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.

 NEW! The Carmel Education Foundation has funded the purchase of 2 pairs of Enchroma Color Glasses!

If your student has difficulty perceiving color (commonly referred to as "color blind") have them ask their teacher for use of these glasses during notes. Teachers commonly use colors to code or emphasize information. These glasses could make a significant difference in understanding during the note taking process! 


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 Canvas to communicate classroom information with students. If you want to be informed, you can join as well! Ask your student to help you get signed on to Canvas and follow their schedule to stay 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.

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