DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY
The philosophy of the mathematics department is an echo of the school’s philosophy. Our primary purpose is to educate young women in mathematics and to challenge them to do the best they can, according to their abilities.
Our goals are to develop and refine a student’s ability to solve problems using critical thinking and analysis. Three to four years of course work in mathematics at DSHA will address all the content standards of the Wisconsin State Standards, with a special focus and concentration on the Mathematical Practice Standards of the Wisconsin State Standards. The use of technology is integrated into course work to prepare students for the demands of the 21st century. While three years of mathematics are required for graduation, four years are recommended as preparation for standardized testing and college course work. Students will be equipped with sufficient mathematical skills to provide the freedom to pursue the college curriculum and career of their choice.
Development of mathematical concepts does require student work outside of the classroom to develop, practice, and reinforce concepts. Students taking mathematics courses should plan to do 30 to 45 minutes of homework in mathematics most nights.
Honors courses are designed for those students with exceptional mathematical ability. Mathematical topics normally studied will be pursued in greater depth and at an accelerated pace in the honors program. The senior honors offerings are Calculus and Advanced Placement Calculus AB or BC.