Mission Statement

The mathematics department provides a challenging curriculum that strives to meet the needs of a diverse student body by helping the student to realize that the analytical reasoning skills he or she possesses are gifts of God and should be developed to their utmost; helping students develop sufficient computational, procedural, and problem-solving skills to provide a solid foundation for further study in mathematics; emphasizing for students the connection between mathematical concepts and real-world situations; helping students grow in the confidence of their math and reasoning abilities, and encouraging students who are gifted in mathematics to pursue a future in a math-related field.

Faculty

  • Ms. Danielle Tornabene (Chairperson) – Bucknell University – B.S.
  • Mrs. Amy Couser – Texas A&M University – B.S.,
    Texas Christian University – M.S.
  • Mr. Douglas Erickson – Concordia University Nebraska – B.S.
  • Mrs. Emily Harding – Concordia University Nebraska – B.S.
  • Ms. Malinda Midzenski – Quinnipiac University – B.S.,
    Yale University – M.P.H.,
    Goucher College – M.A.T.
  • Mrs. Barbara Ross – Loyola University of Maryland – B.S.
  • Ms. Cammie White – Missouri State University – B.S.,
    East Carolina University – M.A., Towson University – M.S.
  • Requirements for Graduation

In order to graduate, students must earn four credits in mathematics that must include: Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.

NOTE: The University System of Maryland (USM) requires incoming freshman undergraduates to have completed four years of high school math. The coursework must include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Students who complete Algebra II before their senior year of high school must also complete the fourth year math requirement that is intensive in algebra and expands on algebra foundations developed during Algebra II.

Courses of Study

  • Foundations of Algebra
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry | Honors Geometry
  • Algebra II | Honors Algebra II
  • Advanced Algebra
  • Statistics
  • Pre-Calculus (honors)
  • Calculus (honors)
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus A/B
  • AP Calculus B/C
  • Elementary Linear Algebra

Extracurricular

Math League Over one million students from the United States and Canada participate in Math League Contests each year. Every contest has questions from different areas of mathematics. The goal is to encourage student interest and confidence in mathematics through solving worthwhile problems. Many students first develop an interest in mathematics through problem-solving activities such as these contests. Schools compete in statewide or multistate league competitions.

FAQs

Q: How are students evaluated and placed into regular or honors classes?

A: Incoming students are required to take a placement test for English, mathematics, and optional for Spanish. Students are recommended to honors or regular college prep based upon their grades from their previous school, previous teacher recommendations, and scores on the placement test.

Q: If my student initially places into regular college prep, can they move into honors?

A: Students who excel academically and maintain an A average throughout the year are eligible to move into honors courses the following year. Teacher recommendations and department approval is also necessary to move from college prep to honors.