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Our philosophy for math can be summed up in two words: real life. We believe that math is best learned when it is made meaningful and relevant to a student's life. Therefore, our classes are designed to incorporate real world applications and hands-on activities.

We offer a comprehensive math program for students ages 3-18, from beginning math concepts through calculus and beyond.

LOL Math Sequence
Math 1/2-Math7/8 Sequence
PreAlgebra
Algebra I or Honors Algebra
Geometry
Algebra II (may be taken after Algebra I)
PreCalculus
Calculus (AP available)
Advanced Math Classes Scheduled as Needed

Please note: Many of the math classes have prerequisites. We set these to ensure, as much as possible, that students will have the necessary skills to be successful in each class. Please make sure your child meets all requirements listed for the class. For more information, contact the specific teacher.

In addition, while it is anticipated that each class will cover the topics listed in the class description, this may not always be possible. Here's our philosophy:
  • We believe it is important for students to work at their own level.
  • Depending on the make-up of the class, each year's class may move at a different pace.
  • We consider depth of knowledge to be more important than breadth. Given a choice between "finishing the book" and delving as deeply into each topic as the students need in order to grasp it fully, we will choose the latter every time.

    Therefore,if a class is unable to "finish the book" by the end of the year, families will be responsible to make sure their child accomplishes any additional material they need to move on to the next level. Teachers will let families know if there is anything that they need to work on over the summer. Most classes each year are able to cover the necessary topics for each level.
  • Algebra I 13 + Rm #30
    Teacher: Julie Hamman
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This is algebra at its best! Students learn basic algebra concepts such as solving equations/ inequalities with variables, solving systems of equations, exponents, graphing linear equations, roots, radicals, and quadratic equations. The Key Curriculum Press Algebra Series is used.

    Algebra II 14+ Rm #24
    Teacher: Jennifer Showalter
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    Students work in small groups to collect data, develop and analyze mathematical models, explore patterns and relevant questions, make and defend predictions, discuss and present their findings, and write about mathematics. The text also presents algebraic problems in such a manner as to encourage students to approach problems from multiple perspectives. Tests are used as a tool for students to assess their own mastery. Purchase of a Texas Instrument 83+ graphing calculator is required. Outside-of-class work is mandatory for this class.

    Algebra II 14+ Rm #24
    Teacher: Jennifer Showalter
    Outside Work: Significant
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    Students work in small groups to collect data, develop and analyze mathematical models, explore patterns and relevant questions, make and defend predictions, discuss and present their findings, and write about mathematics. The text also presents algebraic problems in such a manner as to encourage students to approach problems from multiple perspectives. Tests are used as a tool for students to assess their own mastery. Purchase of a Texas Instrument 83+ graphing calculator is required. Outside-of-class work is mandatory for this class.

    Basic Geometry 13+ Rm #30
    Teacher: Julie Hamman
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Prerequisites: completion of Algebra I
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Here is a non-intimidating way to prepare students with a basic understanding of geometry. This class will introduce students to a wide range of geometric discoveries as they do step-by-step constructions.

    Using only a pencil, compass, and straightedge, students begin by drawing lines, bisecting angles, and reproducing segments. Later they do sophisticated constructions involving over a dozen steps—and are prompted to form their own generalizations. When they finish, students will have been introduced to 134 geometric terms and will be ready to tackle formal proofs.


    Calculus 16+ Rm #24
    Teacher: Jennifer Showalter
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 16 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This course is presented as a study of four fundamental concepts: limits, derivatives, and two kinds of integrals. Review of pre-calculus topics is done as it is needed, rather than all at once at the beginning of the course. From day one students work on learning concepts using a four-pronged approach: numerical, graphical, algebraic, and verbal--whichever is appropriate. With these approaches, realistic applications are possible, such as fitting a logistic equation to actual census data. As a result, students with a wider range of abilities can be successful in calculus, not just those students strong in algebra. Developed specifically with the high school student in mind, but with all the content of a college-level course, this class takes full advantage of graphing calculator technology. Tests are used as a tool to assess students' own mastery. Purchase of a Texas Instrument 83+ graphing calculator is required. Outside-of-class work is mandatory for this class. There is an extra $20 fee for book rental added to the material fees for this class.

