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Agnew, Morgan
Clark, Stella
Math Teacher
Foster, Halcyon
Lawrence, Kathryn
McCarthy, Jim
Millerick, Melissa
Reid, Amy
Swett, Karen


Math Honors Placement

Current 8th / Incoming 9th 

Current 8th graders who wish to enroll in Geometry Honors must earn an A in Algebra 1.



Current TL Students

If you are interested in Geometry Honors, Algebra 2 Honors (including the Double-Block course), or Pre-Calculus Honors, you must take the placement exam for the course. Though the testing process is open to all students, honors classes are ideal for students that love challenging mathematics course work and can justify their solutions to math problems clearly with words, diagrams, equations, and graphs.  These students are expected to complete on average 45 minutes to 1 hour nightly on homework, projects, and other supplemental work.  Students are expected to show perseverance in solving complex problems.  


Placement Test Sign-ups:

Sign up with your math teacher by Friday, March 1st, 2019.


Placement Test Details:

  • Bring ID with you.
  • All tests are 20 questions or less.
  • Support materials are available below. Use these BEFORE you take the test.
  • There is no extended time for any sitting.
  • If you are not happy with your score there is only one opportunity for a retake; see dates below.  This is also the only alternate testing date if you cannot make the first administration.
  • Your math teacher will notify you of testing location once you sign up.
  • You may leave when you have finished the test.


Placement Test: Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Option 1: Lunch (11:35 - 12:10)

Option 2: 7th Period (2:00 - 2:35)

Option 3: After 7th Period (3:45 - 4:20)

*It is expected that you take the placement test on this date.


Retake/Alternate Date: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

Option 1: Tutorial (10:00 - 10:35)

Option 2: Lunch (12:20 - 12:55)

Option 3: After School (2:45 - 3:20)

*This date is meant for anyone who did not pass the exam on the first administration and would like to try again.  Note that it is the only retake. (This date could also serve as the testing date for anyone who had an unforeseen absence on 3/19/19, however there will be no second administration of the exam after this.)


Study Materials:  (Although very representative, this is not an exhaustive list of skills)

Essential Skills for Placement in Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra 2 or the Double-Block Course

Essential Skills for Placement in Honors Pre-Calculus



The Mathematics Department at Terra Linda offers a variety of courses designed to meet each student’s needs and ability. 

  • Algebra Readiness (Course for English Learners only; supports given to become grade-level proficient)
  • Algebra A (1st Semester of Algebra 1, taken freshman year)
  • Algebra B P (2nd Semester of Algebra 1, taken sophomore year)
  • Algebra 1 P (Full course offered in 1 year)
  • Geometry P (Full year Geometry course with hands on focus and minimal emphasis on proofs)
  • Geometry Honors (Full year Geometry course for students interested in STEM pathway)
  • Intermediate Algebra 2 P (2nd year UC Algebra course for non-math/science pathway; Seniors have priority enrollment)
  • Algebra 2 P (2nd year UC Algebra course)
  • Algebra 2 Honors (2nd year UC Algebra course for Calculus pathway)
  • Algebra 2 Honors/Pre-Calculus Honors Double-Block Course (Exclusively for Juniors entering Algebra 2 interested in Calculus pathway; course requires 2 periods of math in scheduling, one odd period and one even period).
  • Pre-Calculus P (Intended for non-STEM majors; alternative to Statistics) 
  • Pre-Calculus Honors (Intended for STEM majors. Introduction to Calculus included)
  • Statistics P (Emphasis on probability and hands-on activities)
  • AP Calculus (Advanced Placement in College level Calculus AB course)
  • AP Statistics ((Advanced Placement in College level Statistics course)

Students must earn a C- or higher in the prerequisite course in order to advance.  More information about prerequisites can be found in the Terra Linda Curriculum Guide on the Counseling page.  Placement information can be found below.  


Sample Math sequences at TLHS


Example 1:

Algebra A → Algebra B → Geometry P → Intermediate Algebra 2

Example 2:

Algebra 1 → Geometry P → Algebra 2 P → Statistics or Pre-Calculus

Example 3:

Honors Geometry → Honors Algebra 2 → Honors Pre-Calculus → Calculus AB or AP Statistics

Example 4:

Algebra 1 → Geometry P → Alg 2 Honors/Pre-Calc Honors Double-Block → Calculus AB or AP Statistics

Example 5:

Algebra Readiness → Algebra A SDAIE → Algebra B SDAIE → Geometry P

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