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Mathematics Department

Department Goals

The mathematics curriculum is based on the Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLR’s) for Jesuit High School. The five ESLR’s are the basic learning outcomes expected for each student upon graduation from Jesuit High School. These include being open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice. The development of each of these qualities is spread throughout the entire curriculum of Jesuit High School. Each of these outcomes is addressed within the mathematics curriculum of Jesuit High School, with particular emphasis on openness to growth and intellectual competence.

Scope and Sequence

Jesuit’s Math Curriculum is primarily aligned with the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics but recognizes that students come to Jesuit with a variety of math backgrounds.  The math department has thus adjusted its curriculum to ensure that students master the necessary content standards required for success in subsequent math classes.  Students at Jesuit follow a traditional pathway consisting of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 prior to advancing to more advanced coursework.  

To ensure that students are placed appropriately, Jesuit administers curriculum tests to in-coming freshmen students who have taken Algebra 1 and/or Geometry in middle school and are hoping to advance to Geometry or Algebra 2.   Final placement is determined by curriculum testing results, HSPT scores, middle school math grades, and teacher recommendations.

The B track courses help those students who benefit from courses that go at a slower pace.

The XL and Honors courses are aimed at students who benefit from courses that go at a faster pace and cover more material than the regular courses. 

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior

Algebra 1 B
Algebra 1
Algebra 1 XL

Geometry
Geometry XL
Algebra 2 (H)

Geometry B
Geometry
Geometry XL

Algebra 2
Algebra 2 (H)
Pre-Calc (H)

Algebra 2 B
Algebra 2
Algebra 2 (H)
Pre-Calc (H)

Precalculus
Calculus           AP Calc AB   AP Calc BC

Finan. Algebra
Pre-Calculus Statistics
Pre-Calc (H)
Calculus           AP Calc AB   AP Calc BC

As students progress through Jesuit, they may move up or down a level depending on their academic performance in mathematics.. If a student achieves A+ in the B track, he can move to regular. Similarly, if a student achieves A+ in the regular track, he can move to Honors. If a student is struggling in the level he is in, he can move down to the appropriate course.

Faculty

Antonia Doherty
Mathematics & Department Chair

Experience: 

  • 1993-1999: 6 years Mathematics teaching in England ages 11 to 18, teaching at Eccesbourne School in Derbyshire and All Saints R.C. School in Mansfield. 
  • 1999-2002: 3 years teaching Mathematics at Moreau Catholic High School in the Bay Area. 
  • 2002-present: Jesuit High School.
Faculty

Judi Brown
Mathematics

Since obtaining my teaching credential in 1987, I’ve taught various combinations of math and science. Most recently I taught in the math department at St. Francis HS. I also taught overseas, in Ghana, as a member of the Peace Corps. I love teaching math and am passionate about the importance of critical thinking and analysis in today’s world. When I’m not at Jesuit, my husband Jerome and I enjoy time with our three kids (Chloe, Nat and Marcus) who attend St. Mary, our parish school.

Faculty

Chris Chandley, ‘93
English, Mathematics, Yearbook

Mr. Chandley is a proud alumnus of Jesuit High School (Class of ‘93). After graduating from Cornell University, he began his teaching career at St. John the Evangelist K-8 school in 1998, and he has worked at Jesuit since 2001, teaching a wide variety of courses in both the English and Math Departments. Additionally, he is the Faculty Adviser for the Cutlass, the student-created yearbook. He has absolutely loved his Jesuit experience, both as a student and as a teacher. 

Faculty

Rod Jett
Social Sciences, Mathematics & Track and Field

A Sacramento native, Rod graduated from Hiram Johnson High School in 1984, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989. While at Cal, Rod was a three time All-American in the high hurdles. Rod competed professionally in track and field from 1989-1997, going to the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1988, 1992, and 1996. Rod began teaching and coaching in 1997 working at Sheldon High School (Elk Grove) and St, Mary’s High School (Berkeley) before coming to Jesuit in 2002. Rod currently teaches U.S. History and Global Studies.

Faculty

Kimberly Pell
Mathematics

A Sacramento native, Kimberly graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1989 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After several years working as an environmental consultant for Jones & Stokes Associates in Sacramento, Kimberly returned to college, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from California State University, Sacramento in 1998. Upon graduation, Kimberly joined the faculty of Jesuit High School and has been having an excellent time with her students ever since!

Faculty

Aimee Staats
Mathematics

Education:

  • B.S., Computer Science – CSU San Bernardino, 2002 
  • M.Ed., Mathematics Education – CSU Sacramento, 2007

Moderator/Coach:

  • Cyberpatriot Club 
  • National Honors Society 
  • Robotics Arduino Club 
  • Software Engineering Club 
  • Super Smash Brothers Club

First year working at Jesuit: 2014

Faculty

Justin Tsai
Mathematics, Physics

Education:

  • BA Mathemaics-CSU Sacramento, 2004 

Moderator:

  • Business Investments Club
  • Robotics Arduino Club 
  • Operation Smile Club 
  • Software Development Club 
  • CyberPatriot Club

First Year at Jesuit: 2009

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