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NSHS Math Department

Oregon University System strongly recommends that students take mathematics all four years of high school. Their recommendation is two years of Algebra, one year of Geometry and one year of Advanced Mathematics. Students are placed in math classes according to teacher recommendation and grades in previous math classes.Math courses are assigned to freshmen based on their 8th grade teacher recommendation. Please note it is our goal to have all students complete Algebra I or higher by the end of their freshmen year.  For more information on math placement, contact the Math Department Lead: Marjorie Mobley

College Note: Your student must have passed Algebra II in order to attend a 4-year college or university.

Suggested Sequence based on grade level

Although each student is unique and may have a different path towards their education these grade sequences are strongly suggested by our Math department based on a number a reasons. Math is a very linear subject and it is difficult to learn a new concept without understanding previous mathematical concepts. The same goes with relearning concepts going from an honors course to a standard course. We strongly suggest asking for feedback from teachers and our staff about the path that works best for you. 

9th Grade

Algebra I  Math Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9-12

Algebra I includes- using rational and irrational numbers; expressions; linear equations and inequalities (including systems of equations); writing and solving, quadratic equations; interpreting, analyzing, and building functions (linear, quadratic, and exponential); and topics in Statistics and Probability. This course also embeds the eight mathematical practices from the Common Core Standards.

Prerequisite: None

Honors Geometry  Math Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9-10

This is a college-preparatory math course that develops the ability to use logical reasoning in problem solving. Emphasis is placed on exploration, thinking, and problem solving as a team. Students’ knowledge of geometric concepts will be expanded while reinforcing algebraic concepts.

Prerequisite: Algebra I or Teacher recommendation

Algebra Success  Elective Credit=0.5 OUS: No NCAA: No Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9-12

Algebra Success is an intervention course designed to help students successfully complete Algebra I. They will enroll in Algebra Success and Algebra I concurrently.

Prerequisite: None (Strongly suggested for Freshman taking Algebra I) 

10th grade

Geometry  Math Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10-12

Geometry is a full year course designed to provide students with a hands-on approach to geometric concepts. Students will be asked to investigate a variety of topics such as transformations, similarity, trigonometry, probability, angles, polygons, circles, solids, area, volume, and proofs. Also included in this course are topics of Statistical Analysis. 

Prerequisite: Algebra I

Honors Algebra II  Math Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9-12

Algebra II builds on concepts from Algebra I allowing students to go deeper with functions and solving equations. Students investigate non-linear functions, transformations of functions, and they work with more complex equations, inequalities, and expressions. Students will work with quadratic, exponential, piecewise, logarithmic, trigonometric functions, and polynomial functions. This class moves at a more rapid pace than the regular Algebra II course.

Prerequisite: Algebra I

11th grade

Algebra II Math Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10-12

Algebra II builds on concepts from Algebra 1 allowing students to go deeper with functions and solving equations. Students investigate non-linear functions, transformations of functions, and they work with more complex equations, inequalities, and expressions. Students will work with quadratic, exponential, piecewise, logarithmic, trigonometric functions, and polynomial functions.

Prerequisite: Algebra I & Geometry

Pre-Calculus  Math Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

This course is designed to prepare students for college-level calculus. Topics likely to be covered include: logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions and their applications; calculus ideas of area under curves, limits, and rates of change; and polar graphing.

Prerequisite: Honors Algebra II or Math Analysis

Advanced Topics Algebra/Geometry Math Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: No Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 9-12

Students will study advanced topics not addressed in Algebra I and Geometry and explore topics from Statistics and Probability and Algebra II. A good portion of this course will be spent on applying mathematics concepts through projects.

Prerequisite: Algebra I & Geometry

12th grade

Math Analysis  Math Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

This course is designed to continue with concepts learned in Algebra II. This course covers trigonometry and Pre-Calculus concepts. Approximately 95% of the concepts in a traditional trigonometry class are covered. Calculus concepts are studied in more depth than traditional Analysis/Pre-Calculus courses. The use of mathematical models is a reoccurring them throughout the course. The use of statistical concepts is also applied in the use of the models.

Prerequisite: Algebra II

AP Calculus AB  Math Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 11-12

Calculus AB is primarily concerned with developing the students’ understanding of the concepts of calculus and providing experience with its methods and applications. The course emphasize a multi representational approach to calculus, with concepts, results, and problem being expressed graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally. The course is intended to be challenging and demanding.

Prerequisite: Pre-Calculus

AP Statistics Math Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10-12

Exploring Data: observing patterns and departures from patterns using graphical and numerical techniques. Note distribution, shape, location, variables, unusual values. Planning a study: deciding what and how to measure, identifying important variables related to the conjecture, specifying how they are to be measured and formulating a model from which inferences can be drawn. Anticipating pattens: producing models using probability and simulation. Probability is oriented toward describing data distribution, rather than axiomatic or combinatorial focus. Statistical inference: confirming models. Use models to draw conclusions from data; use data to critique models.

Prerequisite: Algebra II

Advanced Financial Algebra MA302S1/MA302S2 Math Credit=1.0 OUS: Yes NCAA: Yes Fine & Applied Arts : No Grade Level: 10-12

This course is an algebra-based, applications-oriented, technology dependent course. It addresses college preparatory mathematics topics under seven financial umbrellas: Banking, Investing and Modeling a Business, Employment and Income Taxes, Automobile Ownership, Independent Living, and Retirement Planning and Household Budgeting. Students use a variety of problem solving skills and strategies in real world contexts. The mathematics topics contained in this course are introduced, developed, and applied in an as-needed format in the financial settings covered.

Prerequisite: Algebra I & II & Geometry