The mathematics curriculum at Taft prepares graduates to perform raw, logical, structured thinking. Through the study of algebra, geometry, precalculus, calculus, and statistics, 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 the majority of students continue on to higher levels of math. Students are encouraged to take a statistics course, either Statistics or AP Statistics. In addition, we offer introductory and AP courses in Computer Science. All honors and Advanced Placement 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.
- Through a commitment to completing daily homework, students practice and refine their problem-solving skills.
- Assessments demand critical thinking rather than rote memorization.
- Feedback on assessments provides students with insight into their strengths and weaknesses.
- General class discussions explore the different ways to solve problems and allow for connections to earlier topics.
- Exposure to the full curriculum develops a large repository of techniques and instincts in how to proceed in unfamiliar situations.
- Students are exposed to different topics from teachers excited about math.
- Most courses have three different levels.
- Through placement in appropriate courses, students will be challenged and supported when exploring diverse mathematical concepts.
- Mathematics is seen in an historical context as a subject that has been central to our understanding of the universe, and students learn to respect the insights mathematics provides.