Math

The Mathematics Department provides a rigorous college-preparatory program that fosters a student’s understanding of and appreciation for mathematics as a discipline. Our curriculum is designed to ensure that students master the fundamental skills of mathematics and technology required for success in college.

But we gear our teaching to go beyond the next educational step; we prepare her to use mathematics for applications outside the classroom.

Our faculty recognizes the cumulative nature of mathematics as it evolves through algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, trigonometry, statistics, and calculus. While tailored for college-bound students, our curriculum and our innovative and diverse methods of teaching are designed for students of different learning styles and abilities. In each of our courses we strive to create an environment which fosters academic excellence and nurtures both reflection and critical thinking. Specifically, we teach our students to recognize and to solve routine problems and also to think creatively in finding ways to a solution where a routine path is not evident.

A math classroom at Holy Child is not a bland exchange of numbers and equations; we recognize that in order to learn mathematics, students must freely exchange ideas and make mistakes–thereby learning from them. We encourage this interchange, even if wrong answers come up, to create a successful classroom environment that is conducive to learning. This only works because we demand that our students treat one another with consideration and respect at all times.

We incorporate technology regularly to assist in the understanding, from graphing calculators and Geometer’s Sketchpad software to one teacher’s use of YouTube videos as homework review sessions.

The Mathematics Department has the following objectives:

  • To teach students to become confident, independent, critical thinkers and problem solvers.
  • To give our students an understanding of mathematics through diverse methods of learning.
  • To ensure that students master the fundamental mathematical skills essential to succeed in high-school mathematics and to reinforce these skills through the use of relevant technologies.
  • To use technology as a tool so that students can more fully appreciate mathematics and apply what they have learned in the real world.
  • To illustrate to students the relevance and importance of mathematics in other academic disciplines.
  • To teach math in a way that is both engaging and enjoyable to all of our students.

Students new to Holy Child will be required to take a placement exam; those who have taken Algebra in eighth grade are required to take an Algebra placement test. The student’s performance on this test will be one criterion used by the department for placement into Algebra I, Geometry or Geometry (Honors). Students who have not taken Algebra in eighth grade will take a skills assessment exam.

Freshmen will typically be placed in Algebra I, Honors Algebra I, Geometry, or Honors Geometry. The diagram below illustrates typical paths, followed by Holy Child students, although exceptions are made and based on individual needs.

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