Academics

Mathematics

Developing mathematical literacy is an explorative, dynamic and creative process that’s essential to making informed decisions in our digital age. You will work collaboratively as you focus on developing mathematical thinking and become a critical reasoner and an adaptable problem solver. By applying your mathematical knowledge and strategies to real-life situations, you’ll be prepared to meet the demands of college and the challenges that lie beyond.

Graduation requirement: Three years of Mathematics. Four years is recommended.

Mathematics Curriculum

List of 9 items.

  • Algebra 1: An Intro to the Language of Mathematics

    • 9th-grade full year course
    • This course is required for graduation
    • Incoming 9th-grade students may take a placement test to begin math at Drew in Geometry
    Develop a foundation for the language of algebra by translating words into mathematical symbols and learning expedient algebraic paths to solving real-world problems. You will also be introduced to the tenets of Euclidean geometry and the world of spatial relations.
  • Geometry: Studying Spatial Relations Through Reasoning

    • 10th-grade full-year course
    • This course is required for graduation
    • Incoming 9th-grade students may take a placement test to begin Math at Drew in this course
    Continue your exploration of the ways in which mathematical symbols and processes complement each other to solve real-world problems. You will also use inductive reasoning to formulate conjectures, use deduction to prove conjectures, and work collaboratively on investigations of spatial relations.
  • Algebra 2: Building Fluency in the Language of Mathematics

    • 11th-grade full-year course
    • For students seeking an accelerated version of this course, Drew offers Algebra 2 Trigonometry
    • This course, or Algebra 2 Trigonometry, is required for graduation
    Extend your prior knowledge of mathematical structures by introducing algebraic concepts necessary in advancing the study of functions. You’ll work collaboratively through investigations and obtain a broader vocabulary of mathematical notation as you master fundamental algebraic algorithms.
  • Algebra 2 Trigonometry: Navigating Through the Mathematical World of Functions

    • 11th-grade full-year course
    • This course is an accelerated version of Algebra 2
    • This course, or Algebra 2, is required for graduation
    Explore in-depth advanced algebraic concepts and families of functions in order to prepare for calculus. This course is designed for students who excel in Algebra 1 and Geometry.
  • Discrete Math: The Art of Problem-Solving

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    Explore an alternative path for the study of mathematics that includes topics such as finance, sets, graph theory, networking, encryption, and game theory. You’ll experience not only the beauty of mathematics but also its interdisciplinary utility.
  • Statistics Honors: Modeling Prediction

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    Learn all aspects of descriptive statistics, delve into probability, and then work collaboratively through investigations utilizing these concepts to make inferences and predictions about the world around you.
  • Precalculus: Bridging Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry Through Functions

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    Embark upon an in-depth study of functions, including trigonometric functions, their graphic characteristics, inverses, transformations, and compositions. You will investigate the properties of functions and experience the role of functions in the world.
  • The Calculus Lab: Investigation & Application

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    • This course has one or more prerequisites
    Discover the foundational calculus concepts of the study of change through a variety of in-class activities. You’ll connect prior knowledge with experiments in the application of concepts to solve real-world problems.
  • Calculus Honors: The Study of Change

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    • This course has one or more prerequisites
    Investigate the study of change with differential and integral calculus, both rich in applications to both the natural and physical sciences as well as social sciences.

List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Marian Ferrara

    Marian Ferrara 

    Mathematics Department Chair
    415.430.3761
    The College of New Jersey - M.A.
    Rutgers University - B.A.
    Year Appointed: 2002
  • Photo of Shraddha Chaplot

    Shraddha Chaplot 

    Director of STEAM Innovation
    415.430.3787
    U.C. San Diego - B.S.
    Year Appointed: 2019
  • Photo of Anders Fairbanks

    Anders Fairbanks 

    Associate Dean of Students | Mathematics Faculty
    415.409.3764
    Colorado College - BA
    San Francisco State University - Secondary Math Teaching Credential
    Year Appointed: 2014
  • Photo of Julian Islas

    Julian Islas 

    Mathematics Faculty
    415.430.3762
    Dominican College - M.S.E.
    Dominican College - B.A.
    Year Appointed: 1999
  • Photo of Jaime Lust

    Dr. Jaime Lust 

    Mathematics Faculty
    415.430.3730
    U.C. San Diego - Ph.D.
    U.C. San Diego - M.A.
    University of Washington - B.F.A.
    University of Washington - B.A.
    Year Appointed: 2017
  • Photo of Bob Thayer

    Bob Thayer 

    Mathematics Faculty
    415.430.3740
    Cal Poly San Luis Obispo - B.A.
    Year Appointed: 2016

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