Mathematics Application & Placement
Students choose fromÂ twoÂ kinds of math courses
Is it a good idea for me to take a math course at ATDP when Iâ€™m planning to repeat the same course for credit next year back at my school?
No, and we strongly recommend against doing so. It usually is not in a studentâ€™s best interest to repeat the same material twice. The studentâ€™s time and effort are better spent pursuing a different course.
- Accelerated courses covering a full year of material in six weeksâ€”Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Precalculus, and AP Calculus AB. Students must be prepared to learn at a rigorous and intensive pace and to do many hours of demanding homework daily. Classes meet three days per week.
- Enrichment coursesÂ focusing on specific topics and areasâ€”Foundations of Algebra and Introduction to Geometric Thinking. The class pace is challenging but not rushed. These courses, which carry a recommendation of one semester of credit, help students gain a deeper understanding of math, become more well-rounded, and be better prepared for math classes at school. Classes meet two days per week.
If you are applying for Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trig, Precalculus, or AP Calculus AB:
- YouÂ mustÂ have aÂ grade of AÂ in your current mathematics class.
- You cannot repeat a math course you have already taken.
- Your Teacher Recommendation Form must be completed by yourÂ current mathematics teacher.
- You must take theÂ diagnostic examinationÂ given on Saturday, May 18, 2013.
I didnâ€™t learn as much as I would have liked in my math class this year. Can I repeat a math class at ATDP that I have already taken at my regular school?
No, we do not allow ATDP students to repeat math classes. Instead, we suggest that you consider taking a math elective for which you have completed the prerequisites or a course in another field of study.
For Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Precalculus or AP Calculus AB:Â Final course placement is contingent upon your diagnostic examination score.Â If you are unable to take the test on Saturday, May 18, the acceptance letter will provide instructions on scheduling a make-up test.
ATDP vs high school math curricula
- We do not allow students to repeat math classes at ATDP that they have already taken at their school.
- We recommend that students do not take a course at ATDP if they are planning to repeat the same course for credit next year at their school. It usually is not in a student’s best interest to repeat the same material twice; based on our past experience, a student’s time and effort are better spent in taking a course at ATDP for which he or she wants to receive credit.
- Instead of repeating math courses either at ATDP or at their school, we suggest that students consider taking ATDP math electives for which they have already completed the prerequisites.