    Challenge Accepted! 11-13 Rm #12
    Teacher: Diana Mattson
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Students will work together in groups to complete a different exciting challenge each week. Each challenge will reinforce problem solving and critical thinking skills. As students get involved in the discovery process, science concepts will be introduced and reinforced. Each challenge will end with a real world research question (an extension of what they discovered and learned).

    Challenge Accepted! 9-11 Rm #12
    Teacher: Diana Mattson
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 9 - 11
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Students will work together in groups to complete a different exciting challenge each week. Each challenge will reinforce problem solving and critical thinking skills. As students get involved in the discovery process, science concepts will be introduced and reinforced. Each challenge will end with a real world research question (an extension of what they discovered and learned).

    Crafty Math 10-12 Rm #33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 10 - 12
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    Get ready to cut, glue, paint, thread, draw and more as students investigate math concepts through their creativity. Class projects will delve into many aspects of math: shapes, measurement, number sense, symmetry, patterns, statistics and more! This class is for Makers who are excited to combine their love of crafting with math explorations. Let’s get crafting mathematically!

    Crafty Math 7-9 Rm #33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 7 - 9
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    Get ready to cut, glue, paint, thread, draw and more as students investigate math concepts through their creativity. Class projects will delve into many aspects of math: shapes, measurement, number sense, symmetry, patterns, statistics and more! This class is for Makers who are excited to combine their love of crafting with math explorations. Let’s get crafting mathematically!

    Hands-on Geometry Fun Rm #33
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 10 - 12
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    Students will use materials and math tools in activities, projects, and games to explore the geometric world. The focus of the class will be to help students develop a conceptual understanding of topics including the use of a compass and protractor, properties of lines, angles, two and three dimensional shapes, area, perimeter, volume, measurement, pi, and circumference.

    Honors Algebra Rm #35
    Teacher: Tiffany Roark
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 13 - 15
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This class uses the Discovering Algebra book by Key Curriculum Press which integrates the traditional algebra curriculum with statistics, data analysis, functions, discrete mathematics, geometry, and probability. Students work with data from real-world situations and applications in a curriculum that places algebra in an applications-based context and where investigation precedes introductions of formulas and expressions.

    By focusing on exploration, rather than simply naming concepts and completing computation exercises, students gain a deeper understanding and build skills that last. Learning new material through their own investigations enables students to make meaningful personal connections to the numbers, patterns, arguments, and mathematics they discover. This class makes the transformation from rule-dominated, symbol-oriented manipulation-based algebra to an activity and experiment-based algebra. Word problems relate algebra to everyday situations, which help students understand abstract concepts. Tests are used as a tool for students to assess their own mastery. Texas Instrument 83+ graphing calculator required, but no previous experience with the calculator is necessary. Outside-of-class work is mandatory for this class.


    Honors Geometry 14+ Rm #35
    Teacher: Tiffany Roark
    Outside Work: Significant
    Book Purchase Required
    Prerequisites: Algebra I
    Ages: 14 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This is a comprhensive, high school level, hands-on, cooperative approach to learning geometry. Students will explore geometric relationships using a wide variety of tools--from compasses to computers, from patty papers to graphing calculators. This class guides students to discover and master concepts and relationships before they are introduced to formal proofs, drawing students in with real life examples and applications from many cultures and disciplines. Tests are used as a tool to assess their own mastery. Texas Instrument 83+ graphing calculator required, but no previous experience with the calculator is necessary. Outside-of-class work is mandatory for this class.

    Individualized Math 12+ Rm #30
    Teacher: Julie Hamman
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 12 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This class gives students the opportunity to work on the specific math skills needed by each student as an individual. Students take a preliminary test to determine where they are and continue from there. This class can accommodate students from General Math through Algebra II. Each student works at their own speed and level. Regular daily homework required.

