The mathematics program at Frisch is designed to meet students needs within the wide range of their math backgrounds. In all courses, students are given the opportunity to work at a comfortable yet challenging level. All students are exposed to all the necessary requirements for success in college math. We are enthused about the beauty and richness of the world of mathematics; it is that grandeur that we wish to convey to all students.
Virtually all ninth graders begin with a full year of geometry and are then placed as is appropriate in several levels of Algebra I or Algebra II in Grade 10. Placement in math classes is more granular than in other disciplines, a reflection of the broad range of mathematical preparation and aptitude of our students. Students who are mathematically precocious and who arrive in high school already having mastered the material in even the most advanced ninth-grade class are placed in higher level math classes or work independently with members of the department. Remedial classes are available for students for whom math is more challenging.
Math curricula across the country have been responding to the demands of a technology driven workplace and the Frisch curricula is no exception. We began including data analysis, probability, statistics and transformations into our courses of study long before these were required by the new version of the SAT and we continue to evaluate and add new topics and technological skills.
Strong math students are given the opportunity to take Advanced Placement Statistics (as an elective in Grade 11 or as their math course in Grade 12) or one of two levels of A.P. Calculus in Grade 12. Students who find math to be more difficult have the opportunity to reinforce basic algebra and geometry skills in the elective math workshop course in Grade 11.
Students who are mathematically inclined are challenged by their participation in state and national contests such as the American High School Mathematics Examination
and the New Jersey Math League
. Frisch has received international recognition due to one students participation in the International Math Olympiad. Our math team meets on a regular basis throughout the school year.