Math Academy

 

I was in Algebra 1 as a freshman and thought I would only be able to get to Precalculus by senior year. In the Summer Program, I was able to accelerate through Geometry to the next level of math. I am very happy that I decided to do it.
Gunnar
student from vermont

Looking to accelerate your progression in high school mathematics?

Our upper level courses maintain the qualities and curriculum standards of The Loomis Chaffee School and are taught at an accelerated pace in order to cover the required material. If you maintain a strong pattern of achievement and share our deep appreciation for the abstract beauty of mathematics, then these are the courses for you!

Course Offerings

Students enrolling in a Math Academy course with the goal of earning credit or accelerating through their high school’s math curriculum must contact the appropriate individual (e.g. principal or mathematics department chair) at their school for approval in advance of taking the course.

Courses are taught at an accelerated pace in order to cover the required material. Our courses maintain the qualities and curriculum standards of The Loomis Chaffee School. However, we are unable to guarantee credit or acceleration at another institution. Therefore, it is the responsibility of each family to notify their school to ensure approval if the student meets course expectations. At the conclusion of the course, families will receive a written comment from the teacher including the student’s grade average for the course and the student’s score on the final proficiency test to present to his or her school for consideration.

Calculus A: Introduction to Limits and Derivatives

Prerequisite: Precalculus
Duration:  3 weeks
; June 24 – July 13

Calculus A is designed for talented and committed math students who have the desire to accelerate from Advanced Precalculus to CL Calculus BC pending satisfactory performance in the class and successful completion of the departmental exam before fall term begins. Calculus A is a not a credit-bearing course. The intensive course meets for three class periods per day and closely follows The Concept Outline set by The College Board. The core topics covered in this course are Limits (and continuity) and Derivatives. The students learn to find limits and derivatives numerically, graphically, and algebraically. The course also emphasizes usage of those techniques in applied context.

Calculus C: Advanced Topics in First Year Calculus

Prerequisite: Calculus AB
Duration:  3 weeks
; June 24 – July 13

Calculus C is designed for talented and committed math students who have completed CL Calculus AB and desire to complete the CL Calculus BC curriculum. Students who aspire to accelerate to CL Multivariable Calculus must demonstrate satisfactory performance in the class and successful completion of the departmental exam before fall term begins. Calculus C is a not a credit-bearing course. The intensive course meets for three class periods per day and closely follows The Concept Outline set by The College Board (topics are marked by BC designation). This course covers topics in single variable differential and integral calculus typically found in a first-year college Calculus II course. The core topics covered in this course are Sequences and Series, techniques of integration and application of derivatives and integrals to parametric and polar functions. The course also emphasizes usage of those techniques in applied context.

Geometry

Prerequisite: Algebra 1
Duration:  5 weeks
; June 24 – July 27

Geometry is an intensive course that covers all topics taught in a full year of Geometry at Loomis Chaffee (LC). The course prepares students for the LC end-of-year departmental exam. Pending satisfactory performance on the exam, students can earn academic credit (and meet this diploma requirement) thereby accelerating to the next course in their progression in the fall. This course maintains an accelerated pace in order to cover a full academic year course load in five weeks. Therefore, the course is designed for students who have a pattern of high achievement in mathematics, and who are recommended for advancement by the math department at their school. Students will immerse themselves in Geometry for three periods per day for the five-week term. 

Geometry students are privy to all extracurricular programming in our Enrichment Program and may also opt, at an additional cost, to take our SAT or SSAT Prep course. Students returning to the LCSP can participate in our Common Good Leadership Program.

What can you do after class each day? 

Math Academy students can enjoy all aspects of Summer Program life when classes end.

Calculus A and Calculus C are three-week courses. Day students generally go home after Period 3. Extended day and boarding students are free during Period 4 and are usually found playing ping pong in the Scanlan Center or frisbee in the quad, after which they attend recreational athletics at 4pm and dinner at 5:30pm.

Geometry is a five-week course, which allows for even more options each day. During Period 4, students are either free or they can elect to take our SAT or SSAT Prep course at an additional cost. Students returning to the LCSP can participate in our Common Good Leadership Program. Day students would then depart at 4 p.m. while Extended day and boarding students participate in recreational athletics, dinner, and evening activities.

A Typical Day

(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

  8:30 a.m.
Period 1 — Math Academy (Geometry, Calculus A, or Calculus C)
 
  9:55 a.m.
Morning Meeting
 
  10:45 a.m.
Period 2 — Math Academy
 
  12 p.m.
Lunch
 
  1:20 p.m.
Period 3 — Math Academy
 
  2:45 p.m.
Period 4 — Common Good Leadership (returning students only), Optional Standardized Test Prep Course (Geometry students only), or a Free Period
 
  4 p.m.
Day Students Depart
 


“Extended” Day and Boarding Students

  4:15 p.m.
Recreational Athletics
 
  5:30 p.m.
Dinner
 
  6 p.m.


"Extended" Day Students: Departs by 6 p.m.

Boarding Students: Fun with Friends!

  7:30 p.m.
Dorm check-in, study hall, evening activities