Advanced Math

To Parents and 8th Grade Math Teachers,

The push for Algebra I at the middle school level creates an interesting challenge for the math department at St. Teresa’s Academy. With approximately forty feeder schools, the scope and sequence of middle school Algebra varies widely both with respect to curriculum content and the use of technology. 

  • With the exception of a few “no calculator” topics, students will be allowed to use a calculator in their math classes. A minimum of a scientific calculator is required for all students and a graphing calculator is recommended for advanced students. We recommend the TI 84+.

At St. Teresa’s, it is our goal to start all freshmen with a curriculum appropriate to their ability and math experience. In order to provide a more rigorous long term program, we in general do not recommend a freshman with strong math ability to start in (regular) Geometry instead of Advanced Algebra I / Algebra II. This allows the student to enter the Advanced/Honors/AP Calculus math track.

Qualifying exams for advanced/honors Math courses are administered February 22, February 23, March 6, and March 7 and can be scheduled here. Upon completion and grading of the exam, the Math Department and Admissions will provide a recommendation for your daughter’s math placement.

We hope you find the provided material helpful. If you have any questions, please direct them to Jo Weller, Math Department chair, at

Thank you.
STA Math Department

Advanced/Honors Math Course Flow-Chart:

  1. Advanced Algebra I / Algebra II (freshman year)
  2. Honors Algebra II / Geometry (sophomore year) weighted course
  3. College Pre-Calculus (junior year) weighted / dual credit course
  4. AP Calculus I (senior year) weighted / dual credit course

Math Course Flow-Chart:

  1. Algebra I (Gr. 9)
  2. Geometry (Gr. 10)
  3. Algebra II (Gr. 11)
  4. Pre-Calculus or Trig/Finite Math (Gr. 12)
  5. AP Statistics
  6. Probability and Statistics Elective (elective semester course)

Year 1 Topics in Advanced Algebra I/Algebra 2
-Unit 1- Introduction to Algebra
-Unit 2 - Inequalities
-Unit 3- Polynomials
-Unit 4 - Factoring
-Unit 5 - Solving Quadratic Equations and Inequalities
-Unit 6 - Fractions, Rational Expressions and Equations
-Unit 7 - Ratios and Proportions
-Unit 8 - Graphs of Linear and Quadratic Functions
-Unit 9 - Systems of Equations
-Unit 10 - Graphing Linear Inequalities and Square Roots
-Unit 11 - Set Theory, Coding, and Proofs

*Students complete Algebra 2 topics during the first quarter of the second year.