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Individual Math Faculty Pages

(Many faculty also have SchoolLoop webpages for the Lowell community requiring SchoolLoop login)

Mr Cohen

Mr Hoffman

Dr Statmore

Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

The SFUSD Math Placement Policy for incoming 9th graders

The School Board Math Placement policy which was approved June 14, 2016 is here. Some students may be able to take a Mathematics Validation Test (MVT), which is being controlled by and administered by the District.  Although the administrative regulation is not available, we are told that at least some incoming 9th graders will be receiving THIS (link) letter which provides guidance. 

Math Validation Test

The District will administer the Math Validation Test for those incoming freshmen authorized to take it on Saturday, May 12, and again on Saturday, August 25. Registration for the May 12 administration will be open from March 1 through April 28. For more information, see http://www.sfusdmath.org/math-validation-test.html.

Class of 2021 Students needing Geometry: Summer Option.

Although Lowell will allow students to double up in Geometry and Algebra 2 during sophomore year for a more comprehensive and sensibly paced learning of Geometry, the district will be offering a compressed and intense Geometry course this summer to a limited number of class of 2021 students from all SFUSD high schools. The course will meet at Galileo HS and John O’Connell HS from 8am to 2PM daily with homework every night and run from June 11 through July 20. While Lowell has not seen the curriculum from this “compressed” course and how many State standards it will teach, SFUSD says it will meet the high school geometry requirement and gives 10 units of high school math credit. All students who apply must have an A or B average in CCSS Algebra 1.   Applications will be available at www.sfusdmath.org web site.

 

Mathematics Department, Mr Tom Chambers, Department Head

The study of mathematics helps students to develop thinking skills, order their thoughts, develop logical arguments, and make valid inferences. The goal of all mathematics courses is to enable students to discern mathematical relationships, reason logically, and use mathematical techniques effectively to solve real-world problems.


Mission Statement

To ensure each student is placed where he/she has the tools necessary for success and to challenge all students to achieve their potential. Courses are standards-based and students master the standards prior to progressing.

 

Course List, Textbooks and text coverage

The Mathematics Department's Course List provides a listing and description of the classes at Lowell offered by the Mathematics Department along with prerequisites for prospective students. Here (updated Fall 2018) is a list of textbooks currently used with the sections covered by course semester.

 

The Mathematics Program

All entering ninth-grade students are tested for math placement. Placement is determined based on a combination of the mathematics placement test and/or the Algebra I California Standards Test that should be given in middle school. If students are unhappy with their initial placement, they may attempt to audit the higher course along with the course they were placed into and move into the more advanced course sequence should be successful in the audited course.  Entering the honors path after Accelerated Math 2H is difficult because honors math courses move at a much more rapid pace than regular math courses.