Department Lead: Laura Palosaari
310-378-8471 Ext. 43608
The mission of the Palos Verdes High School (PVHS) Mathematics department is to provide a world-class learning experience for all students and to provide those students with the mathematical knowledge necessary for success in College and in all aspects of their lives. Part of the success of our students is due to PVHS’ block period schedule. It allows for more instruction time, more teacher-student interaction time, and more time for test preparation. The PVHS Mathematics department has created a fully comprehensive Math program that addresses the needs of every individual student. From Algebra to Advanced Placement Calculus, the PVHS Math curriculum covers every area of high school mathematics, and also includes non-traditional courses in Statistical Analysis and Engineering.
Our outstanding mathematics faculty, which includes one PhD and several Masters Degrees, can provide a rigorous set of Advanced Placement and honors courses. Advanced Placement classes that earn College credits are available in our Calculus AB, Calculus BC, and Statistics Analysis AP classes. The department also boasts an award winning Math Club that participates in competitions at Pepperdine University, Caltech, and Cal State University, Long Beach. Students also benefit from a number of extra-curricular math programs, including Math Competition, The Bay Math League, the California Math League, the Mandelbrot Contest, and the American Mathematics Competitions. We also have an active membership in the national mathematics honor society, Mu-Alpha –Theta where students can join and receive national recognition.