Interactive Math Program (IMP)
The Interactive Mathematics Program (IMP) is an exciting new way for high school students to learn mathematics. IMP's four-year program of problem-based mathematics replaces the traditional Algebra I-Geometry-Algebra II/Trigonometry-Pre-calculus sequence. This new curriculum meets college entrance requirements and prepares students to use problem-solving skills at school and on the job.
Project Based Learning: Students worked on projects based on their individual interests and created math comics and graphic novels illustrating problems based on statistics.
Problem Based Learning: The IMP curriculum is problem-based, consisting of five to eight week units bound into a single textbook. The units are each organized around a central problem or theme. Motivated by this central focus, students solve a variety of smaller problems that develop the underlying skills and concepts needed to solve the central problem in that unit.
Application: IMP integrates algebra, geometry, calculus, and trigonometry with the additional topics recommended by national standards, using calculator and computer technology to enhance student understanding. IMP is mathematics for the real world of higher education and careers. Students who earn high GPAs in IMP 1, 2, and/or 3 may be eligible to enroll in more advanced mathematics courses in the subsequent grade.
Assessment: The state mathematics assessment for high school students in Delaware is the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) published by the College Board. Design-Lab mathematics faculty prepare students for the new SAT. Design-Lab High students take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) in the 9th and 10th grades and the SAT in the 11th grade.