TVT mathematics department aims to instill habits of mathematical thinking that will prepare students for further inquiry in math and to attain the computational skills needed for everyday life. Students are taught to approach mathematics from multiple perspectives, including numerical, graphical, and symbolic. In addition to simply satisfying the metrics of each course, the teachers focus on student discovery through individual explorations. Students are encouraged to form learning groups that offer a natural context for practicing mathematical communication. Our students are not just highly skilled, but also demonstrate enthusiasm and clear understanding.

The goal of TVT Mathematics is for all students to study mathematics successfully at a pace and depth appropriate to their individual needs. The program is flexible in that it provides the challenge and interest necessary for those who want a sound mathematical background on which to base further study while satisfying the needs of students for whom mathematics is not their primary orientation. To this end, TVT Mathematics offers different tracks of courses to its students.

The chart below shows the anticipated sequencing of mathematics at the high school level. Some students may follow slightly different paths. For those that do, the student and the department chair meet to create an individualized plan of study which may include courses taken at both TVT and area colleges.

College Preparatory Track 1 | College Preparatory Track 2 | College Preparatory Track 3 | Honors Track | |
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Grade 9 | Algebra 1 | Geometry | Geometry | Geometry Honors |

Grade 10 | Geometry | Algebra 2 | Algebra 2 Trig |
Algebra 2 Trig Honors |

Grade 11 | Algebra 2 | FST* or Financial Math* |
Pre-calculus | Pre-calculus Honors |

Grade 12 | FST* or Financial Math* |
Pre-calculus | Calculus, AP Calculus AB, or AP Statistics |
AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, or AP Statistics |

*Offered every other year

Because success in mathematics depends on students sequentially mastering material, TVT Mathematics takes course placement very seriously. Placements are decided in concert with the department using the prerequisites for each course and teacher recommendation.

Placements for students are completed during the Semester 2 preceding each academic year. All placements are provisional and require that students maintain their level of work through the end of the school year.

Courses at the level of Algebra 2 and above require **graphing calculator**. Students may purchase any device that is approved for use by the College Board (generally these devices are standalone calculation devices that do not have QWERTY keyboards). The department recommends the Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus.

*This course is approved by the University of California.

**Course Availability: It is important to note that a course may not be offered in a given year due to low course enrollment.**

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