Mathematics

  • Mathematics Graduation Requirements

    Students in the class of 2018 and beyond must:
    • Earn three credits from high school level mathematics courses. Students must earn one credit in each of the three categories below:

    o Algebra 1,2
    o Geometry 1,2
    o Any one of a number of third-credit qualifying courses

    Students who qualify for special education services under WAC 180-51-115 must:

    • Earn three credits of math designated by their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and
    • Pass the number of state math exams required of students in their graduating class. Students must:

    o Pass the exam required of non-special education qualified students OR
    o Successfully complete a CAA alternative option for either or both tests not passed OR
    o After grade 10, pass the Developmentally Appropriate Proficiency Exam in mathematics (DAPE)

    College Admissions Requirements

    Students intending to go to a four-year college in Washington State must earn at least three credits in mathematics that include Algebra 3,4. Additionally, students must, unless they have taken a course beyond Algebra 3,4, take a “math-based quantitative course” during their final year of high school. This course does not necessarily have to be a mathematics course. Students should familiarize themselves with admissions requirements before making decisions about what courses to take during their senior year. 

    Students who plan to pursue post-secondary education in a community or technical college program should take a strong math program. While successful completion of Algebra 3,4 is not generally a requirement for admission to community or technical colleges, it is recommended. 

    *Certificate of Academic Achievement alternative options are described in the “Assessment” section of the OSPI website. Please visit www.k12.wa.us

    To be eligible to graduate, students in the class of 2016 and beyond must earn three credits in mathematics. Credit must be earned in Algebra 1,2, Geometry 1,2 and in a third-credit qualifying course. All courses in Levels 3 and above (see below) are third-credit qualifying courses. Students must earn 1.0 credit in Algebra 1,2 before taking a third-credit qualifying course if those credits are to be applied to the third-credit requirement. 

    Students entering high school having already completed Geometry and/or Algebra and choosing to not include those courses on their high school transcript have different requirements. Students starting high school with Geometry must earn credit in Geometry, Algebra 3,4 and one additional math course. Students starting high school in Algebra 3,4 must earn credit in Algebra 3,4 and two additional math courses. 

    Most four year colleges require that students complete Algebra 3,4 (commonly called Algebra II) to be eligible to apply for admission. Because of this, as per state law, parents/guardians must meet with a school representative and indicate that this is their choice should students wish to take something other than Algebra 3,4 as their third math credit. In general, students complete a course at the previous level before taking a course at the next level. Students may take courses within the same level concurrently. Students wishing to concurrently take courses at different levels should consult their current math teacher.

    Math pathways

     

  • LEVEL 1


    ALGEBRA 1,2

    Course Code: QMA903, QMA904
    Algebra 1,2 is a full-year course that serves to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. Students will deepen and extend their understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend. Students will engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions. The Standards for Mathematical Practice will be applied throughout the course. Earning credit in Algebra 1,2 is a graduation requirement.

    ALGEBRA 1,2 APPLIED

    Course Code: QMA114, QMA115
    Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1,2
    (Math or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Algebra1,2 Applied is a full-year course that focuses on problem solving techniques, conversions, ratios and proportions, vectors, scientific notation, powers and roots, formulas, linear and non-linear equations, graphing, statistics, probabilities, factoring, patterns and functions, polynomials, quadratics, systems of equations, and inequalities with all topics imbedded in real-world, industry-based models. Earning credit in this course or in Algebra 1,2 is a graduation requirement.

    LEVEL 2


    GEOMETRY 1,2

    Course Code: QMA005, QMA006
    Geometry 1,2 is a full-year course that serves to formalize and extend students’ geometric experiences from the middle grades. Students will explore more complex geometric situations and deepen their explanations of geometric relationships, moving towards more formal mathematical arguments. Transformations are emphasized early as a basis for building a formal understanding of congruence and similarity. Students will expand their ability to compute and interpret theoretical and experimental probabilities for compound events. The Standards for Mathematical Practice will be applied throughout the course. Earning credit in Geometry 1,2 is a graduation requirement.

    GEOMETRY 1,2 APPLIED

    Course Code: QMA015, QMA016
    (Math or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Geometry 1- 2 Applied is a full-year course that focuses on discovering geometry, reasoning and proof, triangle theorems, similar triangles, right triangle properties, trigonometry, polygons and quadrilaterals, coordinate geometry, perimeter and area, circles, surface area and volume, and transformational geometry with all topics imbedded in real-world, industry-based models.
    Earning credit in this course or in Geometry 1,2 is a graduation requirement.

