MATHEMATICS

The West Hartford Public High Schools' Mathematics Program embraces a standards-based approach that reflects a balance between the development of conceptual understandings and procedural skills. Our program is grounded within four key areas: high expectations for all learners, promotion of inquiry and conjecture, reasoning and sense making, and habits of mind. The program facilitates inquiry and exploration of real world phenomena utilizing technology. Instruction for all students includes a common core of topics aligned with the Connecticut's Core Standards for Mathematics. The courses focus on exploring mathematical content through multiple representations including algebraic, numerical, graphical, and tabular.

A Level 3 (L3) sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II will result in college and career readiness. Additional courses are recommended for students considering college majors in mathematics, engineering, other science related fields or business. Level 1 (L1) and Level 2 (L2) courses provide students with content and/or rigor beyond what is expected in a college preparatory course which will benefit students who are considering mathematics or science related careers. Level 1 (L1) courses will benefit students who demonstrate exceptional understanding and skill in mathematics.

Experience has shown that a final mark of C or above is needed to assure success in the subsequent mathematics course.  Any student not meeting this benchmark should plan to repeat the course, preferably in summer school. Students must earn a full credit in  prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in subsequent courses. Department permission is required to change courses during the school year.

Mathematics programs are individualized and designed to guide students through the sequence of courses which best suits their personal needs. The course progressions listed below reflect only a typical sequence.

Grade 9 
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12

Full Year 
Courses: 

  • Algebra I (L2, L3)
  • Geometry (L2)
  • Honors Geometry (L1)

Full Year Courses: 

  • Geometry (L2, L3)
  • Algebra II (L2)
  • Honors Algebra II (L1)

Full Year Courses: 

  • Algebra II (L2, L3)
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Honors Pre-Calculus

Full Year Courses: 

  • Pre-Calculus
  • Advanced Placement Statistics (ECE)
  • Advanced Placement Calculus AB
  • Advanced Placement Calculus BC (ECE)

Semester Elective Courses:

  • Exploring Computer Science
  • Cryptography and  Cybersecurity 

Full Year Intervention Course:

  • Pre-Algebra (Requires DS approval)

 

Full Year Elective Courses:

  • Advanced Placement Computer Science A 
  • Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles

Semester Elective Courses

  • Discrete Mathematics (ECE)
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Cryptography and Cybersecurity
  • Exploring Computer Science

**Students are required to complete 3.0 Math credits for graduation.