Mathematics Application & Placement



Applying for an accelerated math course

If you are interested in taking an accelerated mathematics course (i.e., Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Precalculus: marked with the symbol), please note the following admissions requirements:

  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 18, 2019.

As noted above, acceptance and placement into all accelerated mathematics courses is contingent upon successful passing of a written diagnostic test. If you are unable to take the test on May 18, the acceptance letter will provide instructions on scheduling a date for a makeup test. Results will be mailed and posted online the week after testing.

Students who do not pass their placement test remain admitted to the program. We will work with these students to find a more suitable course placement. Please note that these additional admissions requirements pertain to students applying for accelerated mathematics courses only; they do not pertain to 5-unit math courses.

  • Students in Foundations of Algebra do need to take the diagnostic test on May 18, but their score will have no effect on their final placement.
  • There is no diagnostic test for Introduction to Geometric Thinking, Applied Mathematics, or AP Statistics.

The diagnostic test is for placement purposes only. Families may be informed of a total percentage score as it relates to placement criteria, but detailed results will not be available.


About ATDP math courses

Students choose from two kinds of math courses.

  1. Accelerated courses covering a full year of material in six weeksAlgebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Precalculus, and AP Statistics. 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 for six weeks.
  2. Enrichment courses focusing on specific topics and areas—Foundations of Algebra, Introduction to Geometric Thinking, and Applied Mathematics. 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 for six weeks or three days per week for four weeks.

ATDP vs high school math curricula

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.

We do not allow students to repeat math classes at ATDP that they have already taken at their school.