Understanding not just the how, but the why.

Critical thinking, deep understanding, and communication are the cornerstones of our mathematics program. We work hard to help our students feel positive about themselves and their relationship with mathematics, and we strive to develop persistent, confident, and creative problem solvers who see and appreciate both the beauty and the utility in mathematics.

"We see struggle as a positive force in learning. Students are able to think more deeply and make connections when they are given the time and opportunity to wrestle with challenging problems." Beth Menzie, department chair


Key Characteristics

  • A personalized approach, helping each student experience challenges and success through extra help, the math center, and a wide range of courses to choose from
  • An appropriate level of both intellectual challenge and success for every student
  • Group work that encourages persistence, communication and collaboration
  • The use of appropriate tools and technology

Curricular Highlights

The Math Center. The Math Center is staffed throughout the day by math faculty. Help is available to all students, regardless of grade or course level, in addition to the extra help already provided by their teachers.

Cutting-edge courses. In addition to the traditional courses leading to calculus, students have the opportunity to experience courses in the use of data and statistics and the mathematics of finance (applying mathematics to fields other than just engineering and science).

Robust participation. In the 2020-21 school year, all but four seniors are taking a full year of math, and 42 percent of the senior class has doubled up, taking two or more math classes in their final year.

"With help from the Penn Charter Math Center and supportive teachers, I was able to gain confidence in math and become an overall stronger student. This specific curriculum has helped me think outside of the box in mathematics and has pushed me to think deeply about each part of the material." David Garnick, Class of 2019

Graduation Requirements

The minimum requirements in mathematics are as follows: Students must satisfactorily complete Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and Precalculus or Functions and Trigonometry.

Beginning in the 9th grade, students must take at least seven semesters of mathematics, including a full year of Precalculus or Functions and Trigonometry. It is expected that these seven semesters will be taken consecutively.

The Penn Charter Mathematics Department attempts to provide each and every student with an appropriate level of both intellectual challenge and success. As student needs evolve, the department strives to meet these needs by adding new courses and experiences. In response to an increasing number of accelerated students, for example, we have recently added courses beyond AP Calculus, such as Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra, to our curriculum.

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