Mathematics Courses


During the 2018-19 school year Elmwood Park High School will offer the following mathematics courses.

Click any course title below to see the corresponding description. Each course description includes information about credit, grade level and prerequisites.
 

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

The content of Algebra 1 is organized around families of functions, with special emphasis on linear, exponential and quadratic functions. Students will learn to represent functions through verbal descriptions, equations, tables and graphs. There will be opportunities to participate in the exploration of mathematical concepts, cooperative learning activities and small group discussion.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

9, 10, 11, 12

None

Algebra IA covers the first half of the content of our Algebra I course. Algebra IB covers the second half of our Algebra I course.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Algebra I or CPM I

The content of Geometry includes geometric forms, shapes, patterns and relationships. Algebraic methods are used as they apply to geometric situations. The use of logical reasoning is stressed, which helps the students in real-life situations. There will be opportunities to participate in the exploration of mathematical concepts, cooperative learning activities and small group discussion.

This course is offered using a co-taught model as well for students needing extra support.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Geometry or CPM II

The content of this course gives students a strong background in mathematical reasoning and problem solving that will be important in the future. The course emphasizes using functions, equations and graphs to model problem situations. There will be opportunities to participate in the exploration of mathematical concepts, cooperative learning activities and small group discussion.

This course is offered using a co-taught model as well for students needing extra support.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

11, 12

Algebra II or CPM III

This is a college preparatory course designed to complete the student’s study of high school algebra and move into topics covered in a trigonometry and an introductory calculus course. This class is intended for those students entering college or taking an Advanced Placement math course. There will be opportunities to participate in the exploration of mathematical concepts, cooperative learning activities and small group discussion.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

12

Teacher recommendation

This class is a senior math course in which students will utilize mathematics as a tool to model the world around them. Topics include the applications of linear algebra, budgeting, probability, quadratics, and statistics. An online homework platform will be used, and assessments will be both traditional and project or portfolio based. An emphasis will be placed on preparing for college entrance exams as well.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9

Teacher recommendation

The first course in the Core-Plus series covers topics regarding patterns in data, patterns of change, linear models, graph models, patterns in space and visualization, exponential models and simulation models.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

9, 10

Teacher recommendation

The second course in the Core-Plus series covers topics regarding matrix models, patterns of location, shape, and size, patterns of association, power models, network optimization, geometric form and its function, and patterns in chance.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11

Teacher recommendation

The third course in the Core-Plus series covers topics regarding multiple-variable models, modeling public opinion, symbol sense and algebraic reasoning, shapes and geometric reasoning (including proof), patterns in variation, families of functions and discrete models of change.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two quarters)

10, 11, 12

Teacher recommendation

The fourth course in the Core-Plus series contains mathematical content that allows considerable flexibility in tailoring a course to best prepare students for various undergraduate programs. CPM IV is designed for students intending to pursue programs in the mathematical and physical sciences or engineering. The topics include rates of change, modeling motion, logarithmic functions and data models, polynomial and rational functions, functions and symbolic reasoning, and space geometry. Depending on time available, additional topics of study will be selected based on student performance and interests.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11, 12

CPM IV or Pre-Calculus

This course will meet all the College Board topic requirements for an AB Advanced Placement Calculus class. The equivalent of one semester of college calculus, the course begins with functions and graphs and proceeds through limits, continuity, derivatives and their applications, integrals and their applications, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The use of the graphing calculator and computers as tools to assist in sound problem-solving techniques will be emphasized. The course will create the ideal environment for the integration of mathematics, science and technology. As a result of successfully completing the course, together with their performance on the AP exam, students may receive college credit and/or advanced placement in calculus at several colleges and universities. All students enrolled in AP Calculus AB are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

2.0 (four quarters)

11, 12

CPM IV or Pre-Calculus

This course will meet all the College Board topic requirements for an Advanced Placement Statistics class. It is the equivalent of one semester of college statistics. The course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data. Four broad conceptual themes covered are exploring data, planning a study, probability models and statistical inference. As a result of successful completion of this course and performance on the AP exam, students may be able to receive college credit and/or advanced placement in statistics at numerous colleges and universities. All students enrolled in AP Statistics are required to take the Advanced Placement exam in May.