Our individually paced math program (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry—all with an Honors mastery based component) is based on the belief that students can achieve any level of math success they want if
- they are given the freedom to learn at their own pace,
- they are empowered to believe that they have the ability to be successful in math and that there is no such thing as a “math person” and
- they are provided with challenging, deep and inter-connected math tasks that allow them to struggle, persevere, discover and grow.
Students work collaboratively in fluid groups as they individually-pace through through the curriculum. They will have the ability to spend more time on topics if needed or can advance at a faster pace potentially completing the course in less than one year continuing on to the next level. Students may also self-select honors distinction.
Last year more than 15% of our students completed two years of math in one year.
Additionally, we modified our Algebra Challenge Exam to allow students to prove mastery on topics. This enabled some incoming students to begin further into the Algebra curriculum. Many freshmen were already halfway through the curriculum before starting classes in the fall.
We also opened up summer school to students wishing to work ahead and more than 50 freshmen took advantage, allowing them to be closer to starting Algebra 2 in their freshman year.