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 phenomenon 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. You should plan to repeat the course if you earned a D, preferably in summer school. If you do not have a full credit in a prerequisite you may not enroll in the next course. Department permission is required to change courses during the school year. Graphing calculators are used extensively in most courses and required for Advanced Placement exams.
Math programs are individualized and designed to guide students through the sequence of courses which best suits them. The course progressions listed below reflect only a typical sequence.
Grade 9 | Grade 10 | Grade 11 | Grade 12 |
Full Year Courses: | Full Year Courses: | Full Year Courses: Algebra II (L2, L3) Honors Pre-Calculus Pre-Calculus | Full Year Courses: Pre-Calculus Advanced Placement Calculus BC (ECE) |
Full Year Elective Course: Exploring Computer Science Full Year Intervention Course: Pre-Algebra (Requires approval) | Full Year Elective Courses: Advanced Placement Computer Science A Exploring Computer Science
Semester Elective Courses Discrete Math (ECE) |
**Students are required to complete 3.0 Math credits for graduation, and can do so by successfully completing any combination of the courses listed above.
- Algebra I (L3), Algebra I (L2)
- Geometry (L3), Geometry (L2), Honors Geometry (L1)
- Algebra II (L3), Algebra II (L2), Honors Algebra II (L1)
- Honors Pre-Calculus
- Pre-Calculus
- Discrete Mathematics
- Probability and Statistics
- Trigonometry
- Exploring Computer Science
- Advanced Placement Computer Science A
- Advanced Placement Statistics
- Advanced Placement Calculus AB
- Advanced Placement Calculus BC
- Pre-Algebra
- Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles