MYP mathematics expects all students to appreciate the beauty and usefulness of mathematics as a remarkable cultural and intellectual legacy of humankind, and as a valuable instrument for social and economic change in society.
The aims of any MYP subject and of the personal project state in a general way what the teacher may expect to teach or do and what the student may expect to experience or learn. In addition they suggest ways in which the teacher and the student may be changed by the learning experience.
The aims of teaching and learning mathematics are to encourage and enable students to:
Highland Park offers a few different mathematical choices. To determine which level is appropriate for your child we will refer to MCA test scores, pretest scores (given the 2nd day of class) and teacher recommendation. Test scores are not a perfect placement indicator; other factors such as student maturity, motivation, English language proficiency, and work ethic are just as important. We will place students in the math class that is educationally right for them.
Pre-Algebra (7th grade)
This course prepares students for Algebra 1 or Algebra 1A. The objective of this course is for students to learn all content standards as given by the State of Minnesota for grade 7. The four mathematics strands covered in this course are: number and operation, algebra, geometry, and data analysis and probability. Specific topics include:
This course prepares students for Algebra 1 Challenge. The objective of this course is for students to learn all content standards as given by the State of Minnesota for grade 7 and to become prepared to take the Algebra 1 Challenge course in 8th grade. The Pre-Algebra Challenge seventh grade mathematics curriculum is designed to expand the student’s knowledge of the four mathematics strands covered in this course, which are: number and operation, algebra, geometry, and data analysis and probability. Specific topics include:
Algebra 1 (8th grade)
This course covers the first half of a traditional Algebra 1 course. It reviews Pre-Algebra skills and extends through linear functions, linear inequalities, and systems of linear equations. Topics covered include:
This course is a complete Algebra 1 course. It extends through linear functions and inequalities, systems of linear equations, polynomials, and quadratic and exponential functions. The course is intended for students who have shown mastery of Pre-Algebra concepts and skills. Topics covered include:
This is a complete high school geometry course that meets the Minnesota Standards in Geometry. Emphasis is placed on the understanding, application, and development of geometric properties in two and three dimensions. Additionally, an effort is made to consistently connect geometry topics with algebra concepts that students studied in Algebra 1 and that they will return to in Algebra II following this course. Topics studied in Geometry include:
Excel Math is designed to help prepare students for success in their current math class as well as filling in some of the mathematical gaps. Students will be using Math Facts in a Flash to brush up on their math basics. They will also be using the Accelerated Math Program at an individual pace. Each student’s ability level will be tracked, and individual lessons and tests will be given. There will also be large group discussions targeting problem areas in math.