Mathematics

Our Mathematics Department at Red Bank Regional High School provides students with a challenging, comprehensive course of study in mathematics. Freshmen are either placed in Algebra 1 or Geometry. Algebra 1 provides a challenging curriculum, establishing a firm foundation in the Algebra needed for success in subsequent courses. We also focus on helping students achieve success on the Algebra 1 End-of-Course exam, a NJ graduation requirement (starting with students enrolled in an Algebra 1 course in the 2010-2011 school year). Freshman placement will be determined by their previous math experiences, ASK 8 scores, and our placement tests. Incoming freshmen who have taken Algebra 1 in eighth grade will also take our placement tests and will need to submit the results of their Algebra End-of-Course exam to determine their placement in Algebra 1 or Geometry. In addition, any student who scores below 210 on the ASK 8 test or proves to be having difficulty in his/her current math course will be assigned to a mathematics focused Study Hall. This Study Hall will reinforce the concepts discussed in his/her current math course to ensure proficiency in math on the High School Proficiency Assessment and/or the Algebra 1 End-of-Course exam. After successful completion of an Algebra 1 course, students will take Geometry and Algebra 2 or Honors Algebra 2, building on their understanding of the relationship between algebraic and geometric concepts through both abstract and real-world applications. Students will continue to develop their inductive and deductive reasoning, communication skills, and problem-solving techniques. A select group of students also have the option of taking Algebra 2 and Geometry in the same year, based on their prior mathematics coursework. This allows them to take a second year of calculus or an alternate advanced math elective in their senior year. The majority of our students will then take Pre-Calculus, which provides essential concepts and skills of algebra, trigonometry, and the study of functions necessary for further study in mathematics. For the motivated sophomores, juniors, and seniors, Honors Pre-Calculus, 3 levels of IB Math, and AP Calculus are also offered. Some students, especially those interested in the Social Sciences, may elect to take our Statistics/Discrete Mathematics course. Applied Math is offered to those students who have completed Algebra 2 and are looking for success in taking college math placement tests as well as the SAT’s. Any senior needing to pass the HSPA is required to take HSPA Math, which is designed to develop the necessary mathematical and problem solving skills in order to pass the HSPA, a graduation requirement. It is our hope that the mathematics program will prepare the students at Red Bank Regional High School with the conceptual framework, practical application and analytical skills necessary to meet the needs of application to real-world problems, occupational uses, and their future study of mathematics.

Placement Factors

An incoming ninth grader's placement in Math is based on a combination of:
  • Eighth grade course at their respective school
  • RBR Placement tests
  • ASK 7 and 8 scores
  • Algebra 1 End-of-Course exam (if applicable)
  • Teacher recommendation