HS Math

Our math department believes that all students can and should participate in higher order, complex math courses and our program is designed to help students reach that standard.

Course Offerings

Though most high schools in Massachusetts only require three years of math, Innovation Academy requires four years. Students enrolled in Accelerated Geometry in 9th grade will be well prepared for Calculus as seniors. Students who need additional skill development in 9th and 10th grade will still be expected to take Pre-Calculus with a focus on Trigonometry during their Senior year.

Real World Problem Solving

In addition to teaching the necessary skills, our math department develops unique projects which ask students to apply their thinking to solve real-world problems.

Examples of projects include:

  • How long would you need to own a hybrid car before you made you money back?
  • How does logic in mathematical proofs be applied to the analysis of advertising and political campaigns?
  • Can statistical measures accurately describe a “typical” IACS student?

Some IACS graduates will continue studying mathematics in college and will be well prepared to do so. All IACS graduates will leave with sound mathematical literacy that they will own the rest of their lives.

Strands

Math work is assessed using the four strands below

  • Accuracy

    Mathematics is a language that allows people to give exact answers. When calculations are not made correctly, computers don’t operate, bridges collapse, and checks bounce. Students are assessed in this strand primarily through their performance on quizzes and tests.

  • Logic

     Just like accuracy, how one arrives at that answer is also important. When reviewing student work, teachers look to see how problems are set up before they are solved. As math concepts become increasingly complex, making sure the logic is clearly communicated takes on greater significance.

  • Application

    Students participate in several unit projects over the course of a semester where they apply their knowledge to problem solving situations. Most projects also involve creating a report or making a presentation. These projects are graded on a variety of content and presentation standards.

  • Work Habits

    The Work Habits strand reflects the effort students have put into completing homework, studying regularly, and working in class. Work habits also reflect the level of students’ participation in class, their willingness to take academic risks, and ability to incorporate revisions into their work. Students with strong work habits grades are putting consistent, effective effort into their schoolwork.

Math Faculty

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