Course Selection for Math & Computer Science

Guidelines for course selection in math

Your math teacher will inform you if you are being recommended for a level other than your current trajectory (i.e. if you are in MA350Y and they are recommending you for MA380Y, they would let you know; if they are recommending you for MA350Y they will not). If you have any questions about your placement, please reach out to your current math teacher.

Summer study

If you plan on doing work this summer to advance in the Hotchkiss math curriculum, you must follow particular steps, as emailed by Mr. Almeida, Head of the Math and Computer Science Department.  In brief, if you are planning any summer work in math with the goal of placing out of a course or with the goal of moving up to the honors track, you will need to fill out THIS APPLICATION FORM by June 1, 2024.  But first, you should: 

Please note, it is rare for even a strong math student to be able to learn and process an entire year's worth of material over a few weeks in the summer.    

Students will need to take a condition exam to place out of a math class.  Your course enrollment for next year will be adjusted to the higher level course only if you show mastery of the material on the condition exam. Exams will be proctored on campus during the opening days of school.

Please make sure to fill in the form linked above even if you have already talked about your plans with your math teacher or with the math department head. If your plans change, you are welcome to resubmit this form.  Please provide as much detail as possible when submitting the form.

Please be in touch with Mr. Almeida if you or your parents have any questions. Thank you! 

Math sequence

The flow chart below shows the sequence of math courses at Hotchkiss. Most students are recommended for the next course in the sequence, but your math teacher – in consultation with the head of department – might have alternate recommendations. Note that transitions between the 300- and 400-level courses, as well as those between higher levels, require the approval of the head of the math department. Please email Mr. Almeida directly if you would like to take a course not currently recommended by your math teacher.

Students in MA120Y or MA150Y who have geometry credit from their previous school will enroll in a 300-level course (MA320Y or MA350Y). If you have questions about whether you have geometry credit, please ask the head of department.