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 a higher-level course
    You’ll develop a foundation for the language of mathematics by translating words into mathematical symbols and learning an expedient path to problem-solving. You’ll work collaboratively and investigate how to apply math to real-world situations.
  • Geometry: Studying Spatial Relations Through Reasoning

    • 10th-grade full year course
    • This course is required for graduation
    You will use inductive reasoning to formulate conjectures, utilize deduction to justify the validity of your conjectures and work collaboratively on investigations on the coordinate plane as well as in space as you study objects and their transformations.
  • Algebra 2: Building Fluency in the Language of Mathematics

    • 11th-grade full-year course
    • For 11th-graders seeking an accelerated version of this course, Drew offers Algebra 2 Trigonometry Honors
    • This course, or Algebra 2 Trigonometry Honors, is required for graduation
    You’ll 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 Honors: Navigating Through the Mathematical World of Functions

    • 11th-grade full year course
    • This course is an honors course for 11th-graders seeking an accelerated math curriculum
    In this accelerated class, you will explore the algebraic concepts and families of functions for both Algebra 2 and Precalculus in order to prepare for Calculus. If you excel in Algebra 1 and Geometry, this class is for you.
  • Discrete Math: The Art of Problem-Solving

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    You’ll 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 utility in the world around you.
  • Statistics Honors: Modeling Prediction

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    • If you find success in this class and are motivated to do additional prep work, you may choose to take the corresponding AP exam.
    You’ll 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. This course follows the AP Statistics curriculum.
  • Precalculus: Bridging Algebra, Geometry & Trigonometry Through Functions

    • 11th- and 12th-grade full-year academic elective
    You’ll 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
    Through a variety of in-class activities, you’ll discover the foundational calculus concepts of the study of change. 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
    • If you find success in this class and are motivated to do additional prep work, you may choose to take the corresponding AP exam
    You’ll 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. This course follows the College Board AP Calculus BC curriculum.

List of 6 members.

  • Marian Ferrara 

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

    Mathematics Faculty
    415.430.3762
    Dominican College - M.S.E.
    Dominican College - B.A.
    Year Appointed: 1999
  • 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
  • Jean-Paul Ouellette 

    Dean of Faculty | Science Faculty
    415.430.3760
    C.S.U. San Francisco - B.A.
    Year Appointed: 1998
  • Bob Thayer 

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

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