Welcome to the Mathematics Department at Moreau Catholic! Our department believes in and delivers a comprehensive as well as applicable foundation of mathematics skills for students in order to prepare them for any of the different postsecondary directions they may choose. We provide a strong and broad curriculum ranging from Basic Algebra to both AP Calculus and AP Statistics. While we will continue to teach basic math concepts and skills that have been part of our curriculum for years, we recognize the need to be aware of the latest trends in mathematics education and implement the most effective ones. An emphasis on a multi-representational approach to functions is made in all of our classes, while also highlighting the importance of group work and hands-on problem solving. In keeping with our commitment to the school-wide initiative of improving the technology skills of our students, we include level-appropriate activities that involve graphing calculators, Geometer’s Sketchpad, and statistical software. All of this takes place with the goal of improving the critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills of every student at Moreau.
Teach to One Math
Moreau Catholic is the first high school and the first Catholic school in the nation to embrace the practice of personalized math instruction via Teach to One. Students in TTO always receive instruction that is tailored to their learning needs. Leveraged technology, in the form of an advanced algorithm, identifies what students should be learning and how they can best learn it.
There are eight methods of instruction in TTO, and each one is intended to identify and enhance how your student best learns. Lessons can be taught via live investigation, in small group, peer-to-peer, coached virtual instruction, one-to-one, virtual practice, independent practice and then applied in task sessions.
Task sessions take place over multiple days and students use a variety of related skills in real-world applications. For example, students might analyze the costs and benefits of purchasing a hybrid car and use the skills they acquire through this work (e.g., multiplication, estimation, calculating gas mileage) to defend a purchasing decision.
This cutting edge program is a strong example of how Moreau is a thought-leader in the educational community and a mission-driven institution determined to meet the needs of all learners.
Katie Hansen '08 (Chair), Eric Kaufman, Stephanie Nielsen, Ahmed Rangchi, Caitlin Riley, Michael Tsan, Efe Umukoro
For students interested in more challenging course work, the department offers honors math classes as well as Advanced Placement courses (application required).
Note regarding honors placement: Any grade requirements cited are year averages, i.e., the average of both semester grades.
*(1 semester = 5 units)