As of 2009, 3 credits of math taken during the 9th through 12th grade years, including the successful completion of Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2, are now required for a high school diploma.  The eighth grade Algebra class may allow student to progress to Honors Geometry in the 9th grade, thus allowing these students to take AP Calculus in their senior year.  However, credit earned in the 8th grade does not count toward the math credit needed for graduation.  It is a high school credit and counts as an elective credit towards their accumulative credits needed for graduation. 

In order to select the best possible program, you should: 1) evaluate your mathematical potential; 2) assess your study plan for achieving your career objectives; and 3) seek planning assistance from a counselor and mathematics teacher.

View PAHS Curriculum Flow Chart here.

Course Descriptions:  See Program of Studies

Department Chair: Ms. Carol Jackson

Port Angeles School District Curriculum

Washington State Guidelines

Meeting the Math Graduation Requirement: All public high school students are required to meet statewide graduation requirements in order to earn a diploma. Specific graduation requirements exist for mathematics now and will change for the class of 2013 and beyond. (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction)

The Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) outline the learning standards for grades K-10 at three benchmark levels: elementary, middle and high school.

The Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) provide detail about what students should know and be able to do by grade level.

The PAHS mathematics program provides instruction for students with separate interests and abilities.  General principles, ideas, and techniques having a wide application are emphasized, since a student’s career choice is only tentative and the mathematical needs of careers are ever-changing.

With mathematics becoming increasingly important in virtually all facets of life, those students who have a solid background in high school mathematics have a considerable advantage both in college and in the job market over those who do not.  Basic arithmetic skills are essential for survival in today’s world.  Many apprenticeship programs and technical schools require basic algebra and geometry skills for entrance, and most four-year colleges now require that entering freshmen have had one year of geometry and two years of algebra in high school.  Students seeking careers in engineering, mathematics, or science related fields should plan a four-year program in mathematics.  Since a majority of all college majors require either one calculus course or one statistics course, those students who prepare themselves well by taking statistics or as much math as possible will have much wider opportunities after high school.  Even if a student does not ultimately use the specific material learned in mathematics classes, the logical thinking skills developed in those classes will provide lifelong benefits.