Mathematics as a subject provides a system for creating abstract models of reality. Systematic examination of the structure of these models helps in beginning to understand the relationships present in our world. The design of Bellarmine’s math core curriculum focuses on algebra and geometry, as these are fundamental prerequisites for advanced high school mathematics. They are also essential preparation for a wide variety of college majors, and they form the basis for an analytical skill set which is important for all citizens. To this end, the faculty of the math department strives to assist every student to:
- become fluent in the language of algebra and geometry
- develop competence and confidence in the areas of analytical reasoning and problem solving
- build a lasting affinity for math through a positive learning experience.
For students wishing to further their study of math beyond the core, the department offers elective courses that include study in the areas of calculus, probability, statistics, number theory and graph theory.
The Math Curriculum Course Map (below) illustrates the sequencing of course offerings. The math core consists of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. Completion of the core, or its equivalent, is required before a student is allowed to enroll in advanced electives. There are regular and honors/AP sections of almost every course.
Three full years of math are required for graduation, but four is highly recommended.
HONORS & ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) PROGRAM
The purpose of offering Accelerated, Honors, and Advanced Placement courses is to provide students who possess both the academic talent and interest in mathematics an opportunity to be challenged in a way that a regular course would not offer. This challenge stems from teachers stretching the student’s mathematical knowledge by examining topics in greater depth/detail and moving at a faster pace. Expectations of students enrolled in these courses include exemplary comprehension of the prerequisite mathematics, a commitment to active class participation, a passion for learning, and a dedication to the responsibilities that accompany the rigorous academic study.
In recent years, the mathematics department has changed its policy of advancing students based on accelerated summer work. Click HERE for complete details.