For many students decisions about classes are easy. Integrated Math 1
leads to Integrated Math 2, for example. However, there are certain
times in the high school experience where decisions about mathematics
classes are tougher since more options are available to students.
If you are unsure about which math class will be best for you, be sure to talk with your current math teacher. Your teacher knows the differences among the classes you could take next year and can also advise why one class may suit your needs better than another. For some students, the decision is also based on whether to take the honors or college-prep level of a particular course. Refer to the specific course profiles and section introductions for more details, but keep in mind the following items as you consider your decision.
Most math classes begin with some review of previously learned material. This explores the material with new depth and helps align the backgrounds of students. While beginning with review can be helpful, it is often difficult to base a decision about proper placement on the experiences within the first few weeks of class. Students may get a sense of overconfidence in a course and can be surprised when new material is too difficult, and this difficulty may arise after it is too late to drop the course. Also, less time is spent on review (at the beginning of a course and throughout the year) in higher-level courses.