The study of mathematics fosters the development of clear and logical thinking, precision in communication, and the ability to reason quantitatively. Using a traditional, yet progressive progression of college-preparatory courses, the mathematics curriculum of Bishop McNamara High School seeks to encourage student growth and proficiency in these areas. Each student is allowed the opportunity, according to interest and talent, to develop fully in the subject through a variety of available courses. Bishop McNamara High School uses a detailed placement system for both new and current students to ensure that the course they take matches their background while pushing them to meet their full potential.
Students should be thoroughly grounded in the fundamentals of mathematics. They should be able to draw upon previously learned material, connect mathematical topics and apply these in practical situations. They should be able to do this confidently and effectively, by themselves and in cooperation with others. Bishop McNamara High School mathematics students are able not only to solve problems, but apply their skills to real situations. Mathematics is about more than numbers and formulas, and our students are, on a daily basis, challenged to think critically and analytically.
Our courses reflect the wide and exciting variety of students we attract, and .are a reflection of our careful placement system, ensuring all students are appropriately challenged and challenged appropriately.Our weekly after-school “Math Power Hour” allows our students access to teachers and tutors for individualized instruction and assistance. Most courses utilize MathXL, a dynamic and interactive website, for homework and other resources.
The Faculty of the Bishop McNamara High School Mathematics Department is a committed team of gifted individuals dedicated to providing our students with an environment that challenges them to think critically, reason abstractly, and speak the universal language of mathematics.
Mu Alpha Theta is the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school and two-year college students.
The members of the Bishop McNamara High School Mathematics Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, offer peer tutoring before and after school, and during Math Power Hour.
- Algebra I with Lab (this course meets every day)
- Algebra I
- Honors Algebra I (for students who have taken Algebra I but have not mastered core concepts needed to be successful in Algebra II)
- Honors Algebra II (for students who have taken and mastered core concepts in Algebra I and are ready for an accelerated Algebra II course)
- Honors Geometry/Trigonometry (This course is the rare exception. Students placed into this course score in the 98th percentile in math on HSPT AND have mastered core concepts in Algebra I and Algebra II)
- Math courses taken as a 7th and 8th grader
- Grades from 7th and 8th grade math courses
- Standardized test scores in math on the HSPT (or equivalent)
- Current Math teacher's recommendation
- Scores on the BMHS math placement test
- Math Power Hour: meets every Wednesday in the school library from 3:15 till 4:15. Teachers and honor math society students are available to help students with homework or catch up on missed assignments.
- Math teachers are available after school daily in their classrooms for extra help till at least 3:30.
- National Honor Society members are available during the school day to tutor students during their study halls.
Math XL is the program that our students use to submit homework online. This program is an excellent way of getting immediate feedback to our students on homework. Teachers will assign written homework as well.