There’s a new way for high school students to learn math, as the new iMath curriculum blends algebra, geometry, and statistics. High school students will find that rather than getting past Algebra I in order to study geometry and statistics, the new approach will blend those divisions.
According to the Coachella Valley Unified School District, iMath 1 will be the foundation of a new integrated math curriculum, introducing lessons in a smoother and more logical order.
The curriculum will introduce lessons with a “smoother” and “more logical” order, according to the school district.
“Math is not compartmentalized. Math concepts should build upon each other,” said Chona Killeen, former director of secondary education in Coachella Valley Unified.
Next year, when these freshmen become sophomores, east valley high schools will move into the second phase of the curriculum shift, replacing geometry with iMath 2. The year after that, Algebra 2 will vanish in favor of iMath 3, and the transition to integrated math will be complete.
Students will still be able to take advanced classes — such as pre-calculus and statistics — in their senior year. Students can also start iMath 1 in middle school, if they are ready. Honors versions of the iMath classes will be offered also.
The integrated math curriculum was unanimously approved by the east valley school board in February, but it hasn’t been put into effect until now. The curriculum was adopted with support from a majority of east valley math teachers.
One of those teachers is Conrado Gonzalez, who has taught math at Desert Mirage High for a decade.
Gonzalez was originally wary of the new curriculum, but changed his mind after he realized that iMath classes delay many difficult lessons until students’ sophomore and junior years, allowing teachers enough time to ensure students grasp the basic mathematics concepts — on which all other lessons are built — during their freshman year.