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.
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.