Department Chair: Kevin Kleinsasser

Department Purpose: Develop within our students skills that prepare them to function successfully in God’s universe, by reinforcing the skills of logical reasoning and problem solving.


*Note: Incoming freshman wishing to enroll in a higher level math class than Honors Algebra I are required to have a grade equivalent score of 10.5 or above on the math section of the 8th grade entrance exam. If a student wishes to enroll in a higher level math class than Honors Algebra I who does not have a 10.5 grade equivalent, he/she will be required to take and earn a passing score on the Skutt Catholic Math Placement Exam which will be given in May.


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Pre-Algebra

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: 8th Grade Math

Course Description:

This course teaches the student applied arithmetic, basic algebra, and geometry topics in preparation for Algebra I. The goal of this course is to increase mastery and build the confidence of the student. This course is not accepted by colleges as a math requirement for admission.

Algebra I

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: 8th Grade Math or Pre-Algebra

Course Description:

This course teaches the basic principles of algebra, with an emphasis on development of problem solving skills and an understanding of the logic behind the rules and properties used in algebra. Topics covered include rules for positive and negative numbers, solving equations, factoring polynomials, fractions, functions, and their graphs. This course includes a series of skills tests over material covered in previous math courses. These skills tests are designed to increase the student’s retention of material from previous math classes and assist in the preparation for future standardized tests.

Honors Algebra I

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Recommendation of 8th Grade Math Teacher

Course Description:

This course is an in-depth study of the rules and properties of algebra, with an emphasis on development of problem solving skills. Topics covered include factoring polynomials, fractions, functions and their graphs, systems of equations, inequalities, radicals, and quadratic functions. This course includes a series of skills tests over material covered in previous math courses. These skills tests are designed to increase the student’s retention of material from previous math classes and assist in the preparation for future standardized tests.

Geometry*

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Algebra I

Course Description:

This course will study points, lines, planes, and their relationship in space. Other topics include the development of logical reasoning through the writing of proofs. The course will also cover similar triangles, circles, right triangles, area and volume, and their application to the real world. This course includes a series of skills tests over material covered in previous math courses. These skills tests are designed to increase the student’s retention of material from previous math classes and assist in the preparation for future standardized tests.

Honors Geometry*

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Honors Algebra I and/or instructor recommendation

Course Description:

This course will study points, lines, planes, and their relationship in space through the exploration of parallel and perpendicular lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, and polygons. The development of logical reasoning is done through the study of proofs. The second semester is an in-depth study of similar triangles, circles, area and volume, coordinate geometry, and their application to the real world. This course includes a series of skills tests over material covered in previous math courses. These skills tests are designed to increase the student’s retention of material from previous math classes and assist in the preparation for future standardized tests.

Algebra II*

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Geometry

Course Description:

This course expands the students’ knowledge of algebra and develops further applications of previous courses while preparing them for Pre-calculus, Statistics, and Trigonometry. Points of emphasis include solving a variety of equations, functions, graphing, transformations, conic sections, and statistics. This course includes a series of skills tests over material covered in previous math courses. These skills tests are designed to increase the student’s retention of material from previous math classes and assist in the preparation for future standardized tests.

Honors Algebra II*

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Honors Geometry and/or instructor recommendation

Course Description:

This course is an in-depth study of the material covered in Algebra II at an accelerated pace. Points of emphasis include solving a variety of equations, functions, graphing, transformations, conic sections, and statistics. This course includes a series of skills tests over material covered in previous math courses. These skills tests are designed to increase the student’s retention of material from previous math classes and assist in the preparation for future standardized tests.

Trigonometry

Course Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Algebra II (Students who have taken Honors Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry are not eligible for this class)

Course Description:

This semester course introduces the student to the six basic circular and trigonometric functions. Points of emphasis include the properties of the functions, graphing, and transformation of the graphs, solving triangles, and other applications of trigonometric functions. This course includes a series of skills tests over material covered in previous math courses. These skills tests are designed to increase the student’s retention of material from previous math classes and assist in the preparation for future standardized tests.

Beginning Statistics

Course Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Algebra II (Students who have taken Contemporary Business Statistics are not eligible for this class)

Course Description:

Statistics is the study of collecting, organizing, interpreting, and making inferences about a population based on samples selected from the population. This class contains three major topics: organizing and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, probability, and distributions of discrete and continuous random variables. Graphing calculators are used to explore various techniques used in statistics. Each student is required to have his/her own graphing calculator. This course includes a series of skills tests over material covered in previous math courses. These skills tests are designed to increase the student’s retention of material from previous math classes and assist in the preparation for future standardized tests.

Algebra III

Course Credit: 2
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation (Students who have taken Honors Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry are not eligible for this class)

Course Description:

This course is for students who want to improve their mathematical skills by studying conic sections, sequences, series, probability, statistics, and further exploration of polynomials, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. This course includes a series of skills tests over material covered in previous math courses. These skills tests are designed to increase the student’s retention of material from previous math classes and assist in the preparation for future standardized tests.

Contemporary Business Statistics

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Algebra II or Honors Algebra II and proficiency in Microsoft Excel (Students who have taken Beginning Statistics are not eligible for this class)

Course Description:

This course focuses on business applications of statistics including collecting, organizing, interpreting, and making inferences about a population based on selected samples. Students will be exposed to discrete and continuous probability distributions, sampling distributions, and hypothesis testing. Students enrolling in this class should be proficient in Microsoft Excel, as this will be used extensively for statistical problems and projects. This class can be taken for college credit through the UNO Dual Enrollment Program.

Honors Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry*

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Honors Algebra II and/or recommendation of instructor (Students who have taken Trigonometry are not eligible for this class)

Course Description:

This course provides a solid foundation for the student planning to study calculus. It provides an in-depth study of all types of functions, including polynomial, rational, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric. The use of graphing calculators is also a part of this course. Each student is required to have his/her own graphing calculator. The majority of topics from trigonometry are covered during the second semester. This course includes a series of skills tests over material covered in previous math courses. These skills tests are designed to increase the student’s retention of material from previous math classes and assist in the preparation for future standardized tests.

Advanced Placement Calculus AB

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: Grade of B or higher in Honors Pre-Calculus and/or permission of instructor

Course Description:

This course serves as an introductory course to the study of calculus. Topics include limits and their properties, derivatives and their applications, and integrals and their applications. Graphing calculators are used to explore various numerical techniques used in calculus. Each student is required to have his/her own graphing calculator. This class can be taken for college credit through the UNO Dual Enrollment Program.

Advanced Placement Calculus BC

Course Credit: 2(W)
Prerequisite: AP Calculus AB and/or recommendation of instructor

Course Description:

This course builds on the students’ knowledge of calculus. Topics include techniques of integration, infinite series, polar functions, and vectors. Graphing calculators are used to explore various numerical techniques used in calculus. Each student is required to have his/her own graphing calculator. This class can be taken for college credit through the UNO Dual Enrollment Program.