The Temecula Valley Unified School District requires the completion of 3 years of math in order to graduate. The State of California requires that a student complete a course of Algebra or higher.
Student Mathematics requirements at Great Oak High School:
- 3 years of Math
- Pass Algebra 1 or higher
The Math Department at Great Oak High School is committed to the academic success of your child. One of the key factors in that commitment is proper placement. The best placement tool that we have in the Temecula Valley Unified School District is the Teacher Recommendation. We have a very high pass rate for students who are properly placed. That is why the math teachers at Great Oak have gone to great lengths to make the correct recommendation. It is strongly advisable for both parents and students to follow this recommendation.
We have a very high failure rate for those students who do not follow the teacher recommendation. Therefore, while it is your right as a parent to overrule the recommendation, it is strongly suggested that you use caution in exercising that right. If you choose to override a teacher recommendation, you will be asked to document that request by signing a WAIVER (http://gohs.tvusd.k12.ca.us/counselingforms). Note: If the recommendation is overridden, and your child happens to fail the course in the first semester, he or she will not be allowed to change courses at the semester.
Any Senior who intends to go to college, whether at a J.C. or 4-Year University, should enroll in a math class as a 12th-Grader. In a recent study, by the Cal State Universities, of their ELM (Entrance Level Math) exam, the factor that most greatly influenced student success was whether or not the student took a math class during the Senior year in high school. Whether students took ANY math class was more important than which math classes the students took.
Bottom Line: College-Bound Seniors…Take Math!
Repeating a Course
In the event that a student unfortunately fails a required math class at Great Oak High School, two things hold true:
1) The student will still take the next math course in sequence. (i.e. an F in Algebra 1 still enrolls in Geometry, an F in Geometry still enrolls in Algebra 2)
2) The student must make up the failed course either in summer school (the recommended option), concurrently the following year (i.e. two math courses in the same year) or through credit recovery before or after school.