    LEVEL 3


    ALGEBRA 1,2 INTERMEDIATE

    Course Code: QMA198, QMA199
    This course serves as a bridge between Algebra 1,2 and Algebra 3,4. The course will review all of Algebra 1,2 in first semester and introduce concepts from Algebra 3,4 during second semester. Students who struggled with Algebra 1,2 are encouraged to take this course before taking Algebra 3,4. Students who earn a higher grade in the first semester of Intermediate Algebra will have their lowest Algebra 1,2 grade replaced for GPA and crediting purposes. Students who have passed both semesters of Algebra 1,2 by the end of the first semester of Algebra 1,2 Intermediate may count the second semester of this course toward half of the third-credit requirement.

    ALGEBRA 3,4

    Course Code: QMA101, QMA102
    Recommendation: C or better in both semesters of Algebra 1,2
    Algebra 3,4 is a full-year course designed for students to extend their repertoire of functions to include polynomial, rational, and radical functions. Students will continue to expand and hone their abilities to model situations and to solve equations, including quadratic equations over the set of complex numbers and solving exponential equations using the properties of logarithms. The Standards for Mathematical Practice will be applied throughout the course. With permission, this course may be taken concurrently with Geometry. This is a third-credit qualifying course.

    ACCOUNTING 3,4 College Credit

    Course Code: QMA024, QMA025
    (Eligible for Third Credit Math or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Students learn principles, terminology, procedures and applications that will give them the basic skills necessary to perform bookkeeping and accounting functions. Study includes procedures and automated accounting on computers, simulations, and analysis of budget financial statements. *To count as third credit in math, this course must be taken after earning 1.0 credit in Algebra 1,2.

    REAL WORLD ALGEBRA/COE

    Course Code: QMA003, QMA004
    Prerequisite: 1.0 credit earned in Algebra 1,2
    (Third Credit Math or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Real World Algebra/COE is a full-year course that focuses on algebra: problem solving, powers and roots, formulas, linear and non-linear equations, graphing, probability and statistics, trigonometry, factoring, patterns and functions, quadratics, systems of equations, and inequalities with all topics imbedded in real-world, industry-based models. This course qualifies as a third math credit and is also the course that students should take if they wish to submit a Collection of Evidence (COE) in fulfillment of State graduation requirements.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT COMPUTER SCIENCE 1,2

    Course Code: QMA008, QMA009
    (Eligible for Third Credit Math or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: Algebra 1,2
    AP Computer Science is a fast-paced, yearlong course. Meant to replicate a college introductory programming class, it is designed for students who have an interest in business or computer related careers. Students need good problem solving skills and a willingness to work hard. Students will be learning JAVA, with emphasis on problem solving, computer science theory and program syntax. After the AP Test, students will select a study topic of interest, such as Lego-robot programming, game programming, or data management.

    COMPUTER PROGRAMMING 1,2 College Credit

    Course Code: QMA026, QMA028
    1.0 credit
    (Eligible for Third Credit Math or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: Algebra 1,2
    The first semester is an introductory course in Computer Science designed for beginning programmers who want to gain introductory level experience using Microsoft’s Visual Basic .NET or 6.0 platform and to learn programming in oriented environment. The second semester is designed for students to explore other computer program compilers such as Java and C++.

    FINANCIAL ALGEBRA 1,2

    Course Code QMA803, QMA804
    Prerequisites: 1.0 credit earned in Algebra 1,2
    (Eligible for Third Credit Math or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Financial Algebra is a full-year course that focuses on problem solving as related to: the stock market, modeling a business, banking, consumer credit, automobile ownership, employment basics, income taxes, planning for retirement, and preparing a budget.

    INDEPENDENT LIVING

    Course Code: QMA144
    (Eligible for Third Credit Math option* or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Prepare for living on your own and making the transition into adult life! This course includes an overview of all of the skills needed to make good decisions about a successful lifestyle. Topics are looked at from a variety of perspectives and include understanding self and others, relationships, human sexuality, careers, housing, and insurance. Consumer issues include budgeting, money management, credit, banking, payroll, investments, income tax preparation and other related financial issues. *To count as third credit in math, this course must be taken after earning 1.0 credit in Algebra 1,2.

