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It takes 4 years of math in high school.


In today’s technological society, it’s important for everyone to have strong skills in mathematics. That’s why all college majors require courses in mathematics.

Math skills build from course to course, so it’s important to begin your college studies with a strong foundation in math. The best way to get that foundation is to take four years of math in high school. It is recommended that by the time you graduate from high school, you have taken two full years of algebra (Algebra I and Algebra II), geometry, and one or more courses above the Algebra II level. If your high school uses the integrated curriculum, take Math 1, 2 and 3 and one or more courses above the Math 3 level.

5 Reasons to Take 4 Years of High School Math

  1. Taking a fourth year of math in high school reduces the likelihood that you will have to repeat high school classes in college before being allowed to enroll in college-level math courses that count toward your degree.
  2. Taking a fourth year of math in high school helps you retain your mathematical knowledge and skills so you will be much better prepared for future college study or the work place.
  3. According to a College Board study, 40 percent of 2010 high school graduates say they wish they had taken more math or a higher level of math in high school.
  4. Students who complete a math course beyond Algebra II are almost twice as likely to earn a bachelor’s degree than students who stop at Algebra II.
  5. About 48 percent of students taking three years of high school math earn a first-year college GPA of 2.5 or above. Sixty-two percent of students who take four years of high school math earn a GPA of 2.5 or better.

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This fast-paced animated video uses a humorous approach to show middle and high school students the benefits of taking four years of high school math to be prepared for college.