The Mathematics area of study is designed to build a strong foundation in mathematical understanding and procedural skills, as well as to prepare students to meet the standards for 21st Century critical thinking and problem solving. The Mathematics curriculum includes the areas of ratios and proportional relationships, the number system, expressions and equations, geometry, and statistics and probability. The courses are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and designed to cover the equivalent of a year-long, traditional school curriculum.
The main goals of the Common Core State Standards are to establish the knowledge and skills necessary for college and career readiness among high school graduates, and to continually develop these skill sets at each grade level. The objectives of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics are to improve achievement in mathematics, to present math concepts in a more unified and coherent way, and to develop increased mathematical understanding. The “Standards for Mathematical Practice,” are unifying principles for approaching mathematical problems that apply to all grade levels. In addition, the high school mathematics standards are grouped into six concept areas – Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Modeling, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability – which can be combined in various ways according to different content goals. The Common Core State Standards strive to make the progression of math by grade level more logical, to cover fewer subjects in greater depth, and encourage students to apply mathematical thinking to real-world challenges.