A strong foundation in mathematics is essential for students to meet the demands of an ever changing and challenging global society. The math program at Barnstable High School emphasizes problem solving, mathematical reasoning, effective communication, as well as application of content to real world contexts; skills students will need for study beyond high school, for careers, higher education and effective citizenship. The content, instructional materials, and approaches for each course reflect the standards outlined by the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks and the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS).
While we offer students a comprehensive mathematics curriculum, it is essential that students play an active role in their learning. Success in mathematical studies is dependent on strong work ethic, active involvement in class and regular homework completion. Our goal is to help students learn and make sense of the mathematics that will help them achieve academic success.
The math department strongly recommends that all students take four years of math beginning in their 9th grade year, which is a graduation requirement beginning with the class of 2018.
Please note: The minimum admissions requirement for state colleges and universities requires students to complete 4 math courses (Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry/Trigonometry, or comparable coursework) including mathematics during the final year of high school. This should be taken into consideration when planning your course of study in mathematics.