IB math classes introduce new course alternatives

The IB math department will implement course changes next year, replacing existing post-Algebra 2 classes.
The new curriculum will include two pathway options. After the completion of Algebra 2 with Trigonometry or Pre-Calculus, a student can choose to take either IB Math Analysis and Approaches or IB Math Applications and Interpretation.
“When I took Algebra 2 there was no option to go to an IB class next year without taking Trigonometry over the summer,” sophomore Kendall Hymes said.
International Baccalaureate (IB) courses go under review every seven years.
“The curriculum came out in the beginning of February, so [the department] still has a lot of questions,” math teacher Judy Greenblum said. “[IB Math Studies] is currently a one-year class, but [next year] it will be two years.”
Despite these changes, IB math courses will still focus on skills like analysis, statistical literacy and algorithmic thinking and inquiry.