"Mathematics is the language in which God wrote the universe.” Galileo Galilei
Our calling as teachers of mathematics in the Valley Christian Schools is to fulfill the school’s mission statement by:
INFORMING students by presenting the God-given mathematical laws governing creation. FORMING within our students an appreciation of mathematical ideas to enable students to better see God’s handiwork in creation, and an understanding of mathematical ideas to enable students to think logically, systematically, and critically, in order to solve hypothetical and practical problems.
TRANSFORMING students into Christ-like citizens who can effectively communicate and apply their appreciation and understanding of mathematics for the advancement of God’s kingdom.
When God created the world, He created a world of order, of relationships, and of causes and effects. Mathematics is the part of created reality that deals with space and numbers. It is through math that man has attempted to articulate what he comes to observe of the universe; we are repeatedly reminded that the world in which we live is ordered because our Creator made it that way. As we study the various topics of math, students should see reality, gaining a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the created world around us. As students learn the language and structure of mathematics, they will grow in their understanding of the created world in which we live and in their ability to observe and articulate what they see, becoming better stewards as they live their lives in service to the Creator.
MATH DEPARTMENT FLOW CHART
The Math Department at VCHS feels that math is important to a well-rounded course of study for the secondary student. Students are encouraged to take as many math courses as they can successfully handle to prepare for the increasing demands of our technological society.
VCHS requires every student to successfully complete three years of high school math. Due to the sequential nature of math, it is important to have a strong foundation in one area before moving on to more difficult concepts. To increase the success in future math courses, your counselors and the Math Department require students to repeat any semester in which they have not met the prerequisites before progressing to the next math course.
The California colleges and universities require three years of college preparatory math that includes Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. UC schools recommend Pre-Calculus.
Below is a sample of the Math Department's flow for a student depending on that student's future plans.
Required courses are in italic text (three years); non-required courses are not italic.
9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade(elective) College-Bound, Half-Pace Track
ALGEBRA 1A ALGEBRA 1B GEOMETRY or INFORMAL GEOMETRY ALGEBRA 2 College-Bound, Traditional Track ALGEBRA 1 GEOMETRY ALGEBRA 2 or HONORS ADVANCED MATH OR HONORS College-Bound, Advanced Track GEOMETRY ALGEBRA 2 or HONORS ADVANCED MATH or HONORS AP CALCULUS, CALCULUS, AP STATISTICS College-Bound, Accelerated Track ALGEBRA 2 or HONORS HONORS ADVANCED MATH AP CALCULUS AB, CALCULUS, AP STATISTICS AP CALCULUS AB, AP CALCULUS BC, AP STATISTICS