The Kimball Union mathematics curriculum prepares students for rigorous college mathematics course work requiring mathematical computation, analysis, and presentation. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving skills, understanding rather than memorizing, and use of the calculator as a tool rather than a crutch. Because the use of graphing calculators begins in Algebra I, and graphing calculator skills are an essential part of the content of all courses, each student is required to own either a TI-83+ or TI-84+ calculator. Because development of analytical and computational skills independent of calculators remains at the core of our mission, students at all levels are assessed both with and without calculators. Organization, neatness, accountability, and time management receive developmentally appropriate attention.
In order to satisfy the requirements for graduation, all students must successfully complete Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, or their equivalents. In addition, students who complete Algebra II before the start of senior year must meet the additional requirement of passing one of the following fourth-year courses: Computer Science, Probability, Statistics, and Finance, AP Statistics, or Precalculus.
Independent of graduation requirements, students are strongly encouraged to study mathematics each year at Kimball Union Academy. Students seeking to enroll in two mathematics courses concurrently must obtain approval from the Mathematics Department. Post-graduate students will be enrolled in a mathematics course that best matches their background, ability, and interest.