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Mathematics

Students at DeLaSalle are encouraged to take four years of mathematics, although three years are required for graduation. Most colleges and universities require the successful completion of Algebra II for admission. Students entering Grade 9 are placed in Algebra I, Advanced Algebra I or into the Honors Program. Placement in mathematics is based on scores from the Math Mastery Exams as well as a departmental review of standardized test scores and middle school records. For Grades 10, 11, and 12, placement is based upon completion of prerequisite courses as well as teacher recommendations and student and parent input.

Students are required to have a scientific calculator for Algebra I, Advanced Algebra I, and all Geometry courses. Beginning with Algebra II, students are required to have a Texas Instrument graphing calculator. Graphing calculators are available for rent from the Mathematics department.

Here are typical and suggested sequences of courses:

  • Algebra I or Advanced Algebra I > Geometry > Algebra II > Precalculus
  • (For students who have tested out of Algebra I) Honors Algebra II > Honors Geometry or Geometry > Honors Precalculus or Precalculus > AP Calculus AB or Calculus
  • (For students who have tested out of both Algebra I and Geometry) Honors Algebra II > Honors Precalculus or Precalculus > AP Calculus AB or Calculus > AP Calculus BC