ECA believes that the development of critical thinking and logical reasoning skills is a key ingredient for the successful adult and that these should be developed through mathematics education. A major goal of the math program is therefore to teach students how to use mathematical concepts and apply them to broader applications. We believe that the fostering of confidence and an enjoyment of mathematics is crucial to successful mathematics learning. Students learn in a variety of ways and at different rates, and we believe that this is supported by differentiated instruction and careful course selections. We have an integrated, spiraling curriculum in which all students can learn basic content and be challenged to gain a deep understanding through enrichment activities. With the use of technology and real world problem solving, we empower our students to meet the challenges of the future.
All mathematics courses in the high school require a graphical display calculator. It is important that students have their own calculators because learning how to use all of their features is a lengthy and complex process. Students need time to practice using the calculators. We recommend that the students purchase a Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus but ECA can support the TI-Nspire (non CAS) model. Students will be instructed in the operation of this technology.
Math Course of Study
The flow chart shows various possibilities for completing the math requirements. Teachers and counselors will do their best to create a plan of study based on the student’s individual needs. All course placements are subject to teacher recommendation and department approval.