Mathematics/Computer Science


The Mathematics/Computer Science Department provides an educational program in which our students develop the critical-thinking, problem-solving, computational, and active learning skills essential for responsible decision-making and a requirement for both career success and informed citizenship.

St. Mary Academy - Bay View provides a sequential and comprehensive curriculum that gives opportunities for all of our students to become creative, critical thinkers and skilled problem solvers who effectively use current technological tools. It is our goal as a department to provide the mathematical skills to solve problems in science, technology, and other fields.

The Mathematics core curriculum for all students will include topics in geometry, probability and statistics, as well as algebra with the appropriate use of technology in mathematics. All courses use the TI-Nspire CAS calculator, appropriate websites, online lectures, and support software. 

All students are strongly encouraged to complete four years of mathematics while at Bay View.  

To be well-educated and prepared for careers in a computing-intensive world, students must have a clear understanding of the concepts and practices of computer science. The Computer Science curriculum uses an inquiry-based approach, presenting open-ended problems in the context of computer science concepts and topics. These courses allow students to create and interact in a collaborative and cooperative atmosphere. Students become familiar with many ways in which computing enables innovation and they analyze the potential benefits and negative effects of computing in a number of contexts.

The sequence of courses is in place to increase students’ knowledge, confidence, and interest in Computer Science. These courses create a strong foundation and understanding for students no matter the course of studies they plan to follow after graduation. Ultimately, students will develop the skills necessary to select and utilize the appropriate technology for every task and to use all technology in an ethical manner.

All students in grades nine through twelve must earn a minimum of a .5 credit in a technology related course in order to satisfy graduation requirements.

Goals

Upon completion of the Mathematics Program students will be able to:

  • develop an understanding of mathematical processes, facts and concepts;
  • communicate mathematical ideas, processes, concepts and solutions graphically, algebraically, numerically and verbally;
  • use algebraic, geometric, inductive and deductive reasoning to solve problems;
  • use appropriate technologies to enhance the understanding of mathematics;
  • use mathematics to support and defend her conclusions in any discipline;
  • provide opportunities to recognize patterns, make generalizations and test the validity of the hypothesis;
  • demonstrate mathematical understanding through a variety of assessments;
  • use and extend the connections among mathematical topics, between mathematics and other disciplines and between mathematics and the real world;

Upon completion of the Computer Science Program students will be able to:

  • organize, analyze and interpret data in any form;  
  • introduce the fundamental concepts of computer science to all students;
  • connect computer science to appropriate real-world challenges as a means to; motivate and empower, promote individual growth, and spark a desire for life-long learning;
  • complement other disciplines and build upon develop student knowledge;
  • develop in students the skills, practices and knowledge to participate in a world that is increasingly influenced and shaped by technological advancements;
  • prepare students who can adapt prosper under constantly changing conditions;
  • interested students will be able to study facets of computer science in more depth and prepare them for entry into the workforce or college;

Mathematics Courses

Computer Science Courses

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