Math Placement

Initial Math Placement

STMA places incoming first-year students in mathematics based on the faculty’s written placement test. This test is required of all incoming freshmen. It is offered on the Tuesday of fall orientation week.

Placement is always conservative in the student's best academic interests. Prior middle school results are not part of placement considerations.

First-year students might place in either Algebra 1 or Geometry. Rarely, a student might place into Algebra 2.

Placement ordinarily establishes the student’s subsequent math track through the Academy, though STMA does allow students to take summer Geometry elsewhere between grades 9 and 10 to facilitate enrollment in sophomore Algebra 2.

Transfer students into the upper grades are placed based on results in prior 9-12 courses and the faculty’s written placement test.

For both incoming and transfer students, the Academy's placement test is decisive over other measures. STMA cannot modify math placements.

ISEE Results and Math Remediation

STMA administers the ISEE (Independent Schools Entrance Examination) to all students who apply for admission to the Academy (Upperclassman transfers may submit PSAT or similar scores instead). The ISEE signals strengths in particular subjects.

A student is expected to have competence in whatever math skills are necessary to sustain positive performance in the student’s first STMA math class.

If an admitted student’s ISEE scores suggest math challenges, the student and his or her family will want to explore remediation work outside STMA. STMA does not offer remedial math courses, but can provide suggestions for remediation resources upon request.