All math classes at Nashua Catholic are leveled. There are three levels of classes: general math, advanced math, and honors math. It is a difficult task to place students where they will best achieve simply looking at their report card grades from their previous school. All schools focus on different topics in math and an “A” at one school does not translate to the same content and knowledge for an “A” at another school.
Therefore, all students will be expected to take a placement test in the spring to determine their placement for the fall. Typically, we have only one section of honors, and the other sections are equally split between advanced and general. All classes are at minimum on grade level, but by the end of eighth grade, our honors students are generally one full year ahead in math.
The honors class requires not just an exposure to, but a solid comprehension of certain key concepts, in a very fast paced environment. Not all students are ready for the rigor of this class.Our other two levels of classes cover the same material, just at different paces and to a different level of complexity. As a department, we strive to ensure that all students are placed in the “correct” level for their readiness.
MATHCOUNTS heightens student interest in mathematics by making math achievement challenging and exciting. Nashua Catholic students participate in regional MathCounts competitions.
Nashua Catholic offers its Science and Math Students an extended S.T.E.A.M. program which includes a number of speakers, activities, and experiments.