Presque Isle High School

Presque Isle • Mapleton • Chapman • Castle Hill • Westfield

Education in MSAD #1 will empower students to reach their potential as critical thinkers, problem solvers and effective communicators.


Prerequisite: Average achievement in Honors Pre-calculus or Pre-calculus
AP Calculus AB emphasizes techniques and applications of the derivative and the integral. Algebraic, numerical, graphical, and verbal representations are all utilized as learning methods. Since graphing calculators are used throughout to confirm written work as well as to assist with interpreting results, students are expected to own one. Students who meet the required score on the AP Calculus AB exam may earn college credit. Please check with your intended college for score qualification.

This course is designed for the student who needs extra time to practice and master basic algebra concepts. This course will build an excellent foundation for algebra so that the student may move on and feel confident in his/her abilities. The course focuses on solving and graphing equations and inequalities.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1A. This course offers students the second half of the CP Algebra 1 curriculum with some additional concepts to fill the needs associated with the SAT and Accuplacer. The course focuses on properties of exponents, quadratic equations, and factoring. Students in this class will see the application of many of these topics and will be experienced with using the graphing calculator by the end of the course.

ALGEBRA II (1 CREDIT) Grades 11 & 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra I-A, Geometry, and Algebra 1-B or CP Algebra I and CP Geometry. This course reinforces concepts taught in Algebra 1-B and CP Algebra 1. It will offer a more in depth approach to such topics as linear functions, systems of equations and inequalities, quadratic functions, exponential functions, and matrix operations. Emphasis will be placed on the application of skills in a variety of careers.

 (1 CREDIT) Grade 12
Prerequisite: Intended for students who have completed Pre-calculus. This course builds on the analysis of elementary functions (linear, quadratic, and general polynomial), their graphs, and their applications. This is done using differential and integral calculus, natural logarithms, and exponential functions.

Prerequisite: Average or above grades in previous mathematics courses. This is the first course in the college preparatory algebra sequence. It is a fast-paced course that provides a solid foundation for future mathematics courses. Emphasis is placed on problem solving skills and problem analysis. The main topics are solving, analyzing and graphing linear equations and inequalities. Real-world applications are also a point of emphasis.

CP ALGEBRA II (1 CREDIT) Grade 10 & 11
Prerequisite: Successful completion of CP Algebra I and CP Geometry with average or above average achievement. CP Algebra II is the second course in the college preparatory level algebra sequence. It focuses on more advanced topics such as solving and graphing linear, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions, and factoring. Many real-life problem solving applications and approaches are utilized. Graphing calculators are used often in this course. A TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator is recommended.
The CP Geometry prerequisite for CP Algebra II may be waived if the student wishes to take CP Geometry and CP Algebra II or Honors Algebra II simultaneously. “Doubling up” on math courses is challenging and generally pursued by highly motivated students needing to complete Calculus during their senior year. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss this option with their CP Algebra I teacher and guidance counselor prior to registration.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of CP Algebra I with at least average or above average achievement. CP Geometry is a study of two and three-dimensional geometric figures using an inductive approach where the student is actively engaged as they learn geometry. Varied activities and learning approaches are used including the computer program Geometer’s Sketchpad.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of math through CP Algebra II. This course is designed for students who have successfully completed CP Algebra II and plan to pursue careers in the behavioral sciences such as business management, psychology and sociology. It will include topics from elementary logic, sets, techniques of counting, finite probability theory, algebra of vectors and matrices, statistics and topics from linear programming. Students may be enrolled in this course and Pre-calculus, Calculus, or Statistics at the same time. A TI-83 or TI-84 Calculator is recommended.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra IA. With a focus on the key concepts of geometry, this course covers much of the same material as CP Geometry but at a slower pace, allowing for more daily practice. It has a strong emphasis on skills learned in Algebra IA as they are applied daily to geometry concepts.

PRE-CALCULUS (1 CREDIT) Grade 11 & 12
Prerequisite: Students should have obtained at least a “B” average in College Preparatory courses through CP Algebra II. This course is intended for students who may to take a Calculus course in high school or college or who plan to major in fields of mathematics, science, or engineering. This course emphasizes the use of graphing technology in the exploration of a wide variety of function forms including polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometry. Conceptual understanding of function behavior and their real-world application is the main focus.

Prerequisite: Students must have completed Algebra II or Algebra IB with permission. Analyzing data through the use of technology is an integral part of this course. The power of the graphing calculator is directed toward allowing students to investigate real-world problems. Students leaving senior math will know mathematics in deeper, more flexible ways. If you are looking for a fourth year of math outside of the traditional sequences, then this is the course for you.

Prerequisite: Students should have successfully completed courses at least through Algebra II with an A or B average in Algebra II. Students will examine the process of producing, organizing, and analyzing data and drawing inferences from data. They will also study probability topics with real-life application. The course is designed so that students leave with a better understanding of statistics in everyday life. A calculator is required, and it must be able to complete two-variable statistical functions. The TI-83 and TI-84 are the recommended calculators.