Math & Business Technology
The Mathematics Department is committed to reaching all students with a curriculum that is designed to present mathematics as a fluid, coherent body of knowledge. The Integrated Mathematical Modeling (IMM) program has been designed so that it supports students in their transition from middle school mathematics to high school mathematics. During each school year, students will be guided to discover and experience mathematics as a mathematician would, experience the discovery of new mathematical concepts, and be exposed to the real world applications of mathematics.
In the IMM courses, the standards presented in the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for Mathematics are organized by conceptual category. Students will experience mathematics as an integrated whole, with connections made across the traditional domains of Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Statistics. Students will have opportunities to learn the content of both geometry and statistics while they are learning algebraic skills and algebraic representations of mathematical concepts.
Through the course of the IMM program, students will develop the body of knowledge needed to study advanced mathematics courses. There are a variety of courses available for students who wish to continue their learning in the Mathematics Department throughout their high school career. Upperclassmen have the option of enrolling in Advanced Placement classes in Calculus (AB and BC) as well as in Probability and Statistics. Additional offerings such as Quantitative Reasoning and Math Applications are also available to challenge every learner.
It should be noted that the use of calculators is an integral part of all mathematics courses in the high school. It is recommended that students have access to a scientific calculator. The Texas Instruments TI-84+ Silver Edition is strongly suggested for all courses.
If a member of the Class of 2016 wants to waive Integrated Mathematical Modeling 3 (IMM3) due to an error in the published handbook (2012-13), students are to contact the administration or speak to their guidance counselor. Starting with the Class of 2017, all students must take four full credits of mathematics. In some instances, two 2.5 credit semester courses, such as Accounting 1, Accounting 2, Accounting 3, and Financial Literacy (all located in the Business and Computers section), may count for the additional fourth year. It is highly recommended that students discuss their senior year of mathematics course selection with their guidance counselors in order to make an informed decision.