Through mathematics at JCHS, students explore the connections that mathematics have to other academic disciplines and to problems from the real world.
The math program at JCHS seeks to offer a rigorous and relevant academic program based on a coherent curriculum that focuses on a sequential development of skills. Students will learn to understand and appreciate the intrinsic beauty and applicability of mathematical reasoning. 
The Math program's mission is to see each student develop the ability to: 
  • Interpret data using mathematical modeling in order to predict real world phenomena
  • Work with graphical, algebraic, and numerical representations of a mathematical concept and understand the connections between those representations
  • Communicate mathematics both orally and in well-written sentences
  • Assess the reasonableness of numeric solutions to problems using estimation techniques
  • Integrate a procedural proficiency and a conceptual understanding of mathematics
  • Develop mathematical thinking and reasoning skills such as the ability to make conjectures and sound arguments
  • Prepare for future mathematics courses both at the high school and college level
  • Discover the relevance and importance of mathematics in their life
  • Understand the limitations of mathematics
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Math Core Courses

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Algebra BC

    This highly differentiated course provides an in-depth exploration of algebra and allows all students to work at the edge of their math knowledge. Topics include rates and ratios, algebraic expressions, linear equations, linear functions, systems of equations, quadratics, and exponents and radicals. Students develop lateral thinking and in-depth problem-solving skills and learn to analyze the reasons behind all the math they do.

    Most students will learn and show mastery of regular Algebra I concepts and the course will appear as “Algebra I” on their transcripts. Some students will learn and show mastery of advanced Algebra I concepts; in that case, the course will appear as “Algebra I Advanced” on their transcripts. Some students will learn and show mastery of pre-algebra concepts; in that case, the course will appear as “Fundamentals of Algebra" and they will re-enroll in Algebra BC the following year.
  • Geometry

    Prerequisite(s): Algebra I

    This course is an introduction to Euclidean geometry. There is an emphasis on developing a student’s understanding of mathematical theory and ability to write clear, logical arguments based on definitions, postulates, and theorems.
  • Geometry Advanced

    Prerequisite(s): Algebra I Advanced or Department Approval

    This course covers the same content as Geometry with more theory and greater emphasis on formal proofs.
  • Algebra II

    Prerequisite(s): Geometry (or concurrent enrollment in Geometry) 

    This course focuses on graphing, representing and solving functions, as well as deepening algebraic manipulation skills. Topics include transformations, complex numbers, polynomials, rational equations, and exponential and logarithmic functions. Students grow in their capacity to puzzle through unfamiliar problems.
  • Algebra II Advanced

    Prerequisite(s): Geometry Advanced or (Geometry and Department Approval) or (Algebra I with concurrent enrollment in Geometry and Department Approval)

    This course covers the same content as Algebra II, but more theory and open-ended problem solving will be emphasized.
  • Pre-Calculus

    Prerequisite(s): Algebra II (C or higher) 

    This course is an in-depth treatment of the mathematics essential to Calculus. Topics include the Cartesian plane, functions; polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, inverse, circular and trigonometric functions; solving inequalities and systems of equations. Additional topics may include matrices, determinants and vectors. 

    This course is open only to 12th grade or to younger students who do not plan to enroll in AP Calculus at JCHS.
  • Pre-Calculus Honors

    Prerequisite(s): Algebra II and Department Approval

    Students will explore more deeply many of the algebra concepts they have already seen such as: function notation, domain/range, rational expressions, logs and exponentials, and trigonometry while also learning new topics like matrices, sequences/series, conic sections, polar/parametric equations, and limits.  A very strong emphasis will be placed on using algebra to untangle complex problems so that students are well prepared for the AP Calculus curriculum.  This course will also directly practice the math used in AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and AP Physics.
  • AP Calculus, AB

    Prerequisite(s): Pre-Calculus Honors

    This course is an introduction to differentiation and integration of functions of a single variable. Topics include functions, limits, continuity, differentiation, related rates, min-max problems, graphing, integration and applications. This course is not based on the standard AP curriculum and therefore has greater flexibility in material and time frame.

    Please Note: AP courses may require additional meeting times throughout the year.
  • AP Calculus, BC

    Prerequisite(s): AP Calculus, AB or Pre-Calculus Honors and Department Approval

    This course includes AB Calculus topics at a more advanced level with the addition parametric, polar and vector functions, numerical solutions of differential equations, determining limits of convergence of infinite series, applications of integrals to more real world problems, and the using Taylor series.

    Please Note: AP courses may require additional meeting times throughout the year.
  • Statistics

    Prerequisite(s): Algebra II

    Statistics is an extremely powerful and often misunderstood mathematical tool which offers many applications to analyzing the real world. This course emphasizes a real-world data, project-based approach. Students will learn how to collect, research, summarize, display, analyze, and communicate written conclusions about data. Students will have opportunities to think critically about statistical interpretations and detect flaws in statistical reasoning. Students will also learn to use spreadsheets as a computational tool.

Math Faculty

Dr. Cecily Burrill
Dean of Math and Science
415.694.5772 x151

Michael Fitch
415.694.5772 x123

Marta Fuentes-Filp
415.694.5772 x142

John Hagen
Pre-Calculus, Calculus
415.694.5772 x122

Virgina Mui
Algebra, Statistics
415.694.5772 x180

Yannan Shi
Algebra, Geometry
415.694.5772 x210
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