Dear Parents and Incoming Freshman,
In the Saint Ignatius Math Department, we consider placement for incoming students to be an integral piece of the puzzle for their future success in our program. We use as many data points as possible to determine the most appropriate course for your son’s first year. These include the placements exams, input from grade school teachers, the admissions exam, and other input from the admissions file.
As we have in the past, we will request recommendation information from students’ 8th grade math teachers. The student or his family will not need to acquire this recommendation as we will manage this process. The information provided will not have any impact on admissions and will be kept confidential.
Many students starting at Saint Ignatius have not taken the equivalent of any high school math courses. These students will be placed into Fundamentals of Algebra, Algebra 1, or Honors Algebra 1 depending on their entrance exam scores and input from their 8th grade math teachers.
Other students enrolling at Saint Ignatius have had the opportunity to take the equivalent of high school math courses. These students will need to demonstrate a proficiency in these courses before being passed beyond Algebra 1. This proficiency will be measured by examinations given on Wednesday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 8. The examinations begin at 3:30 p.m. Both tests will take place in the Math Wing of the Main Building. There is no registration or cost for these tests. Placement results will be emailed to the Ignatius student email address by May 16.
Students who are taking Algebra now should take the Algebra Mastery Examination on either May 2 or May 8, whichever date is more convenient. This test covers the concepts taught in Algebra 1 at Saint Ignatius and takes about 90 minutes. The exam consists of multiple-choice exercises as well as problems requiring that work be shown. Calculators may be used on parts of the test. Please bring the scientific or graphing calculator with which you are familiar. Saint Ignatius will not provide calculators for this test. Students demonstrating proficiency in Algebra will be scheduled for Honors Geometry. Most students not passing the exam will be scheduled for Honors Algebra 1 or Algebra 1, depending on other placement data.
Students who have completed Algebra and are presently taking Geometry will need to take two tests on two separate days. They should take the Algebra Mastery Exam on Wednesday, May 2 and return to Saint Ignatius the following Tuesday, May 8 to take the Geometry Mastery Exam. Calculators are permitted on portions of the exams. Please bring the scientific or graphing calculator with which you are familiar. Saint Ignatius will not provide calculators. Students will be placed in the appropriate level of Algebra, Geometry or in Honors Algebra 2 if they demonstrate mastery of the appropriate topics.
Students who are taking a course beyond Geometry will need to take tests on both May 2 and May 8 and sit for additional testing. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to make arrangements.
Students who are not taking the equivalent of a full year of high school Algebra or Geometry or beyond should NOT take the Math Mastery Examinations.
There is no registration or cost for these tests.
If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com
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for a description of all math courses available at Saint Ignatius High School.
Does every student need to take a placement exam?
No. The only students that need to take a placement exam are those who wish to place into Geometry or beyond for freshman year.
My son was placed in an honors course; does he have to take it?
No. Any parent or student may elect to take a standard course (e.g. Algebra I instead of Honors Algebra I) or a preceding course (e.g. Honors Algebra I instead of Honors Geometry). Email Dave Sabol to make that arrangement.
My son is taking a math course at a local high school. Will the credit transfer to Saint Ignatius?
Every student who wishes to place into Honors Geometry or beyond must sit for a placement test, regardless of credit. Since we are accountable to the students progress for the next 4 years, we must be sure that the will be placed properly.
I do not agree with the placement determined by the school. What do I do?
Contact Dave Sabol with any questions or concerns. He can explain results and give perspective to the scores. In special cases, there are some alternate options if they are determined to be warranted.
Do we need to sign up or register for the placement tests?
No. Show up on the desired day.
Is there a cost for the placement test?
Why do you hold the placement tests so early? Don’t the students still have material to cover in their classes?
We must hold the placement tests in early/mid May so that the freshmen schedules will be ready in time for summer. We are sensitive to the material yet to be covered, so we established cut off scores based on Honors Algebra I students taking the tests at the exact same time of year.
How do you collect feedback from my son’s 8th grade teacher and how do you use it?
All recommendation input is collected by the Math Department. We ask that you submit the 8th grade math teacher's email address as part of the registration process, but we will reach out to the teacher directly. If your teacher has not been contacted by the school, they should contact me to exchange email addresses. Note that these recommendations are not required for any level of placement, but we value this input since it gives deeper perspective to the students and their future with us.
What is covered on the Algebra I test?
The topics are very standard according to the State of Ohio and most traditional Algebra I curricula. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific concerns.
What if I have a conflict for a needed testing day?
Contact email@example.com to make alternative arrangements.