Welcome to the VAAS Math Department
In keeping with our VAAS Mission statement, Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences provides a personalized, safe learning environment that encourages all students to be mathematical thinkers and valuable contributors to the mathematical learning processes. At VAAS, students engage in mathematical content both independently and collaboratively, using the standards for mathematical practices, rich classroom discussions, persevering in solving problems, and participating in project-based learning tasks. Not only will this learning transfer into other content areas, but it will also prepare our students with the critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities needed for future academic pursuits and success in our global society.
The class utilizes a commercially available curriculum to solidify students' K-L1 skills and practices.
Students taking a 4th-year math course receive a "bump" in college eligibility under CSU's new multiple measures to determine college math placement and are less likely to require suggested or mandatory support while in college.
- Linear automobile depreciation, exponential depreciation, and linear regression calculation
- Modeling income tax schedules
- Exploring simple interest and compound interest formula derivation leading to exponential equation r
- Credit and loan calculations regression
- Modeling a business including optimal outcomes - linear programming
- Retirement - future and the present value of a single deposit retirement account involving exponential function
- Budget matrices
- Oral presentations
- Evaluation of reports based on data
The gray course titles are those that are required coursework.
For students who are interested in pursuing BSTEM fields in college and career:
BSTEM is an acronym for Business, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. B-Stem fields include: Business Administration, Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Science Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Pharmacology, Medical School, or other Health Professional Degree requiring at least a bachelor's degree.
These are fields that often require higher levels of math and usually include some form of calculus, as well as higher mathematical coursework. However, not all BSTEM fields require calculus. Therefore it is important you look at the prospective fields of interest to see what mathematical coursework you may need for your major and career opportunities.
In the chart above, BSTEM coursework can be found by looking at the maroon titles.
For students who are interested in pursuing non B-STEM fields (or those interested in SLAM) in college and career:
SLAM is an acronym for Statistics and Liberal Arts Math. SLAM fields include: Art, Dance, Communications, Music, Theater, TV Liberal Arts, Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Ethnic Studies, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Nursing, Fire Technology, or other field requiring a bachelor's or technical degree.
The courses in this pathway will focus on the mathematical skills and concepts that are necessary for applied problem solving in their career. Additionally, many of these fields require statistical analysis and interpretations in later coursework. It is important to note that a 4th year of high school math is necessary for many of these majors and for career-readiness.
In the chart above, SLAM coursework can be found by looking at the dark burgundy titles.
All students should aspire to have a solid mathematical foundation upon graduating high school as this will prepare them for their college and career goals. Additionally, being mathematically prepared will prevent students from having to take repeat or remedial math coursework that does not count for college credit, saving them both time and money.