Guidelines for Acceleration through Math and Computer Science Courses

Updated February 7, 2020

The required TJHSST mathematics curriculum is a comprehensive program of study of a range of mathematics topics including algebra, geometry, trigonometry, probability, statistics, and discrete math, leading to calculus. Courses beyond calculus are provided as electives for students who show aptitude and interest in mathematics. The computer science (CS) curriculum provides a foundation in programming for all students plus ten other semesters of study for students who show aptitude and interest in CS.  It is important for all students to be competent in the skills and concepts taught in the required math and CS courses. Some students may have the background and aptitude to accelerate through the curriculum. It is our interest that students be appropriately challenged in math and CS while also demonstrating mastery of all content. 

General guidelines for math course placement/acceleration:

TJ Math 1 – 3 (Geometry and Algebra 2) are considered core courses and we do not allow placement out of these courses. TJ Math 1 – 2 (Geometry) are offered in summer school each year through the FCPS online campus (the course is called Honors Geometry).

Tests to place out of math courses will no longer be offered.  If you think your situation is an exceptional one please speak to the Math-CS Division Manager about it.

Updated November 6, 2019:

Any student not enrolled in BC Calculus may still register and pay to take the BC exam, however an exam score of 5 will no longer lead to placement in Multivariable Calculus.  

*** AP exam scores cannot be used to place out of an AP course. ***

General guidelines for computer science course placement/acceleration:

To meet TJ graduation requirements, students must take one full year of computer science for credit at TJ.