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.
Algebra 1 B
Algebra 1 XL
Algebra 2 (H)
Algebra 2 (H)
Algebra 2 B
Algebra 2 (H)
Calculus AP Calc AB AP Calc BC
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.
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.
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 the Math Department. 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.
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.
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!
Mr. Strawn graduated from Jesuit in 2004. He attended the University of San Diego, studying English, Philosophy, and Theology & Religious Studies, and began his teaching career three months after graduating in 2008. He earned his M.A. from CSU, Sacramento, in English Literature, and is currently working towards his B.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University. He is teaching Algebra 1, AP Computer Science Principles, and AP Computer Science A.
Prior to working at Jesuit, served in the Peace Corps from 1982 to 1985 in Zaire teaching math for 2 years and as a regional representative for one. Continued to work in Zaire with USAID from 1985 to 1991. Returned to the United States and moved back to Sacramento in December 1991.
The following is information for incoming freshmen. The link for criteria used for course placement is below. All freshmen are placed in Algebra 1 unless they pass a challenge exam. Information about the challenge exams is in the links below. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Math Department Chair, Judi Brown, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To prepare our students to meet the scope and pace of next year’s Precalculus and Precalculus Honors class, the Math Department requires that students complete an at home summer review program. The review will refresh Algebra 2 skills and assist in meeting the challenges of a variety of new topics that are encountered in Precalculus and Precalculus Honors. This is required.