College-Preparatory Math in a small-class setting
for Middle & High School Students
All High School Math offerings are full-year courses. Students meet on the block schedule (A or B days) for eighty minutes each day. Tuition includes all teacher fees; books and a per/family school fee are separate costs of the program.
Students who have come into North Fork School Algebra I classes from other schools have typically been lacking in skills involving fractions, ratios, word problems, and basic problem-solving, as well as not fully understanding basic geometry terms (perimeter, circumference, diameter), and statistics. Algebra Foundations will strengthen math skills in all areas, for a stronger grasp of Algebra when the time comes.
Algebra I prepares students for further study in mathematics, and reinforces logical thinking. The course covers the mathematics properties, adding and subtracting integers and rational numbers, multiplying and dividing integers and rational numbers, inequalities, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, functions and graphs, square roots, quadratics, and lines and slopes. Special emphasis is placed on application (word) problems and linear equations. Students should expect daily homework assignments and frequent evaluations of performance.
Geometry includes an in-depth analysis of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry as they relate to abstract mathematical concepts as well as to real-world problem situations. Topics include logic and proof, parallel lines and polygons, perimeter and area analysis, volume and surface area analysis, similarity and congruence, trigonometry, and analytic geometry. Emphasis on developing critical thinking skills as they relate to logical reasoning and argument. A strong mathematical background in Algebra I is required.
Algebra II develops proficiency with math skills, expands upon concepts presented in Algebra I, and improves logical thinking. Topics include: equations and inequalities (symbols and terminology), linear relations and functions (graphing on the coordinate plane), systems of equations, polynomials (factoring), quadratic equations and graphs, exponentials, logarithms, matrices, and trigonometry. Focus is on applying Algebra II to solve real world problems. (A scientific calculator is required for Algebra II.)
Pre-Calculus continues math preparation for college-bound students. Topics covered include linear functions, theory of equations, matrices and vectors, trigonometric functions, sequences and series, polar coordinates and complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, limits, derivatives, conics, and probability. Focus is on applying Pre-Calculus to solve real world problems. Use of graphing calculators is emphasized to solve certain problems. (A Texas Instruments 83 or 84 graphing calculator is required for PreCalculus.)
AP Calculus is a rigorous mathematical preparation for the College Board Calculus AB Exam and is considered equivalent to entry Calculus at the college level. Topics covered include: review of graphs of equations and functions; limits, trigonometry, and their properties; rules and applications of differentiation, integration, logarithmic, exponential and other transcendental functions. Focus is on applying Calculus to solve real world problems. (A Texas Instruments 83 or 84 graphing calculator is required for AP Calculus.)
AP Statistics is a rigorous mathematical preparation for the College Board AP Statistics Exam and is considered equivalent to entry-level statistics and statistics within Social Science classes (Psychology 101; Sociology 101) at the college level. This course introduces students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing and drawing conclusions from data, including four broad conceptual themes:
Exploring Data: describing patterns and departures from patterns;
Sampling and Experimentation: planning and conducting a study;
Anticipating Patterns: exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation;
Statistical Inference: estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses.