The PV Mathematics Department provides a strong and broad curriculum ranging from Math C (Pre-Algebra) to Advanced Placement Calculus and Statistics. We are currently phasing out Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and replacing these core classes with Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2, and Integrated Math 3 (see below for more information about curriculum changes.)
All CUSD students are required to earn at least 20 math credits (4 semesters or 2 years) and pass the CA High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to earn a high school diploma. For students who plan to attend a California State University, 3 years (6 semesters) of math are required that must include Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2, Integrated Math 3. In addition, CSU recommends that students take a 4th year of math. The University of California also requires 3 years of math for college admission, but strongly recommends 4 years (8 semesters.)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Beginning with the class of 2017, all students will be required to earn 30 high school math credits (6 semesters) and pass the CAHSEE to earn a high school diploma. This change is due to a new board policy approved in July 2013.
MATH PATHWAYS AND CHANGES IN CURRICULUM
Over the past two years, CUSD has been implementing Common Core Math Standards in grades 7-12. The common core junior high classes being offered are Math A, Math B, and Math C. At the high schools, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 are being replaced by Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2, and Integrated Math 3. Integrated Math 1, 2 and 3 primarily include the same standards as Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, although some of the main ideas are covered in a different order. Related topics are now clustered together so that concepts can be learned in context with more application-based problem solving.
The math pathways may look a bit different, but the end result is very similar to what has been offered in the past, including the opportunity to take AP math classes. Content in the junior high math classes no longer contains repetition of previous grade levels so an entire math course can no longer be skipped if a student wants to begin accelerating. One option that is recommended in the CA Math Framework is to “compact” math classes together, which means covering more content in a shorter amount of time rather than skipping important material. CUSD math teachers held monthly meetings and had release days to address this issue and submitted junior and senior high acceleration options to the school board for approval on January 21, 2015. Parents of 6th-8th grade students will receive more details about math pathways and acceleration in a newsletter mailed home by CUSD. PVHS will provide information in their curriculum handbooks and in the Viking Voice.