    Individualized Math 12+ Room 30
    Teacher: New Teacher
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Prerequisites: none
    Ages: 12 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This class gives students the opportunity to work on the specific math skills needed by each student as an individual. Students take a preliminary test to determine where they are and continue from there. This class can accommodate students from General Math through Algebra II. Each student works at their own speed and level. Regular daily homework required.

    Individualized Math 13+ Rm # 35
    Teacher: Tiffany Roark
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This is a class designed to give students the opportunity to work on the specific math skills needed by each as an individual.Students take a preliminary test to determine where they are and continue from there. This class can accommodate students from General Math Skills through Algebra II. Each student will work at his/her own speed and level. Regular daily homework required.

    Individualized Math 13+ Rm #35
    Teacher: Tiffany Roark
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This is a class designed to give students the opportunity to work on the specific math skills needed by each as an individual.Students take a preliminary test to determine where they are and continue from there. This class can accommodate students from General Math Skills through Algebra II. Each student will work at his/her own speed and level. Regular daily homework required.

    Math 1/2 Rm #11
    Teacher: Jennifer Deming
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 6 - 8
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Students explore & refine basic key math skills & concepts (listed below) through creative methods. Math projects are introduced to reinforce and enhance basic math skills & concepts.

    comparing and ordering numbers
    place value
    addition facts
    addition
    subtraction facts
    subtraction
    relationship between addition and subtraction
    fractions
    adding and subtracting fractions
    decimals
    multiplication
    division
    measurement
    time
    patterns and sequences


    Math 3/4 Rm #33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 8 - 10
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    A comprehensive math class that balances skills-driven strategies & real-world practice to effectively help students understand math & internalize math concepts. The comprehension of mathematical concepts, operations, & relations, emphasizing reasoning and critical thinking skills, will help develop math proficiency in all areas. The curriculum is designed to include continual practice and review of skills, depth of understanding, and differentiated instruction.
    (Outside work: moderate) Book purchase required.

    Topics to be covered listed below:

    place values
    comparing and ordering numbers
    addition
    relationship between addition and subtraction
    subtraction
    decimals
    rounding and estimating
    multiplication facts
    multiplication
    relationship of multiplication and division
    division facts
    division
    decimals
    fractions
    measurement
    geometry
    perimeter and circumference
    patterns




    Math 5/6 Rm #33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 10 - 12
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This is a comprehensive math class that assumes students have a basic understanding of the concepts and computation skills necessary to work competently with the four basic operations. Students will sharpen these basic skills through practice. They will also study fractions, decimals, percents, measurement, simple geometry, and have experiences with probability.

    This class will be a balance of skills-driven strategies & real-world practice to effectively help students understand math & internalize math concepts. The comprehension of mathematical concepts, operations, & relations, emphasizing reasoning and critical thinking skills, will help develop math proficiency in all areas. The curriculum is designed to include continual practice and review of skills, depth of understanding, and differentiated instruction.
    (Outside work: moderate) Book purchase required.

    Skills to be covered listed below:

    place values
    comparing and ordering numbers
    addition
    subtraction
    rounding and estimating
    computation
    divisibility
    percents, fractions and decimals
    ratios
    measurement
    perimeter and circumference
    area
    surface area
    volume
    geometric figures
    geometric calculations
    geometry
    integers
    expressions, equations and inequalities
    statistics
    scientific notation
    exponents
    patterns



    Math 6/7 Rm #33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This is a comprehensive math class that covers the topics necessary to prepare students for Pre-Algebra. Students intuitively explore concepts for a basic understanding so they know when to apply what they have learned. Several hours of homework will need to be completed each week for success in this class.

