**Freshmen only**

**211 (CP) Essentials for Algebra I **

Full year course 5 per/7 day cycle – 5 credits

Prerequisite: None; Students appropriate for this class have had limited success in prior (Middle School) math courses

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop an understanding of pre-algebra concepts and build a foundation for success in the study of algebra. Emphasis is placed on operations with rational numbers, solving algebraic equations, and understanding linear, exponential, and quadratic relationships through tables, graphs and equations. In alignment with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, the course will address the following domains: the number system, expressions and equations, functions, geometry and statistics and probability.

**213 (CP) Algebra I**

Full year course 5 per/7 day cycle – 5 credits

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Grade 8 Math or Essentials for Algebra I (211)

This course takes a modern approach to college preparatory algebra. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are emphasized. It includes an introduction to algebra, working with real numbers, solving equations and problems, polynomials, factoring polynomials, fractions and applying them to equations, an introduction to functions, systems of linear equations, inequalities, rational and irrational numbers, probability, data analysis and algorithms. A calculator is recommended to enhance and facilitate solutions.

**214 (Honors) Algebra I**

Full year course 5 per/7 day cycle – 5 credits

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Grade 8 Math Advanced or Grade 8 Math with teacher recommendation

This course builds on the concepts taught in Grade 8 Math with a special emphasis on quadratic and exponential functions. As students learn about each family of functions, they will represent them in multiple ways – as verbal descriptions, equations, tables, and graphs. Students will also study polynomials, data analysis, and probability. This course will develop students’ ability to represent and analyze mathematical situations and structures using symbols. The students will use mathematical models to represent and solve problems in real world situations. At the Honors level, the introduction of new concepts will be at a rigorous pace with an emphasis on Pre-AP skills and the expectation that students can apply content knowledge to solve a wide variety of challenging problems. Students will be introduced to different problem solving techniques. They will be expected to analyze situations and apply the most appropriate method. Students will enter the course with a mastery of skills taught in Grade 8 Math. Advanced topics such as algebraic proofs will be covered.

**233 (CP) Algebra II**

Full year course 5 per/7 day cycle – 5 credits

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I (213 or 214) AND Successful completion of OR concurrent enrollment in Geometry (223 or 224)

A second course in algebra with a modern approach; this course is more rigorous than Algebra 1. Some topics covered include functions, polynomials, rational expressions, complex numbers, systems of equations, inequalities

**234 (Honors) Algebra II**

Full year course 5 per/7 day cycle – 5 credits

**Prerequisite: **Successful completion of Algebra I (213 with an A or 214 with a B or better) AND Successful completion of Geometry (223 with an A or 224 with a B or better) OR concurrent enrollment in Geometry (223 or 224)

Algebra II, honors, is a challenging course that continues a student’s study of algebraic concepts. Some topics covered include functions, polynomials, rational expressions, complex numbers, systems of equations, inequalities, conic sections and logarithms. Emphasis will be on solving problems that model real world applications. The graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-84) will be used regularly to enhance and facilitate the understanding of solutions to problems.

**245 (CP) Algebra III (formerly Advanced Algebra)**

Full year course 5 per/7 day cycle – 5 credits

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra II (233 or 234)

**Eligibility: ** Students who have completed Pre-Calculus (250 or 251) are ineligible to enroll

This mathematics course continues the study of algebraic concepts related to Pre-Calculus, including topics in advanced algebra and analytic geometry. Graphing calculators are used in selected topics. The emphasis in this course is on understanding and applying algebraic concepts and developing computational skills. A student who completes this course in conjunction with Trigonometry (260) will cover topics equivalent to Pre-Calculus CP (250)