Frequently Asked Questions

How much math do I need to be accepted to college?
Four year colleges and universities require a minimum of 3 years of math in high school for admission; Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Colleges and universities strongly encourage students to take four years of math to be adequately prepared to be successful in college level math.

What should I take first, Geometry or Algebra II?
Most students at Whitewater High School complete Geometry before beginning Algebra II. However, it is possible to do it in the reverse order. Only the strongest math students should consider taking them at the same time. If you only plan to take two years of math then you should choose Geometry over Algebra II.

Who should enroll in Pre-Algebra as a Freshman instead of Algebra I?
Pre-Algebra is intended for students with a strong work ethic that struggle with math. Typically students enrolled in Pre-Algebra have earned a C or below in their previous math class because they had a hard time understanding the material, not because they did not complete homework. Students who earn a B or higher in their previous math class must have special permission to take Pre-Algebra. Talk to your current math teacher about which course to take. They can give you the best advice.

What calculator should I buy?
For Geometry and earlier courses students only need a calculator with basic trigonometric functions, such as a TI-30. However, if students are going to continue their studies in math they may consider purchasing a TI-84 which will take them through Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and AP Statistics. Students in AP Calculus will need a TI-89. Some teachers have calculators available in their classrooms for student use, but students should have their own calculator for doing homework.

How do I study for a math test?
Your teacher can give you the best advice for studying for a particular test. In general, reviewing your homework assignments and doing some of the problems again will help refresh your memory before a test. Students don't always like to "read" their math textbooks, but the explanations at the beginning of each section are there to help you understand the problems. The examples you'll find there are carefully constructed to help you with the details involved in solving that type of problem. Your notes from class should also contain examples that your teacher created to help you master the material. Look over the examples in your notes.

How do I take notes in math class?
The best thing that your notes from a math class can contain are examples of problems. Be sure to write down every step of an example from the board, and make notes to yourself about why each step was performed. Having those examples available while you are doing your homework is also a great idea.

Will the college I'm going to grant me credit for AP Statistics, AP Calculus, and/or AP Computer Science?
Visit and put in the name of the college you'll be attending to find out what their policy is for granting AP credit.

Do Computer Science classes get math credit?
No, not at this time. Computer Science courses count for elective credit.

Is Computer Concepts required for all students to gain entry in to the upper level Computer Science courses?
Students may be waived from Computer Concepts if they can demonstrate a wide range of knowledge and skills with computers. The vast majority of students will be well served by taking Computer Concepts before enrolling in another computer course.

What certifications can I earn for working with computers?
By completing Networking Academy I and II students will be able to test for their CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification. This is an extremely difficult certification to earn, but it is well respected in industry. If a student can achieve this goal they will put themselves in an excellent position to go out in to the job market part time while attending school or even as a full time computer technician. The Business and Information Technology Department offers coursework that will prepare students for certification in software use.

I don't see many girls in the Computer Science classes. Should girls study Computer Science?
YES! Definitely YES! Traditionally there are many more males in Computer Science courses than females. There are a lot of theories about why this happens, but it is something that needs to change. Females are just as capable of handling advanced topics in math, science, and computer science as their male counterparts. Girls...bring your friends, and get involved in studying computers!