebra 2 (434). 
  • This course also requires much more reading and writing than most math courses. Students should be securing honors grades in level 1 or 2 in English.

Honors Computer Science Principles

  • 5 credits
  • Level 2 426

This course is modeled on the AP course AP Computer Science Principles, which may be offered at BHS in 2016 to 2017. This course does not carry any AP credit in 2015 to 2016. The course introduces the central ideas of computer science as well as how computers are changing the world. Students develop computational artifacts while using simulations to explore central questions. The course involves analyzing data and communicating collaboratively about the findings.

Additional Information

  • Prerequisite Students enrolling in this class should meet level 1 or level 2 math and English (writing) prerequisites
  • Please Note: Honors Computer Science Principles 426 contains a broader scope of the computer sciences than AP Computer Science 416. Honors Computer Science Principles 426 also has a less technical yet still rigorous approach towards programming than AP Computer Science 416.