## Student Spotlight

###### The Metropolitan Soundview High School

## aDVANCED Placement

## calculus

AP Calculus focuses on topics of differential and integral calculus. The course teaches students to approach calculus concepts and problems when they are represented graphically, numerically, analytically and verbally. In addition, students are taught to make connections amongst the different representations. Students learn how to use technology to help solve problems, experiment, interpret results and support conclusions. Students are expected to take the AP Calculus exam with the goal of achieving a score that will grant them college credits.

(Prerequisite Courses/Exams: Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II)

## LINCT

The DOE, in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY), is offering Lessons in Navigating College Transition (LINCT) for All, which aims to ensure students are college-ready and prepared for the CUNY assessment test. LINCT is a year-long intervention course for high school seniors who are on track to graduate, but who have not yet met college-readiness benchmarks in math. The curriculum focuses on essential topics in proportional reasoning, algebra, and statistics with optional additional units in advanced algebra and trigonometry. With the expectation that students have studied proportional reasoning and algebra previously, the curriculum provides reformed approaches and non-routine problem solving to re-engage students in seeking deeper conceptual understandings. The curriculum was developed in alignment with Common Core Standards and Practices and focusing on content typically assessed on college placement exams. It also includes applications in anticipation of a wide range of post-secondary careers and everyday life recognizing the learning history of students who have struggled.

## mATHEMATICS pROBLEM sOLVING

This is a Blended Learning course which offers a combination of classroom-based and digital and/or internet-connected media as a supplement to Common Core Algebra 1 for students in the two year track. This course gives students the opportunity for additional practice time and lesson clarification with the teacher to solidify new material learned throughout this extensive curriculum. Students will have access to an online Adaptive Learning Curriculum that provides automatic feedback to problems and provides each student with problems based on their personal practice needs.

## Geometry Common Core

This is a one year course preparing students for the New York State Common Core Geometry Regents Exam. The course will build upon and extend students’ geometric experiences from the middle grades. This course will concentrate on seven areas of mathematics based on the NY State Common Core Mathematics Standards for high school Geometry. The seven areas are: congruence, similarity, right triangles and trigonometry, modeling with geometry, geometric measurement/dimension and solids, expressing geometric properties with equations, and circles.

## Algebra I

This is a one or two year course preparing students for the Common Core Algebra 1 Regents exam. Students will investigate real-life contexts to be able to develop a rich understanding of important mathematics fundamentals and enable students to relate these problem solving skills to new situations and problems. The topics include quantities and reasoning with equations and their graphs, descriptive statistics, linear and exponential functions, polynomial and quadratic expressions, equations and functions, and a synthesis of modeling with equations and functions. A local final and the Common Core Algebra Regents will be given at the end of the year. Students must pass the Common Core Algebra Regents exam to earn a NYS Regents diploma.

## Algebra II

Algebra II is a one-year course focused on rigorous study of higher level mathematics. In this course, students extend what they already learned in introductory-level mathematics courses. In addition to mastering algebraic topics such as rational equations, radical and polynomial functions, students study topics in trigonometry, probability and statistics. This course culminates in a NYS Common Core Regents exam. Successful completion of the course and regents examination allows students to move on an Advanced Placement Calculus course. Algebra II is a required course to earn a NYS Advanced Regents Diploma and to meet the College Readiness benchmark.

(Prerequisite courses: Algebra I and Geometry)