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Luanne
Registered User Posts: **23** Junior Member

My son is in 9th grade and is picking his 10th grade classes. He intends to do the IB DP starting in 11th. He's in Algebra 2 now. The pre-req listed for the new Math AA class in 11th is Algebra 2. Does that mean pre-calc topics are covered sufficiently? Should he not take pre-calc in 10th so as not to have repetition in 11th?

## Replies to: Math AA prereq?

80Junior Member2,998Senior Member23Junior MemberCurrently, the IB math is AP Calc AB and then IB Math HL. But the IB Math HL is going away. The flowcharts I've seen no longer have IB kids taking AP Calc at all.

Sounds like I need to talk to the school and figure this out. Thank you for the responses.

73,638Senior MemberOld -> New

Math SL -> Math AA SL

Math HL -> Math AA HL

Math Studies SL -> Math AI SL

23Junior MemberThank you. I am more confused now since the high school catalog definitely lists it as one course each for AA and AI in 11th grade with both of those leading to either SL or HL in 12th.

73,638Senior MemberMath AA year 1 will cover precalculus, but with more work (IB courses tend to be more work)

Math AA SL year 2 will cover some calculus, but with more work

Math AA HL year 2 will cover more calculus than SL, but with more work

You may want to ask whether the courses will cover the AP calculus AB and BC material, if you have concern that he will attend a college that gives better placement for AP versus IB math scores.

If he wants to keep learning math without stalling or repeating material, and is in algebra 2 in 9th grade, then taking precalculus in 10th grade, calculus BC in 11th grade (or IB math AA year 1 and year 2 HL), and more advanced math at a local college in 12th grade would have him learn the most math. But that may not align with the IB diploma program if he wants to do that.

23Junior MemberThank you again.

Only Calculus AB is offered. The next class is IB Math HL, but of course that won't be there when he gets there. "Local" colleges are the community college 30 minutes away, so I imagine scheduling could be difficult. But, we'll talk about it of course.

I will ask what the course will cover for calculus. Good question.

He is on a typical math class for our district, so hopefully there is a plan for these kids to continue with good math through 12th grade.

We are meeting with the guidance counselor and IB coordinator tomorrow. Hopefully, this becomes clear.