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Topic: AP Calculus Question
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Evan Romer

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Registered: 1/8/09
Re: AP Calculus Question
Posted: Oct 9, 2013 6:25 PM
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We allow students to double up in Precalc and AP Calc (with teacher
recommendation). We have 1 to 3 do this each year. Only in rare cases
(twice in 18 years?) have we allowed students to skip Precalc (for
example, can't fit Precalc into their schedule AND he or she is a very
able student). Even doubling up, they have gaps, and as the AP teacher
every so often I have to tell the doubler(s) they need to come in to
learn a topic they haven't seen yet -- and as students, they have to
be willing to come in for help when needed, even when there isn't a
clear-cut gap but they feel they're not getting something.

Evan Romer
Susquehanna Valley HS
Conklin NY

On Oct 9, 2013, at 6:07PM, wrote:

> Hi. I know many of you are busy and overwhelmed with the Common
> Core so I do appreciate input or advice.
> I was wondering under what circumstances do other NY schools allow
> students to take Algebra 2 Trig , skip a Pre Calculus course, and
> take AP Calculus either as a junior or senior? My school offers 2
> different Pre Calculus ( I teach the IB one) course so there is a
> math course students can take that really prepares students for
> advanced algebra and allow them to take AP Calc in their senior
> year. There seems to be a debate at my school and, as a pre
> calculus teacher, I am on the loosing end of it . I tend to worry
> often, but with the Common Core, won't their be gaps in concepts
> (such as Trigonometry) to prepare students for the rigor of
> Calculus. Thanks for your input!
> Luisa Duerr
> Binghamton High School
> an IB Diploma School

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