Mathematics Application & Placement

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Students choose from two kinds of math courses

Is it a good idea for me to take a math course at ATDP when I’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 student’s best interest to repeat the same material twice. The student’s time and effort are better spent pursuing a different course.

  1. Accelerated courses covering a full year of material in six weeksAlgebra 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.
  2. Enrichment courses focusing on specific topics and areas—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.

Application Prerequisites

If you are applying for Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trig, Precalculus, or AP Calculus AB:

  1. You must have a grade of A in your current mathematics class, and a strong academic profile overall.
  2. You cannot repeat a math course you have already taken.
  3. Your Teacher Recommendation Form must be completed by your current mathematics teacher.
  4. You must take the diagnostic examination given on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Placement Requirements

I didn’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: Final course placement is contingent upon your diagnostic examination score. If you are unable to take the test on Saturday, May 17, 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.