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High School Mathematics Courses and Pathways

The need for all students to study Mathematics is becoming more evident as society becomes increasingly technology dependent. Communication, connections, reasoning, problem solving, and technology are major strands in all mathematics courses. Courses in mathematics are worthwhile not only for students who plan to continue their education in college, but also for those students who plan to enter the work force immediately upon completion of high school.

High School Graduation Requirement

Students who successfully complete high school level mathematics courses prior to high school still need to earn 3 credits in mathematics, preferably in higher-level courses.

High School Graduation Recommendation

To ensure college readiness, 4 credits of high school mathematics coursework (including Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II) is a minimum requirement for students seeking admission to University System of Maryland institutions.

For a complete listing of high school course offerings, download the HCPSS Catalog of Approved High School Courses.

The graphic below is designed to illustrate Secondary Mathematics course pathways beginning in middle school.

Graphic: illustration of potential math pathways for students.

Notes for High School Course Pathways:

  1. Algebra I Seminar, Geometry Seminar, and Algebra II Seminar are elective credits to be taken together with their corresponding course.
  2. Algebra 2 and Algebra 2 G/T satisfy the transition course experience if taken in grade 12 with additional content modules.
  3. These courses serve as eligible transition mathematics courses for students in grade 12 who have not achieved College and Career Readiness by the end of the eleventh grade.
  4. Differential Equations G/T is an option for advanced mathematics students who have completed or are concurrently enrolled in AP CalculusC/Multivariate Calculus.
  5. Algebra 1 Assessment Mastery is a one-semester, elective course for students who have passed the Algebra I course and have not passed the Algebra I Assessment.
  6. A student may enroll in the one-semester SAT Prep in any sequence after the completion of high school Geometry.
  7. Financial Literacy counts as an elective credit but not as a mathematics credit.