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Why Study Math?
Math is not just calculation and formulas. The study of mathematics helps students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, discover patterns and order in the world, develop logical arguments, and make valid inferences. The aim of all mathematics courses is to help students see and understand mathematical relationships, reason logically, and use mathematical strategies to solve realworld problems.
Graduation Requirements:
In 2007 the State of Oregon raised the number of math credits required for an Oregon Diploma from 2 credits to 3. The new requirements took effect fully in 2014 and required that the 3 math credits must be at the Algebra I content level and higher. In addition, all students must meet the Essential Skills requirement. For more information about graduation requirements for an Oregon High School Diploma click here.
Calculators
We use graphing calculators in all of our math classes. Our recommendation is a TI83 Plus but if you have an older TI83 laying around or you purchase a TI84 Plus they will also meet the requirement. Most students get a calculator at the start of 8th or 9th grade and use it for class work, homework, and assessments in math and science through all four years of high school.
Math Courses Flow Chart
Below are some typical pathways for students to earn the required 3 math credits. Students who plan on attending college/university should consider either the Traditional or Advanced pathway. Please speak with Counseling or someone in the Math Department for questions about which math classes you should take.
See the Curriculum Guide for more information
Course Descriptions

Algebra 1
1 Credit
Grades: 911
Prerequisites: Placement TestThis is a basic course in abstract reasoning as it relates to our number system. Topics include variables and variable expressions, integers, solving equations and inequalities, polynomials, rational and irrational numbers, and linear and quadratic functions. Algebra 1 is the prerequisite for all other math courses. You must pass both semesters plus 2 other math classes to graduate.
Algebra 2
1 Credit
Grades: 9, 1112
Prerequisites: Algebra I or Placement Test
College Credit AvailableThe course is designed to build understanding of the concepts that provide a strong foundation for future courses. The course will connect Algebra to the real world and to other subjects, involve students in exploration and discovery of math concepts and assess student’s progress in ways that support learning. The course uses functions as a unifying theme with emphasis on graphing and the relationship between graphs and equations.
Algebra Foundations
1 Credit
Prerequisites: Placement Test Grades: 910A course designed to bridge the gap between 8th grade math/PreAlgebra and Algebra 1, covering topics such as proportions, ratios, solving one, two, and multistep equations, inequalities, and other math skills to prepare for future math courses. This an alternative course to Algebra 1, which individualizes instruction through Algebra 1 standards.
Algebra Projects
0.5 Credit
Grades: 1012
Prerequisites: Algebra I or Algebra FoundationsThis course combines Algebra 1, Geometry and some Algebra 2 skills in solving realworld application problems.
Geometry
1 Credit
Grades: 1012
Prerequisites: Algebra 1Geometry is the study of the relationships between lines, angles, and other geometric figures. Emphasis is on deductive reasoning and the writing of proofs relating to the logical developments of geometry. Recommended for college bound students.
Geometry Projects
0.5 Credit
Grades: 1012
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 or Algebra FoundationsThis class uses geometry concepts and skills to complete projects based on reallife applications.
Informal Geometry
1 Credit
Grades: 1012
Prerequisites: Algebra 1 or Algebra FoundationsThis course will develop the basic concepts and the applications of geometry, without the rigors of proof writing. This will include practical applications, problem solving, hands on activities and projects.

AP Calculus AB
1 Credit
Grades: 1112
Prerequisites: Trigonometry
College Credit Available Calculus courses include the study of derivatives, differentiation, integration, the definite and indefinite integral, and applications of calculus. Typically, students have previously attained knowledge of precalculus topics (some combination of trigonometry, elementary functions, analytic geometry, and math analysis). Not offered 2021
AP Calculus BC
1 Credit
Grades: 12
Prerequisites: AP Calculus AB
College Credit AvailableAn extension of AP Calculus AB with more techniques for Taylor series, parametric equation, integration by parts, polar coordinate function and curve interpolations. Not offered 2021
College Algebra/Trigonometry
1 Credit
Grades: 1112
Prerequisites: Alg 2 & Geometry
College Credit AvailableThe College Algebra course examines functions and related inequalities using a graphing calculator. Students will focus on polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and related piecewise defined functions. This course includes a study of the complex number system, the algebra of functions, the applications of functions in sequences and series. Highorder linear systems will be solved using a calculator. For Trigonometry it is expected that you understand the theorems, corollaries and postulates from geometry and be able to do rudimentary
proofs. It is also expected that you have an understanding of functions, fractions and solving equations by a variety of means as learned in Algebra 2.
Senior Math Essential Skills (ES) Lab
0.5 Credit
Grade: 12th only
Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation onlyThis class is specifically designed for seniors who have yet to meet their essential skill requirements in math. Students will begin the year by identifying his or her own weaknesses and finding strategies to fix these. Throughout the semester students will track improvements until the requirements have been met through state testing or work samples.
Statistics
1 Credit
Grades: 1112
Prerequisites: Algebra 2
This is a class designed to introduce probability and statistics. We will address both theoretical problems and explore statistics in our everyday lives. Topics include random samples, organizing data, averages and variation, probability theory, and distributions.