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SLz Math

SLz Math teachers are dedicated to the success of each and every student. THAT MEANS YOU! They have a nationwide reputation for innovation and results. Here’s why:

SLz students get to Calculus in huge numbers!

Every year, about 25% of seniors take Calculus.  This gives our graduates the confidence and experience with college-level math that helps them for years to come.

SLz students are on the fast track to college!

In California, tens of thousands of high school students find themselves repeating math classes, struggling to get the basics.  Not so at SLz!  We know our students.  We know our math.  We’ll help you get it right the first time.

SLz students can choose from a variety of math electives

Find an area that interests you.  Push your math understanding further.  In addition to college-prep classes, students can take:

  • Geometry Art – explores the math of computer graphics and design
  • Advanced Topics – prepares students who are interested in careers in engineering, mathematics, the sciences, and other technical fields
  • Accounting – for students interested in careers in business

Mathematics

Students are required to pass 30 credits of math for high school graduation. At least one of the math classes must be Math 1/Algebra 1. For entrance to the University of California and California State University systems, students are required to complete three years of math, including Math Modeling and/or Math 3 (both are equivalent to Algebra 2 and/or higher).  Four years of Math are highly recommended to make a student’s college application more competitive, particularly for students interested in studying math, business, science, medicine, or engineering.

 

Please note, San Lorenzo Unified has transitioned to an integrated model beginning 2017-18. Students who took math courses prior to this will have the traditional pathway listed on their official transcript (Alg 1, Geometry, and Alg 2/Trig). For further question, please see your counselor.


 

Math I                                                                Year, 10 Credits

Grade 9-12

This course covers strands from algebra, geometry, and statistics to emphasize the interconnected nature of mathematics. Specific topics include a deeper understanding of algebraic manipulation, functions (linear, quadratic, and exponential), applying linear models to data, using transformational geometry to establish criteria for congruence, coordinate geometry, and an introduction to matrices and vectors. In addition, students will be expected to show proficiency in the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice, such as modeling with mathematics, attending to precision, and persevering in problem solving. This is the first year in the Math 1, Math 2, Math 3 sequence. This sequence prepares students for higher level math courses such as AP Calculus AB and AP Statistics. Prerequisite: None.  UC/CSU (c)

 

Math II                                                              Year, 10 Credits

Grade 10-12 or teacher recommendation

The focus of the Math 2 course is on quadratic expressions, equations, and functions; comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Math 1. This course includes standards from the conceptual categories of Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.  Prerequisite: “C” or better in Math 1.  UC/CSU (c)

 

Geometric Construction                                Year, 10 Credits

Grade 11-12 or teacher recommendation

This course integrates geometry, art, and technology. Students begin with paper and pencil geometric constructions and extend these concepts on computers using “Geometer's Sketchpad” software to create graphics. This is a course for any interested students including college-bound students who are interested in deeper exploration of geometry; students who struggled in algebra and would like a more experiential approach to geometry before continuing the college-prep math sequence; and students who need additional math credits for graduation. Prerequisite: Completion of Math 1. UC/CSU (g)

 

Math III                                                             Year, 10 Credits

Grade 11-12 or teacher recommendation

This course covers strands from algebra, geometry, and statistics. Specific topics include deeper work with functions and inverses (including logarithmic, polynomial, trigonometric, and rational functions), modeling with geometry and functions, normal distributions, and sampling. In addition, students will be expected to show proficiency in the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice such as constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others, attending to precision, and reasoning abstractly. This is the third year in the Math 1 and Math 2 sequence. A graphing calculator is required. This sequence prepares students for higher level math courses such as AP Calculus AB and AP Statistics. Prerequisite: “C” or better in Geometry/Math 2. UC/CSU (c)

 

Mathematical Modeling                                 Year, 10 Credits

Grade 11-12 or teacher recommendation

This course is a general survey of mathematical topics that are useful in our contemporary world. The primary purpose of this course is to show students how mathematics can be applied to their lives in interesting, enjoyable, and meaningful ways. There are four major goals of this course: 1. To help students acquire knowledge of fundamental mathematics 2. To show students how mathematics can model/solve authentic problems that apply to their lives 3. To enable students to model, understand, and reason with quantitative issues and mathematical ideas they are likely to encounter in college, career, and life 4. To enable students to develop problem-solving skills, while fostering critical thinking, within an interesting setting.  Prerequisite: “C” or better in Geometry/Math 2. UC/CSU (c)

 

AP Calculus AB                                                 Year, 10 Credits

Grade 11-12, or teacher recommendation

This course provides students with the equivalent of one semester of regular college level calculus following the current AP syllabus and the opportunity to take the AP exam for formal college credit (granted by most, but not all, colleges and universities for a score of 3, 4, or 5). It is considered an Honors course by the UC/CSU system. A graphing calculator is required. Summer work will also be required. Prerequisite: “C” or better in Math 3 or Pre-Calculus. UC/CSU (c)

 

 

AP Statistics                                                      Year, 10 Credits

Grade 11-12, or teacher recommendation

The AP Statistics course is equivalent to a one-semester, introductory, non-calculus-based college course in statistics. The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. There are four themes in the AP Statistics course: exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Students use technology, investigations, problem solving, and writing as they build conceptual understanding. A graphing calculator is required. Prerequisite: “C” or better in Math 3 and/or Math Modeling. UC/CSU (c)

 

Quantitative Literacy                                     Year, 10 Credits

Grade 12

This class focuses on the needs of students who are nearing graduation, want to strengthen their math skills, but are not necessarily college bound. It offers opportunity to learn real world applicable mathematics while completing graduation requirements. Quantitative Literacy will prepare students to enter the workforce or to attend college with an understanding of the mathematics in the real world.  The course will help students develop quantitative literacy as a habit of mind and an approach to problems that employs and enhances both statistics and mathematics. The main goal of the course is for students to see that mathematics is a powerful tool for living.  Prerequisite: 20 Math credits including Math 1/Algebra 1.