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To all Juniors in Common Core Algebra II

If you are interested in taking AP Calculus next year, please click the headline above and read the following…

To all Juniors in Common Core Algebra II,

If you are interested in taking AP Calculus next year, please read the following…


Several of you have approached me about the possibility of skipping pre-calculus and enrolling in AP Calculus.  Unfortunately, the Common Core Algebra II curriculum is not sufficient preparation for a calculus course, and students would be at too much of a disadvantage if we allowed them to enroll in AP Calculus without satisfying the requirements of Pre-Calculus first.

Many students have also approached me about summer and online programs that would allow them to get credit for pre-calculus, thereby allowing them to take AP Calculus in September.  While this is possible, any program that you select must meet very strict criteria.

We will be offering summer pre-calculus courses here (2 classes), at BTHS, from July 8th through August 14th.  Bear in mind that Chancellor’s regulations require at least 90% attendance to receive credit for summer school courses.  You will be expected to attend class for a minimum of 3+ hours every day.  If you wish to sign up for this course, please fill out the form at the link below.  Due to limited resources, seats in the class will be selected based on math grades at Brooklyn Tech.  Applications must be submitted by May 31st, 2019. 

 http://www.bths.edu/apps/forms2/?f=14537

    If you want to participate in another program-online or otherwise-the course must include the following topics:
  • Trigonometry (including graphs of trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations, Law of Sines and Law of Cosines, trig form of complex numbers, DeMoivre’s Theorem)
  • Parametric Equations and Polar Curves
  • Sequences and Series (including convergence and divergence of infinite series)
  • Conic Sections
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Polynomial, Radical and Rational Functions
The course must account for at least 108 hours of instruction at an accredited site/institution.  Please e-mail me no later than June 14th, 2019 if you plan to complete a pre-calculus course somewhere else.

You must submit a certification of participation and a copy of your final exam to jjohnson3@schools.nyc.gov by Thursday, August 15th, 2019.

You will not be programmed for AP Calculus if you fail to complete any of these requirements.

James Johnson, AP of Mathematics
jjohnson3@schools.nyc.gov