The Mathematics Department
The goals of the Mathematics Department in Levittown Public Schools are to inspire a keen interest in mathematics, promote the enjoyment of mathematics, and develop strong scholarship in the subject so that students can connect classroom mathematics and statistics to everyday life, work, and decision-making.
Middle School Mathematics:
- In Grade 6, instructional time should focus on five areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; (4) deepening understanding of area, surface area and volume; and (5) developing understanding of simple probabilities and statistical thinking.
- In Grade 7, instructional time should focus on three areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; and (3) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.
- In Grade 8, instructional time should focus on three areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.
High School Mathematics:
- All students must complete four credits of Mathematics and pass the Algebra I Regents exam to meet Levittown graduation requirements for a Regents Diploma. To obtain an Advanced Regents Diploma, students must also pass the Geometry course/Regents exam as well as the Algebra II course/Regents exam.
- Elective courses and college credit courses (College Board Advanced Placement and SUNY Farmingdale) are also offered.