Mathematics in the Lower School is designed to capitalize upon and enhance the problem-solving instincts of the students. Students are encouraged to use their informal “number sense” as well as their formal understanding of numbers as they collaborate to discover and explore number patterns and relationships and develop higher-level mathematical ideas. Students confront problems designed to highlight the pervasiveness and interrelatedness of mathematical ideas in the world around them. Mathematical concepts are introduced and increase in difficulty as students become developmentally ready, preparing them for a rigorous Middle School program.
In Middle School, students review and extend their understanding of skills and concepts in arithmetic, geometry, number theory, and probability and statistics begun in Lower School in order to apply their skills and conceptual understanding to the study of algebra. The Middle School Mathematics curriculum is designed to build a solid foundation in algebraic thinking and problem solving to enable students to be successful in studying advanced topics in mathematics.
After the building a solid foundation in algebra, all students study Geometry followed by Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. Goals for students throughout the sequence include mastery of fundamental operations along with development of calculator and problem solving skills and an appreciation for the structure and applications of mathematics. Students are required to have a TI-84 Plus graphing calculator beginning in Algebra 1. In addition, students will use computer and web-based technology to explore concepts.
The Mathematics Department recognizes the importance of having students work with data throughout the curriculum. In many courses, including Algebra 2 & Trigonometry and Precalculus, students are given the opportunity to learn about the modeling of functions by using data taken from real world situations. The girls will learn how to apply “continuous mathematics” to data taken from disciplines including science, politics, and current events.
Although any student’s greatest resource is herself, she will learn that even more can be accomplished through working with her classmates and teachers. Individual conversations and one-to-one help sessions between a student and her mathematics teacher are an integral part of the Holton experience.
Math 3, Grade level 3
Math 4, Grade level 4
Math 5, Grade level 5
Math 6, Grade level 6
Pre-Algebra Fundamentals, Grade level: 7
Pre-Algebra / Pre-Algebra Accelerated, Grade level: 7
Intro to Algebra, Grade level: 8 (required if not taking Algebra 1)
Algebra 1 / Algebra 1 Honors, Grade level: 7 or 8 Prerequisite: Permission of department, Credit: 3
Geometry 8 Honors, Grade level: 8, Prerequisite: Algebra 1; permission of Department, Credit: 3
- 9 credits are required for graduation: one of which is Algebra 2 & Trigonometry.
Algebra 1, Grade level: 9, Credit: 3
Geometry, Grade level: 9, 10 (required), Credit: 3
Geometry Honors, Grade level: 9, Credit: 3
Algebra 2 & Trigonometry, Grade level: 10, 11 (required), Credit: 3
Algebra 2 and Trigonometry with Data Analysis, Grade level: 9, 10, 11, Credit: 3
Algebra 2 and Trigonometry with Data Analysis Honors Grade level: 9, 10, 11, Credit: 3
Functions of Precalculus, Grade level: 11, 12, Credit: 3
Precalculus, Grade level: 10, 11, 12, Credit: 3
Precalculus Honors, Grade level: 10, 11, Credit: 3
Introduction to Calculus, Grade level: 12, Credit: 3
Statistics, Grade level: 11, 12, Credit: 3
Calculus I, Grade level: 11, 12, Credit: 3,
Calculus I & II, Grade level: 11, 12, Credit: 3
Multivariable Calculus, Grade level: 11,12 , Credit: 3
Electives (1 trimester)
History of Mathematics, Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12, Credit: 1
The Mathematics of Social Choices, Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12, Credit: 1
The Mathematics of Everyday Life, Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12, Credit: 1
Model Thinking, Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12, Credit: 1
Mathematical Modelling, Grade Level: 10, 11, 12, Credit: 1
Architectural Design with SketchUp, , Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12, Credit: 1
Geometry in Nature, Art and Architecture, Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12, Credit: 1