The study of Mathematics is represented by three broad categories: skills, concepts,and applications. Performing mathematical skills, understanding the theoretical basis of these skills, and applying these skills and concepts inside and outside the classroom are the fundamental goals. Communicating mathematical reasoning is an essential component of a student’s ability to utilize his or her knowledge. Recognizing connections among the mathematical topics, and between mathematical topics and other disciplines, helps students create a world view of that is consistent with both a technological and liberal arts education. The assessment of skills is done primarily by the written, objective tests and through ongoing oral responses. Student’s comprehension of concepts and ability to communicate is measured by written or oral narratives including explanation of problem solving processes, logs of diaries, notebooks and summaries. Application of skills and concepts is assessed by creating and completing projects that may encompass a wide spectrum of topics: architecture, math, art, history, etc. Mathematics is consistently integrated into the science curriculum at appropriate levels.
For the last few years our MS students have competed in math competitions against schools throughout Lane and Linn counties. Despite the size of our school, we have always placed in the top three in these competitions (this achievement is all more noteworthy when you consider that we have a small handful of eligible students competing against schools that have hundreds of representatives to choose from). Our high school students have competed throughout 4J. Last year, our students won first place in three out of four subjects in which they competed. We were ultimately honored with the ability to compete state-wide.
The classes that we offer include: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Advanced Algebra, Functions Statistics and Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus and Discrete Mathematics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, and Number Theory.