The mathematics curriculum at Taft prepares graduates to perform raw, logical, structured thinking. Through the study of algebra, geometry, precalculus, and calculus, students develop critical thinking skills and are able to apply the skills they have mastered to solve problems. The graduation requirement is to complete a mathematics sequence through Algebra II, although virtually every student continues on to higher levels of math. Students are encouraged to branch into other areas such as statistics and computer science. All honors courses require permission of the department.
- i) Graduates will develop problem solving skills, become adept at critical thinking, and develop a clear, logical, analytical style of thinking.
- ii) Graduates will learn that math skills—logic, organization, clarity, communication, etc.—can be applied in other subject areas and to everyday life.
- iii) Graduates will appreciate the inherent beauty, flow, and logic of math.
- iv) Graduates are prepared for college level math.
- v) Graduates use technology to increase understanding and proficiency in mathematics.
Taft students build robots, compete in international mathematics competitions, and create 3-D worlds using the latest technology.