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Mathematics

The only Department that really counts!

The mission of the Mountain Pointe Mathematics Department is to provide students with the mathematical and critical-thinking skills needed to excel in today’s diverse society. We are committed to making mathematics purposeful for students by offering a rigorous and relevant curriculum, and we believe in utilizing appropriate technology to enhance understanding. We are committed to professional development based on educational research to provide effective and thoughtful teaching practices.


The Mountain Pointe Mathematics Department goes to great lengths to provide the finest learning environment for its students. In conjunction with the Maricopa County Community College district, we have been able to offer college credit to our high school students taking our higher level classes during the normal school day. This allows many of our students to graduate high school with a college transcript as well as a high school diploma. Under the direction of principal Bruce Kipper and department chair Dan Ray, Mountain Pointe boasts of one of the finest math departments in the state of Arizona.
 
2012-2013 Mathematics Department Goals
  • The Math department will raise the pass rate from 70% to 75% on the 2013 AIMS test by implementing the following three strategies:
    •  The Math teachers will use formative assessments to identify weaknesses in the areas of Number Sense, Numerical Operations, Estimation, and Algebraic Representation and use interventions to improve learning.
    • The Math teachers will use Next Navigator to create performance assessments in the areas of Number Sense, Numerical Operations, Estimation, and Algebraic Representation.
    • The Math department will share the 2012-2013 areas of focus with the entire school so that several departments can integrate these concepts into their lessons and assignments.
  • To prepare for the full implementation of the AZ Common Core for the 2013-2014 school year, the Math department will spend 50% of the content PLC time aligning the current Math courses with the AZ Common Core Standards. 
  • The Math department is focusing on real-world projects and labs as a way to raise the rigor and relevance of the curriculum. Each Math teacher will implement at least one real-world project or lab per semester in each of his or her courses during the 2012-2013 school year.

 

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Why Mountain Pointe Mathematics?

The curriculum offered in mathematics is the best in the state of Arizona.

We offer:
  • 3 AP courses
  • 9 courses for honors credit
  • 9 courses for community college concurrent credit 
  • Honors Computer Programming
  • Courses designed to help students pass the AIMS test that count towards the graduation requirement of 4 credits
  • The Rigor & Relevance necessary to be successful in every course taken.
Mathematics Teachers at Mountain Pointe:

Hands down, the mathematics teachers at Mountain Pointe High School are the best the Tempe Union High School District has to offer. There are currently 15 teachers in the department who are dedicated to their student’s success. 80% of the teachers have Master’s degrees or above and the remaining teachers are in the process of completing their advanced degree. 70% of our teachers are qualified to teach mathematics courses at the community college. We believe mathematics needs to be relevant to the real world as well as fun!

Did you know...

By getting one year ahead in math any student can take AP Calculus or AP Statistics their senior year at Mountain Pointe?

Mountain Pointe High School was rated #1 in the district and one of the top schools in the state by A.S.U.’s study on college readiness in mathematics?http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2009/01/20/20090120ready0119.html

Mountain Pointe competes in and wins many mathematics competitions?

Most advanced students can complete all three semesters of Calculus before they graduate? (Saving $120 on a book used for one semester! This is not an option at many schools.)
Department Highlights:

Mu Alpha Theta: The Mu Alpha Theta National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society was founded in 1957 by Dr. Richard V. Andree and his wife, Josephine Andree, at the University of Oklahoma. In Andree's words, Mu Alpha Theta is "an organization dedicated to promoting scholarship in mathematics and establishing math as an integral part of high school and junior college education". The name Mu Alpha Theta was constructed from the Greek lettering for the phonemes m, a, and th. Mountain Pointe High School is proud to have their own chapter of Mu Alpha Theta. See Mr. Hitsman for further information.

Math League: Mountain Pointe High School participates in the Math League Competitions. Math League's High School Contests are the best in high school mathematics competition. Students in each league compete for the highest scores, while schools compete for the highest team score: the total of the top 5 scores in each school. These contests consist of 6 High School Contests each year, with 6 questions per contest. There are 6 score reports per year for each league, showing each participating school's team scores, high scoring schools and students, and students with a perfect score. Each score report is accompanied by a newsletter, which includes comments and alternate solutions from teachers and students. All high school students in accredited schools are welcome to compete. Problems draw from a wide range of high school topics: geometry, algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, series, sequences, exponents, roots, integers, real numbers, combinations, probability, coordinate geometry, and more. No knowledge of calculus is required to solve any of these problems. Detailed solution sheets demonstrate the methods used to solve each problem, including various approaches where appropriate. Working through these problems and our contest problem books is excellent practice for the SAT and college-bound students.