This page is for specific information specifically about registration for math classes
The NSHS Registration page will have general information about the registration process.
MATH AND COMPUTER SCIENCE COURSE REGISTRATION
All new students should contact our school registrar. Once your paperwork has been completed, you will be invited to take a math placement test with the mathematics department chair. This is usually coordinated as students register, but we do also hold specific testing dates in May and June (dates TBD and will be posted here) when the majority of our new students are registering. If you have questions about our course offerings, please contact the math department chair.
Students coming from Brown and Oak Hill will receive recommendations from their current math teachers. Please refer to our course information pages for more details about the differences in pathways and the supports that the various pathways provide for students as they build their student, problem solving and mathematical skills. Students entering honors are expected to have very strong problem solving skills, so they are ready to tackle new topics almost immediately. As we move to other pathways, the level of review and support in developing problem solving skills increases. Most of the students in the honors and accelerated track will have the opportunity to study calculus as seniors. Students in ACP and CP will leave NSHS with a strong foundation in precalculus, and ready to tackle any college calculus class they choose to take.
Current NSHS Students:
Registration occurs in March. Your current math teacher will talk with you about your options and provide you with a recommendation. In addition to recommendations, teachers may say they will "Review in June". This means that they are waiting to see how you do in term 3 and 4 before making a final recommendation.
For sophomores, the choices are straight forward. Juniors have many more options as they are preparing for senior year. Please look at the course information page, and talk to your current math teacher about your options, their pre-requisites, and what they think would be a good option for you. You may also talk with the math department chair about broader questions.
Computer Science Recommendations:
Incoming freshmen and any upperclassman can register for Intro to Computer Programming (650) on their own. Recommendations for other computer science classes come from your current math or computer science teachers.
CHANGING MATH PATHWAYS
We strongly support and believe in student growth. To that end, we also acknowledge that students may start in one pathway as a freshman, and build their student skills to a point where more challenge is appropriate for them.
*please note: our process has temporarily changed due to current circumstances with covid 19* Changes are indicated below in red.
Requirements for being recommended to try a more challenging course:
- A grade of A/A- on all terms, and the midyear exam, and problem solving skills that are stronger than what is required of the class
- Teacher recommendation and a completed "move-up" application (available at the beginning of March)
- A plan to self study during the Spring semester with the support of school resources such as the math center and J block.
- Maintain performance and engagement in the your current class
- Passing a placement test in June, with a score of 90% or higher
How do I know if I should change pathways
Most changes are teacher driven. This means that teachers will approach students about potentially moving up. If you are finding that you are getting A's without a lot of effort, and want more of a challenge, talk with you teacher about what they are noticing and what they think. Students may not get self-study materials without a teacher recommendation.
Big Dates to Remember
- Mid-May - Applications will be available for students
- Beginning of June - Materials are available (either online or packet-based still TBD)
- Over the summer- Students are self-studying the materials provided
- August 19th - Students take a placement test, and students who show 90% or higher mastery of content and skills will have their schedules changed before the first day of school
We do not advocate for students to skip a course in any math pathway, because all of our courses cover much more than content, and we believe that engaging in the collaboration and discussions we have in class strengthens problem solving skills that are essential for success in calculus. If you are looking for more math challenge during the course of the year, talk to your teacher about enrichment oportunities they have, joining the math team, or taking math competition exams hosted by the math department.
If you are looking for ways to engage in math exploration over the summer, but not necessarily to skip a year of math, there are many STEM camps and courses available to high school students through many of our local universities and colleges. You can also check out some of the resources posted on our math and computer science resource page.