Mathematics

Mathematics as a subject provides a system for creating abstract models of reality. Systematic examination of the structure of these models helps in beginning to understand the relationships present in our world. The design of South Burlington's math core curriculum focuses on the Common Core subjects of Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Combinatorics as these are fundamental prerequisites for advanced high school mathematics. They are also essential preparation for a wide variety of college majors, and they form the basis for an analytical skill set which is important for all citizens. To this end, the faculty of the math department strives to assist every student to:

  • become fluent in the language of mathematics
  • develop competence and confidence in the areas of analytical reasoning and problem solving
  • build a lasting affinity for math through a positive learning experience.
  • For students wishing to further their study of math beyond the core, the department offers elective courses that include study in the areas of calculus, probability, and statistics.

    The Math Curriculum illustrates the sequencing of course offerings. The math core consists of Math 1, Math 2 and Math 3. Completion of the core, or its equivalent, is required before a student is allowed to enroll in advanced electives. Three full years of math are required for graduation, but four is highly recommended.