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Honors Placement Test Update 4/15/20

Dear TL Students,

    You did a WONDERFUL job with the Honors Math Placement module in Canvas.  Bravo!  Your class choices have been sent to your counselors and should be reflected in your schedule for next year.  Thank you for all your efforts.

Stay safe and healthy,

The TL Math Department 

Honors Placement Test Update 3/31/20

Dear TL Math Family,

    We are now up and running!  We have created a module in Canvas called "Math Honors Testing."  Everyone who signed up to take an Honors Placement Test should have received an invitation to join the course. 

     In the course, you will need to go to the module representing the test you signed up for.  In other words,

  • If you're currently in Algebra 1, you will choose the Honors Geometry Module.
  • If you're currently in Geometry, you will choose the Honors Alg 2 and HAlg2/HPre-Calc Double Block Module.
  • If you're currently in Algebra 2, you will choose the Honors Pre-Calculus Module.

    Go to the instructions module first.  After all the steps in the module are completed you will be asked to submit your course request to you counselor (via Canvas) no later than 5pm on Monday, April 13th.

     If you are positive you signed up for a placement test but did not receive the invitation, please send Mrs. Reid an email with your full name and what test you had signed up for (

    Thank you again for your flexibility and, again, please stay safe and healthy and take care of each other!


The Math Department

Honors Placement Test Update 3/26/20

Dear TL Math Family,

    Our honors math placement test procedures (detailed below) will obviously not be proceeding exactly as planned.  Our biggest priority as a department right now is to make sure all of our students and families are safe, healthy, and have the basics for access to remote learning such as a computer and internet.  We are eternally grateful for your patience as we take care of those who need our help the most right now and will soon have a more concrete plan of how to handle honors math placement.

   We remain committed to helping each family make the most informed decision possible about placement in next year’s math course.  We still plan to find a way to help each student study for their placement test and receive a recommendation from the math department.  While these plans are still firming up, please continue to study the materials linked below so that you are fully prepped and know what to expect when we are able to launch new materials to you.

    Thank you again for your understanding and please check back for updates; we will get them to you as soon as we can.  Most importantly, stay safe and healthy and take care of each other!


The Math Department

Honors Math Placement Procedures

Who can sign up for Honors math courses?

            Honors math courses are open to everyone!  All students MUST take a placement exam prior to entry (study materials can be found below).  The math department will make a recommendation about the most appropriate course level based on the results of the placement exam.  Students who are not recommended to the honors course based on test score may still choose to take the course and will receive remediation information and support form the math department.  In those instances, a waiver process must be followed.  

How are Honors courses different?

            Do you love the elegance of mathematics? Does it make you happy that there is always more than one way to approach a math problem and yet the answer should make sense from every angle?  Do you love being given something to ponder, without always being told what the answer is? So do we!  And an Honors math class might be right for you.

            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.  The pace is faster and the problems are more challenging. These students are expected to spend an average of 45 minutes to 1 hour nightly on homework, projects, and other supplemental work.  Students are expected to show perseverance in solving complex problems.  Students especially interested in a STEM career should consider enrolling in Honors.

So what do I have to do?

  1. Choose the “College Prep” version of the course you’d like to take on your Course Request Form (due to your counselor by Friday, February 14th).

  2. Sign up for a Placement Test with your math teacher (sign up sheets available by 1/21/20).

  3. Study for the exam using the materials found at the bottom of this website.

  4. Get help before the exam on difficult topics.


Placement Test Sign-up Deadline:

Deadline to sign up is Friday, March 13th, 2020.

Sign-ups open Tuesday, January 21st, 2020.  You will sign up with your current math teacher.


Placement Test Details:

  • Bring ID with you.

  • All tests are 20 questions or less.

  • Study materials are available below. Work through these BEFORE you take the test.

  • There is a time limit for the exam.

  • Your math teacher will notify you of your testing location once you sign up.

  • You may leave when you have finished the test.

  • There are no retakes for the exam.


Study Materials: 

Although very representative, this is not an exhaustive list of skills.  Also, please feel free to pursue more resources on your own!

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

Essential Skills for Placement in Honors Pre-Calculus


Placement Test Dates & Times:

Tuesday, March 31

Wednesday, April 1

Option 1:  Lunch

Seats available: 95

Time: 11:35 – 12:10

Option 1:  Tutorial (Period 7 Tutorial)

Seats available: 60

Time: 10:00 – 10:35

Option 2:  7th period

Seats available: 36

Time: 2:00 – 2:35

Option 2:  Lunch

Seats available: 95

Time: 12:20 – 12:55

Option 3:  After School (after 7th period)

Seats available: 70

Time: 3:45 – 4:20

Option 3:  6th Period

Seats available: 90

Time: 1:05 – 1:40


       Let us know how we can support you in the Honors Placement Process!


Agnew, Morgan          Statistics & Probability, AP Computer Science Principles

Anderson, Michael     Algebra 1, Algebra 2

Foster, Hallie               Geometry, Geometry HP, PreCalculus HP

Lawrence, Kathryn     Algebra 1, Algebra 2 HP

McCarthy, Jim             Algebra B, PreCalculus, AP Calculus AB

McDonald, Kevin       Algebra A, Algebra Readiness

Millerick, Melissa       Algebra 2, Algebra 2 HP/PreCalculus HP Block, PreCalculus HP

Reid, Amy                   AP Statistics, Algebra B SDAIE, Algebra 1

Saura, Karen              Algebra A SDAIE, Intermediate Algebra 2

Wilson, Timothy         Geometry


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Free Math Tutoring!

Free tutoring is available with math teacher, Mr. McCarthy!  

When: Every Tuesday and Thursday, from 3:45 - 5pm

Where: TL Library


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  (2nd Semester of Algebra 1, taken sophomore year)
  • Algebra 1  (Full course offered in 1 year)
  • Geometry (Full year Geometry course)
  • Geometry Honors (Full year Geometry course for students interested in STEM pathway; emphasis on Coordinate Geometry and proofs)
  • Intermediate Algebra 2 (2nd year UC Algebra course for non-math/science pathway; Seniors have priority enrollment)
  • Algebra 2 (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 (Intended for STEM or non-STEM majors. May be a terminal course; can also serves as an alternative to Statistics) 
  • Pre-Calculus Honors (Intended for STEM majors and students who will be taking Calculus)
  • Statistics (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 should 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.   


Sample Math sequences at TLHS


Example 1:

Algebra A → Algebra B → Geometry  → Intermediate Algebra 2

Example 2:

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

Example 3:

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

Example 4:

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

Example 5:

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