Math Department Updates and Reminders
Algebra 1/Algebra 2 Transition- Please remember that a student's grade in Accelerated Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 Part B is used to determine eligibility for Geometry as well as for Algebra 2. Their performance in Geometry will also be used in the recommendation process, assessing readiness based on~the Characteristics of an Honors Student on the Westford Academy Math Department website.
Outside Courses and Opt-Out Testing - Courses taken outside of Westford Public Schools do not replace the courses offered at Westford Academy. Grades from outside courses will not be used to determine placement or eligibility for courses offered at WA. Additionally, beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, students will no longer have the option of testing out of courses at WA, including Geometry Honors, Intro to Programming, and Java Honors.
Geometry Honors - Starting in the 2018-2019 school year,all students must take a Geometry course at WA either their Freshmen or Sophomore year. Students must earn a 95 in Geometry CP1 or an 83 in Geometry Honors at Westford Academy to be recommended for Trig & Pre-Calc Honors.
Doubling Up - Students have the option to double up their math courses in either Algebra 1B with Geometry their Freshmen year or Geometry with Algebra 2 their Sophomore year. Doubling up is not recommended by the Math Department, particularly in a student's Freshmen year, as students are encouraged to explore their passions and interests by taking electives. When possible, students are encouraged to wait to double up their Sophomore year instead. Students are expected to take a math course each year, even if they choose to take two math classes in one year.
Algebra 2 Enrollment - Starting in the 2018-2019 school year, Algebra 2 enrollment will be limited to students in grades 10-12. We believe the material presented in this course is more developmentally appropriate for students in these levels. Freshmen who are particularly interested in furthering their Math education are encouraged to enroll in Exploring Computer Science. The collaboration and problem solving opportunities in this course are designed to help prepare students for success in both college and career in the STEM field and beyond. The application of mathematical logical reasoning in this course will be extremely beneficial in the growth and development of all students.
Grades 5-8 Math Placement Information Night
6:30-7:30 PM Monday, March 13 at Stony Brook and Wednesday March 15 at Abbot Elementary
This department offers a wide variety of high quality, engaging classes to our students. We have different levels of courses with ambitious expectations to meet everyone's needs. It is crucial that both students and parents consider our recommendations for course placement seriously when it is time to make choices for the following year. Our recommendations are based upon the knowledge that an essential understanding of prerequisite skills and academic benchmarks are needed to ensure proper placement in a course that will appropriately challenge the student, while allowing them to find success. Please note: The courses taken elsewhere are for remedial or enrichment purposes only. They will not be recognized as a replacement for a course offered during the academic year at Westford
Academy. Important exchanges of ideas occur between classmates and teachers throughout the year, which are very important to the growth of our students. For this reason, students are not allowed to "place out" of courses.
Our courses are based on the strands outlined in the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework and we prepare our students to do well on the MCAS by the end of their sophomore year.~ We pride ourselves on the top AP scores and SAT scores that our students have been able to achieve over the years. The course sequences, flow charts, and grade prerequisites can be obtained through the links on the left.
The members of this department at Westford Academy are dedicated professionals willing to help their students succeed. They will work around their schedules to make themselves available to give extra help to a student who requests the extra time needed to ensure they understand the concepts being taught.