The Mathematics program at Pius XI provides a high level of rigor through best practices. In this department, students learn the analytical and quantitative skills necessary for them to succeed in a 21st century economy.
Most students will begin in one of three classes: Accelerated Algebra, Algebra or Pre-Algebra. Incoming students can be placed into Accelerated Geometry upon successful completion of the Pius XI Algebra Skills Test.
“Preparation for the ACT is integrated throughout the math curriculum to provide students the greatest opportunity to perform at a high level on this test.”
Most colleges and universities require three or four years of college preparatory mathematics. Students are strongly encouraged to go beyond the minimum graduation requirement of three years.
The Math Program Enables Students to Develop the Ability to:
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Recognize regularity in repeated reasoning.
- Median test scores for Pius XI students on the AP Calculus exam were 4 out of a possible 5.
- 74% of the students taking the Advanced Placement exam received a score of 3 or higher.
- The math department was awarded a Phi Delta Kappa – Innovation and Impact Grant to integrate the use of MATLAB (a programming language for numerical computing) into junior level courses.
- Pius XI was one of only three schools chosen nationally for this grant.
- Technology is incorporated into all Geometry courses through the use of Geometer’s Sketchpad.
- The Pius XI Math Club – the Mathletes – participate in a variety of competitions including Trig Star and Wisconsin Math League contests.
- Prospective students are encouraged to participate in the 8th Grade Math Scholarship Competition.
Students are reminded that for those classes requiring a calculator, they need to purchase a TI-84+ (preferred) or a TI-84 Silver Edition Graphing Calculator.