The Mathematics Department offers a variety of courses, allowing all students to start at their present level of achievement and progress until they have mastered a basic level of competency in mathematics and achieved additional mathematical skills appropriate to their abilities and future educational or career plans. The curriculum of the department has been built with careful attention to both the most recent national (NCTM) standards and the particular needs of Thetford Academy students. These two foci align closely with the Vermont Framework in curricular content and learning opportunities, particularly the standards for Mathematical Understanding, Problem-Solving, and Systems.
Graduation Requirements and Course Selection
At least three credits of high school mathematics are required for graduation. Students are required to earn two credits of mathematics at Thetford Academy. This means that two years in a technical program with an embedded math credit may be counted as one mathematics credit for graduation. The needs of students in the Pre-Technical Program will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
All students with interest or skill in mathematics should take two years of Algebra, one year of Geometry, and Advanced Mathematics. The Mathematics Department recommends Algebra I as one of the three required mathematics credits.
Math Competency Test
All students must meet the Mathematics requirement for Graduation. This necessitates two things: passing a basic math competency test to demonstrate fundamental skills and taking responsibility to complete the testing in the specified time period with the teacher assigned to supervise. Students must make appointments to test during unscheduled (non-credit bearing) class time or after school.
Math Competency Test Scoring
There are 15 sections in the test. For sections 1-5, students are required to get 100% correct. They must pass each of the remaining 10 sections with a minimum of 80%. If a student fails more than four sections he or she will need to take another version of the entire test again. Otherwise the student may retake new versions of individual sections until he or she passes. Seniors with privileges must pass math competencies by the end of the first quarter. Seniors must complete competencies by the first semester exams or begin again in second semester. Juniors may complete math competencies in their spring semester.
Course Credit Regulations
Students who wish to take two mathematics courses in one school year may do so given the following criteria: they have met the prerequisite requirements for the second course and there is room available in the class. Students may sign up for one course in each semester, but may enroll only if the criteria above are met.
If a course is offered at TA and a student takes an equivalent course elsewhere, the student must take the Thetford Academy math course exam(s) and receive at least 85% on the exam(s) to receive Thetford Academy credit. Students may also apply to take Calculus at Dartmouth College. This course is open to qualified students at no charge, and can be completed for either high school or college credit. Successful completion of Calculus at Thetford Academy and departmental permission are required.
Sequence of Courses in Mathematics:
|Completed Course||Possible Subsequent Courses|
|MathThematics I||MathThematics II, Pre-Vocational Math|
|MathThematics II||MathThematics III or Pre-Algebra|
|Pre-Vocational Math||MathThematics III or Pre-Algebra|
|MathThematics III||Algebra I Lab, Algebra I|
|Pre-Algebra||Algebra I Lab, Algebra I, Applied Mathematics|
|Algebra I||Algebra II Lab, Algebra II, Business Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Geometry|
|Algebra I Lab||Algebra I, Algebra II Lab, Business Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Geometry|
|Algebra II||Geometry, Business Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Finite Mathematics, Pre-Calculus, Statistics|
|Algebra II Lab||Business Mathematics, Geometry Applied Mathematics, Algebra II|
|Geometry||Algebra II Lab, Algebra II, Business Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Precalculus|
|Precalculus||Calculus, Business Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Finite Mathematics|
|Calculus||Dartmouth College course, Business Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Finite Mathematics, Statistics|