Mathematics can be seen as a well-defined body of knowledge, as an abstract system of ideas, or as a useful tool. For most of us, it is probably a combination of these. However, there is little doubt that mathematical knowledge provides an important key to understanding the world in which we live. Mathematics is used in our lives when we buy produce in the market, consult a timetable, read a newspaper, time a process or estimate a length. Artists need to learn about perspective; musicians need to appreciate the mathematical relationships within and between different rhythms; economists need to recognize trends in financial dealings. Mathematics is prevalent in our lives and our careers.

Because individual students have different needs, interests and abilities, Carmel High School provides a wide selection of courses. Each course is designed to meet the needs of a particular group of students. Therefore, great care should be taken to select the course that is most appropriate for an individual student.

Students are advised to consider the following factors when selecting their mathematics courses:

·         Their own abilities in mathematics and the type of mathematics in which they can be successful

·         Their own interest in mathematics, and those particular areas of the subject that may hold the most interest for them

·         Their academic plans, in particular the subjects they wish to study in the future

·         Their choice of career

In order to take two math classes during the same academic year, a student needs to get permission from the Math Department chairperson.


Most teachers have some way of communicating with parents and students on a regular basis. If you have a question or concern, feel free to contact your child's teacher via email or phone call.

Several of our teachers also use a myccs website, Canvas, Remind, Celly, Edmodo, Moodle, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to communicate classroom information with students. If you want to be informed, you can join these as well! Ask your student what their teacher is using and how to get connected.

Please check MYCCS often to check progress in all courses.


Retaking Math Courses

Due to the sequential development of math courses, the math department allows students to retake courses to improve their grade if the original grade was a C- and below. There will no longer be audits in math courses - only retakes. When retaking a class, the original grade and the grade earned when the class is retaken will both be on the student's transcript however, the new grade will replace the old grade for the calculation of the student's GPA. Students are advised to retake math courses during summer school whenever possible. Any exception to this policy will be made by the Principal. Grades earned in repeated courses do not count toward athletic eligibility.


Pre-Calculus Summer Practice: This packet is required for students entering Regular Pre-Calculus and Pre-Calculus IB. Students entering Pre-calculus Intermediate and Honors Pre-Calculus can feel free to use it for skills review.


Calculus Summer Practice: This packet is required for students entering Calculus AB. Students entering Calculus BC or Calculus Survey can feel free to use it for skills review.

Department Contact Information

Department Head

Jacinda Sohalski

Phone Number

317-846-7721 ext 7500 

About the Mathematics Program

Math Department Brochure and Course Flow Chart