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 sequence 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.
Bishop McNamara mathematics students:
Mathematics is about more than numbers and formulas, and our students are challenged, on a daily basis, 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.
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.
This honor society is for Seniors and an application and test are required.
All students must complete four credits of Mathematics.
Algebra I Lab
Honors Algebra I
Honors Algebra II
College Preparatory Algebra II
Honors Algebra II
Honors Geometry with Trigonometry
College Preparatory Geometry
Functions, Statistics, and Trigonometry
Advanced Placement Statistics
Advanced Placement Calculus AB Advanced Placement Calculus BC
For full descriptions of these courses and any prerequisites, go to
What courses are students placed into as an incoming 9th grader?
Students are placed into one of the four courses:
- 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 demonstrate a strong number sense and a high ability level in mathematics but have not mastered or been exposed to core concepts needed to be successful in Algebra II)
- 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)
How are students placed into one of the math courses?
Students are placed into one of the courses based on the following criteria:
- 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
What if a student places into Honors Algebra I? Is there a way for the student to take Calculus in senior year?
Some students who place into Honors Algebra I will choose to take two math courses: Honors Geometry/Trig and Honors Algebra II in their Sophomore year or Honors Geometry and Honors Pre-Calculus in their junior year in order to take Calculus in their senior year. Students must be recommended to take these courses by their 9th and/or 10th grade math teacher and must have department approval.
Are there any tutoring services available for students and what is the cost?
There are different tutoring services available for students within the school that do not charge a fee:
- Math Power Hour: meets every Wednesday in the school library from 3:15 to 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 until at least 3:30.
- National Honor Society members are available during the school day to tutor students during their resource periods.
What is Math XL?
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.