The Mathematics Department of Loyola Academy offers courses in Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus and Statistics at all levels from introductory to Honors and Advanced Placement. While only three years of math are required for graduation, the majority of our students take courses for four years. The Mathematics Department provides a challenging, thought-provoking curriculum that is intellectually stimulating and college preparatory in nature, regardless of track level.
In addition to traditional course work, students can apply to participate in the Clavius Scholars program.
The Mathematics Department furthers its commitment to high quality education through the selection of first-rate textbooks and integration of technology. Students are required to purchase a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator, which is incorporated into instruction. Teachers utilize computer labs and classroom computers for exploration and demonstration, further integrating technology into instruction.
Loyola Academy requires that students complete a minimum of three credits of mathematics for graduation, while four years of study is strongly recommended. Incoming freshmen are placed in a track using a combination of the results of the STS test and grade school records. Focused attention is given to mathematics and quantitative sub-scores, while also considering the verbal and composite score. Incoming freshmen who have taken Algebra 1 or beyond during middle school will be placed in a course commensurate with their ability.
The goal of the Mathematics Department is to find the best possible placement for each of our students. Multiple tracks exist in order to best meet varying student needs. While the majority of students stay in their assigned track for the duration of their Loyola Academy career, track placement is reevaluated on an annual basis. Minimum grade requirements must be met in order to maintain current track placement. Student performance and teacher recommendation can result in a change in a student’s track placement for subsequent academic years.
The Mathematics Department recognizes that students sometimes need additional assistance in order to be successful. The Math Lab, located on the first floor of the library, is open daily and is staffed by two part-time math teachers in addition to members of the Mathematics Department. The Math Lab serves a variety of functions by offering homework help, assisting students who have been absent and providing help to students preparing for quizzes and tests.
Loyola Academy’s Program for 7th or 8th grade Talented Math Students (LAPTMS)
Loyola Academy is offering a program for talented junior high math students. The Loyola Academy Program for Talented Math Students (LAPTMS) will seek to develop the talents of the area’s brightest math students by offering an accelerated math curriculum in which participants will have the opportunity to complete Advanced Placement Calculus and post-Calculus courses by the end of high school. The Loyola Program for Talented Math Students is based on a similar program that has been offered by Johns Hopkins University since 1979, and is currently offered by several other leading universities across the country (i.e.; Northwestern University and Duke University).
Loyola Academy’s Program for Talented Math Students is open to students entering at the Algebra 1 or Geometry level of math. Students may begin the program in 7th or 8th grade. LAPTMS 7th or 8th Grade Registration Form.