#### Our Goal

The goal of the Seattle Prep Math Department is to place students in the most appropriately challenging mathematics courses to ensure success.

#### Our Process

**Teacher Recommendation:** The teacher recommendation is the crucial element for course placements each year and decisions are made on an individual basis. In the winter of each school year, math teachers make their recommendations for each continuing student for the next appropriate math class based on the student’s performance in class. We recognize that placement decisions happen in the middle of the school year when students still have several months of study remaining in their current course. This is factored into our decision.

**Honors/AP Calculus Placement:** The Math Department does not require an application to for Honors/AP placement. Instead, students need to earn a qualifying grade in their current course and must have the recommendation of their teacher. In order to be __considered__ for an Honors or AP Calculus class, students must have a qualifying grade, defined as:

- An overall grade of B+ or above in an Honors course.
- An overall grade of A in a regular level course.

Even with a qualifying grade, teachers may not recommend an Honors or AP placement based on their knowledge of an individual student’s skills and strengths.

**Jumping Ahead:** Juniors in Honors Algebra 2/Trigonometry or Precalculus who wish to be considered for a course higher than their normal path would indicate may be approved to take a summer course and a proficiency exam to be placed into Calculus or AP Calculus AB.

**AP Statistics Placement:** Any student who has studied Algebra 2/Trigonometry or beyond may take AP Statistics during senior year.

**Communication:** Recommendations are sent to each student and to his/her parents. In exceptional cases a student may be granted the opportunity to move to a class other than the one recommended by their teacher. An appeals process is in place for those who wish to be considered for a different class than what was recommended.