Life After Algebra II
As the school year speeds by, rising seniors at Fairfax High are already meeting with their teachers and guidance counselors to decide which classes they should take next year. Up until this point, the math sequence is spelled out -- Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II. After this point, there are plenty of options.
Here are the math classes students in a non-honors Algebra II class can choose from:
Trigonometry (Semester Course)
Probability and Statistics (Semester Course)
Discrete Math (Semester Course)
Pre Calculus with Trigonometry
AP Computer Science
If they are not pursuing an advanced diploma, they can also choose to take no math class their senior year. That's an option a few students I talked to this week planned to take. Others were aiming for pre-calculus, which will put them on track to take Calculus in college. Others were talking about a combination of the semester-long courses.
When I was a senior in high school, I took a course called Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry. I think it was a watered-down version of pre-Calculus. And at my private school, there were only about four students who were not taking a tougher Pre-Calc class or higher. I remember sitting around a table spending a lot of time talking about ancient history, which my math teacher also taught.
If I'd had the option, AP Statistics probably would have been a good choice for me because I was about to begin a college degree in social sciences and because it would help with the work I do now.
Do you remember what kind of math you studied your senior year -- if any? What would you have taken if you knew then what you know now?
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