    Skills covered are listed below:

    comparing and ordering Numbers
    addition
    subtraction
    multiplication
    division
    fractions, decimals and percents
    comparing and ordering numbers
    positive and negative integers
    computation with fractions and decimals
    ratios
    divisibility
    properties, special quantities and operations
    rounding and estimation
    measurement
    geometric properties
    geometric calculations
    perimeter and circumference
    area
    surface area
    volume
    positive and negative integers
    expressions, equations and inequalities
    statistics
    scientific notation
    exponents
    patterns


    Math 6/7 Rm #33
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This is a comprehensive math class that covers the topics necessary to prepare students for Pre-Algebra. Students intuitively explore concepts for a basic understanding so they know when to apply what they have learned. Several hours of homework will need to be completed each week for success in this class.

    Skills covered are listed below:

    comparing and ordering Numbers
    addition
    subtraction
    multiplication
    division
    fractions, decimals and percents
    comparing and ordering numbers
    positive and negative integers
    computation with fractions and decimals
    ratios
    divisibility
    properties, special quantities and operations
    rounding and estimation
    measurement
    geometric properties
    geometric calculations
    perimeter and circumference
    area
    surface area
    volume
    positive and negative integers
    expressions, equations and inequalities
    statistics
    scientific notation
    exponents
    patterns


    Math 7/8 Rm #30
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    This is a comprehensive math class that will cover the topics necessary to prepare students for Pre-Algebra. Students will intuitively explore concepts for a basic understanding so that they will know when to apply what they have learned. Several hours of homework will need to be completed each week for success in this class.

    Skills to be covered listed below:

    comparing and ordering numbers
    addition
    subtraction
    multiplication
    division
    fractions, decimals and percents
    comparing and ordering numbers
    computation with fractions and decimals
    ratios
    divisibility
    properties, special quantities and operations
    rounding and estimation
    measurement
    geometric properties
    geometric calculations
    perimeter and circumference
    area
    surface area
    volume
    positive and negative integers
    expressions, equations and inequalities
    statistics
    scientific notation
    exponents
    patterns


    Math Help 13+ Rm #24
    Teacher: Jennifer Showalter
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Prerequisites: Must be currently taking Algebra I, II, Geometry, Precalculus or Calculus.
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $30.00
    Need extra math help? Algebra I, II, Geometry, Precalculus and Calculus topics can be addressed

    Math Help 13+ Rm #35
    Teacher: Tiffany Roark
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Prerequisites: Must be currently taking Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, II, or Geometry.
    Ages: 13 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $30.00
    Need extra math help? Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, or Geometry, topics can be addressed

    Math Help 9-12 Rm #33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 9 - 12
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $30.00
    This class is for students who would like help with their math homework or assistance with newly learned math skills.

    Math Magicians 6-8 Rm #11
    Teacher: Jennifer Deming
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 6 - 8
    1 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $45.00
    Enter the amazing world of math! In this dynamic hands-on course, we will use math in diverse and fascinating ways. Get ready to:
    -Create mind-boggling tricks and crafts.
    -Open a class business.
    -Sharpen your detective skills and solve mysteries.
    -Solve puzzles and play games
    -Create gifts and games
    -Work on classroom improvement projects
    Prepare to be amazed at what math can do for you!


    Money Madness 8-10 Rm #33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 8 - 10
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This class is designed to help young students explore economics and personal finance in ways that are exciting and meaningful to them. We’ll explore these concepts using children’s literature and lots and lots of hands-on projects and activities We’ll find out how money works, design our own currency, learn how to be a smart consumer and much, much ore. Each student will apply and interview for a classroom job. Students will learn what is involved in making a product, and the class will run its own small business.

    Money Makers 11-13 Rm #33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.5 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    Economics comes alive through hands-on activities, simulations, a mini class economy, and a class business. Students explore seemingly complex concepts in easy-to-understand and exciting ways. We will design our own currency, use play dough (truly!), participate in a stock market simulation, build paper airplanes, and more. Each student will apply and interview for a classroom job. Students will learn what is involved in making a product, and the class will run its own small business. Students will have many opportunities to put their creativity and problem solving skills into action.

