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Math Department

Math Department

St. Paul High School Math Department

The mathematics department supports and implements the philosophy of St. Paul High School as well as the curriculum standards established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

The mathematics instruction at St. Paul is designed to develop strength in mathematics and to develop skills in both reasoning and problem solving, enabling students to approach questions in other academic areas as well as in life situations logically, rationally and analytically.  The curriculum thrust is classical and traditional and at the same time progressive.  The instruction is sensitive to the unique needs of the students.  Within our Catholic environment, the mathematics instruction cultivates an appreciation of the order of the universe and promotes the Catholic/Christian values of respect and cooperation.

Mathematics Department Goals

At St. Paul, our aim is to empower students mathematically so that they have the ability to explore, conjecture and reason logically as well as have the ability to use a variety of mathematical methods effectively to solve non-routine problems.

All students should:

            1.         Learn to value mathematics.  Students should have opportunities to understand that mathematics demonstrates the divine order of the universe, which God created.  They should also have numerous and varied experiences related to the cultural, historical and scientific evolution of mathematics.  This will help them to appreciate the role of mathematics in the development of our contemporary society and explore relationships among mathematics and the disciplines it serves: the physical and life sciences, the social sciences and the humanities.

            2.         Become confident in their numerical reasoning skills.  As a result of studying mathematics, students need to view themselves as capable of using their growing mathematical power to make sense of new problems and situations in the world around them.  Students must understand that doing mathematics is a common and necessary activity.

            3.         Become mathematical problem solvers.  The development of each student’s ability to solve problems is essential if he or she is to be a productive citizen.  Although some work may be accomplished independently, other work could involve small groups or an entire class working cooperatively.

            4.         Learn to communicate mathematically.  The development of a student’s power to use mathematics involves learning the vocabulary of mathematics.  This is best accomplished in problem situations in which students have an opportunity to read, write and discuss ideas in which the use of the language of mathematics becomes natural.  As students communicate their ideas, they learn to clarify, refine and consolidate their thinking.

The Courses

While most incoming Freshmen enroll in Algebra I, it is possible, for our higher-achieving students, to be placed into Geometry.  Subsequent courses include Algebra II, Functions, Statistics & Trigonometry (FST), Pre-Calculus and AP Calculus.  Honors level courses are offered in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Pre-Calculus.  We also offer Career Math and Algebra IAB which is a two year Algebra I course.  With the exceptions of Algebra 1A/B and Career Math, all courses are UC approved.




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Our school uses an online math instructional program called Catchup Math. The company permits local community members seeking to improve in math to use our school account for free, with no extra charge to the school under their "Math-for-All" program. Catchup Math is ideal for parents (to better help their children), workers (to increase their value to employers) and drop-outs (to re-engage and prepare to return to school).

Catchup Math assesses the level of math proficiency and then provides engaging lessons and practice to move users forward at their own pace, as far as they want to go, up through Geometry and Algebra 2. Learn more about Catchup Math at CATCHUPMATH.COM.

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Book List

Career Math     
                         Consumer Mathematics  ISBN 9780785429432

                         Consumer Mathematics Student Workbook  ISBN 9780785429456

Algebra 1, 1AB, 1H  Algebra 1

                        California Edition  ISBN 0132031213

Algebra 1H             
                        Algebra 1 Workbook California Edition  ISBN 0133501159

Geometry & Geo H  

                       Geometry California Edition  ISBN 0132031221

Algebra 2, 2H           

                        Algebra 2 California Edition  ISBN 0132031248

Algebra 2H               
                       Algebra 2 Workbook California Edition  ISBN 0144501183

                       Functions, Statistics & Trigonometry  ISBN 76176908

Pre-Calculus & H 
                      Pre-Calculus 7th Edition  ISBN 013227650

AP Calculus            

                      Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic  ISBN 013201408