    MATH IN ART

    Course Code: QMA100
    Prerequisite: Algebra 1,2
    (Eligible for Third Credit Math option)
    Math in Art is a one semester course that uses art to explore topics in math. In Math in Art students create Fractals, visualize and draw figures from different viewpoints, build pictures with functions and three-dimensional models and investigate the mathematics behind video game programming. Using those topics they explore math concepts such as trigonometric functions, isometric and orthographic prospective, and function transformations. The course will review concepts learned in Algebra 1,2 and Geometry 1,2 to extend into new learning in preparation for Algebra 3,4. This is the first math course to include matrices and vectors.

    LEVEL 4


    ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE REASONING 1,2

    Course Codes: QMA275, QMA276
    Recommendation: Completion of Algebra 3,4
    Advanced Quantitative Reasoning is designed to reinforce, build on, and solidify students’ working knowledge of Algebra 1,2, Geometry 1,2, and Algebra 3,4; develop students’ quantitative literacy for effective citizenship, for workplace competitiveness, and for post-secondary education; develop students’ ability to investigate and solve mathematical problems and to communicate using precise mathematical language supported by the appropriate use of tables, graphs and diagrams; and will prepare students for post-secondary course work in statistics, computer science, mathematics, technical fields, and the natural and social sciences. Advanced Quantitative Reasoning is a rigorous, upper-level mathematics course designed to serve as the final course in the math sequence for those who take it. AQR is open only to seniors. This is a third-credit qualifying course.

    MATH ANALYSIS/TRIGONOMETRY 1,2

    Course Code: QMA108, QMA109
    Recommendation: C+ or better in Algebra 3,4
    This pre-calculus course reviews and extends (deepens) students’ experiences with functions (including polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and exponential functions). In addition, students study trigonometric functions and applications of trigonometry, conic sections, sequences and series (time permitting), and some elementary Calculus concepts (with an emphasis on limits). Successful completion of this course should prepare students for a college level Calculus course. This is a third-credit qualifying course.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT STATISTICS 1,2

    Course Code: QMA306, QMA307
    Recommendation: C+ or better in Algebra 3,4
    Students in this course are introduced to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. The course content is comparable to a one-semester introductory non-calculus-based college course in Statistics and prepares students to take the AP Statistics exam. This is a third-credit qualifying course.

    LEVEL 5


    CALCULUS 1,2

    Course Code: QMA312, QMA313
    Recommendation: C or better both semesters of Math Analysis/Trig.
    Students in this course study functions, limits of functions, the derivative and its applications, and the integral and its applications. This is a third-credit qualifying course.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS AB 1,2

    Course Code: QMA301, QMA302
    Recommendation: B or better both semesters of Math Analysis/Trig
    Students in this course study functions, limits of functions, the derivative and its applications, and the integral and its applications. The course content is comparable to that contained in the first two quarters of college Calculus and prepares students to take the AP Calculus A/B exam. This is a third-credit qualifying course.

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS BC 1,2

    Course Code: QMA303, QMA304
    Recommendation: B or better both semesters of Math Analysis/Trig or successful completion of AP Calculus AB
    This course covers the same content as AP Calculus AB plus some additional topics. The course content is comparable to that contained in the first two quarters of college Calculus and prepares students to take the AP Calculus BC exam. This is a third-credit qualifying course.

    SUPPORT CLASSES


    ALGEBRA SUPPORT 1,2

    Course Code: QMA919, QMA920
    This course is designed to support students in being successful in Algebra 1,2. Concepts taught in Algebra 1,2 are pre-taught and reviewed in Algebra Support. This course can be taken only with instructor permission and concurrently with Algebra 1,2. Algebra Support credits may be used only as elective credits.

    ALGEBRA SUPPORT 3,4

    Course Code: QMA022, QMA023
    This course is designed to support students in being successful in Algebra 3,4. Concepts taught in Algebra 3,4 are pre-taught and reviewed in Algebra Support. This course can be taken only with instructor permission and concurrently with Algebra 3,4. Algebra Support credits may be used only as elective credits.

    GEOMETRY SUPPORT 1,2

    Course Code: QMA007, QMA017
    This course is designed to support students in being successful in Geometry 1,2. Concepts taught in Geometry 1,2 are pre-taught and reviewed in Geometry Support. This course can be taken only with instructor permission and concurrently with Geometry 1,2. Geometry Support credits may be used only as elective credits.