    Pre-Algebra 12+ Rm #35
    Teacher: Tiffany Roark
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Book Purchase Required
    Ages: 12 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This is a hands-on class covering operations on integers, variable terms and expressions, solving equations, graphing, basic geometry, formulas, measurement, statistics and probability. For the most part, in-class time is spent on interactive activities where students experience mathematics in a concrete way. The at-home work will be a paper and pencil reinforcement of the in-class topic. Tests are used as a tool for students to assess their own mastery. Outside-of-class work is mandatory for this class.


    Prerequisites: Students must be competent in the four basic operations (+, -, x, /) on whole numbers, decimals, fractions (including multi digit) and percents and their applications; Measurement: choosing appropriate units, converting from one unit to another, operations (+-x/) on measurements - in both standard and metric system. In addition, students must have been exposed to data gathering; data display; basic geometry; and probability.



    Pre-Algebra 12+ Rm #35
    Teacher: To be determined
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 12 and up
    1.5 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This is a hands-on class covering operations on integers, variable terms and expressions, solving equations, graphing, basic geometry, formulas, measurement, statistics and probability. For the most part, in-class time is spent on interactive activities where students experience mathematics in a concrete way. The at-home work will be a paper and pencil reinforcement of the in-class topic. Tests are used as a tool for students to assess their own mastery. Outside-of-class work is mandatory for this class.


    Prerequisites: Students must be competent in the four basic operations (+, -, x, /) on whole numbers, decimals, fractions (including multi digit) and percents and their applications; Measurement: choosing appropriate units, converting from one unit to another, operations (+-x/) on measurements - in both standard and metric system. In addition, students must have been exposed to data gathering; data display; basic geometry; and probability.

    Pre-Calculus 16+ Rm #24
    Teacher: Jennifer Showalter
    Outside Work: Moderate
    Ages: 16 and up
    1.25 Hour Class; 2 days/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    Analytic geometry and advanced topics in algebra are presented in this course. Students study algebraic, logarithmic, exponential, and matrix functions. A thorough treatment of trigonometric concepts and applications through the study of identity proofs, solutions of right and oblique triangles, solutions of trigonometric equations, logarithms, and vector applications and complex numbers. Tests are used as a tool to assess their own mastery. Purchase of a Texas Instrument 83+ graphing calculator is required. Outside-of-class work is mandatory for this class. There is an extra $20 added to the material fee to rent the book for the year.

    Problem Solving Lab 11-13 Rm #33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 11 - 13
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    It’s easy to feel a bit confused or even overwhelmed by math “word problems”, but in this class students will be engaged in solving real life math investigations and mind bender puzzlers in an encouraging and co-operative setting. Investigations include “Candy Boxes”, “Risky Allowance”, “Your Height in Money”, “Popcorn Problem”, “Prison Problem”, “Colorful Maps”, “ Knights in Armor”, “Muffin Mania”, “Talking Turkey”, “The Better Box”, “Candy Conundrum”, “Counting Counts!”, “Measuring Up”, “Walk for the Paws”, and many more!

    We’ll learn more about each student’s own learning style and explore multiple ways to solve problems. Students will learn a variety of problem solving strategies. Different problems require different approaches, so we’ll analyze the strengths of various strategies in a given situation to determine the best one(s) for the job. Students will work through the problem solving process (Understand, Plan, Solve, Check) and communicate their findings verbally and through writing and pictures.


    Storybook Math 6-8 Rm #33
    Teacher: Elizabeth Tillis-Gilland
    Outside Work: Minimal
    Ages: 6 - 8
    1.25 Hour Class; 1 day/week
    Yearly Materials Fee : $40.00
    This is a class in which children’s literature and mathematics connect! Developing mathematical understanding occurs naturally when children use math in connections with things they already know. Students of all reading abilities and mathematical understanding will feel comfortable and successful as we work together to explore a variety of mathematical concepts. We’ll be reading many picture books filled with mathematical ideas and great stories! Students will put on their thinking caps and participate in hands-on mathematics activities related to the stories.

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