Academic Programs


Mathematics at Vistamar

The mathematics program at Vistamar, “VistaMath”, is based on the integrated, problem-based approach developed at Phillips Exeter Academy. We believe that problem solving skills like dissecting a problem, recognizing familiar challenges, exploring and generalizing, and making conjectures and proving them, are essential to the development of mathematical and critical thinking skills. Consequently, all students are expected to learn not just the rules of mathematics, but how those rules are derived and applied, and to be able to discuss those concepts using proper mathematical terminology.

Department Objectives:

  • Explore concepts from a math-oriented perspective
  • Develop fluency and precision in the use of mathematics as a language
  • Communicate mathematical ideas effectively in writing and in speech
  • Develop a wide range of tools for solving problems and making connections
  • Strategize mathematically and translate ordinary language into both mathematical formulations and modern technical applications
  • Build the necessary foundation to support the further study of mathematics at the college level
  • Demonstrate proactivity, initiative, and perseverance
  • Master the art of collaboration
Placement in the Vistamar mathematics program is based on several factors: previous math experience and grades, interest and enjoyment of mathematics, and a placement exam. Most freshmen start in Math 1 or Math 2, while students who have taken geometry may begin in Math 3 or Honors Math 3. Placement in an honors math class is based on three primary factors: the student’s academic maturity, the student’s interest in mathematics, and the student’s achievement in their current mathematics course.

Course Information

  • Math 1: Algebra
  • Math 2: Integrated Mathematics (Algebra II & Geometry)
  • Math 3: Advanced Integrated Mathematics (Functions & Trig)
  • Honors Math 3: Advanced Integrated Mathematics
  • Math 4: Pre-Calculus
  • Honors Math 4: Pre-Calculus
  • Advanced Topics in Math
  • AP Calculus AB and BC
  • AP Statistics
  • Honors Multivariable Calculus

Meet the Faculty

List of 7 members.

  • Elle Wong 

    Department Chair, Math Faculty
  • Angelica Adams 

    Director of Equity and Inclusion
  • Oscar Chavarria 

    Dean of Students, Math Faculty
  • Seth Miot 

    Math Faculty
  • David Polett 

    Math Faculty / Head Coach, Boys Varsity Basketball
  • Laura Santana 

    Math Faculty
  • Sarah Sweatlock 

    Academic Schedule and Data Manager, Math Faculty
Vistamar School is a private independent high school in the South Bay region of Los Angeles.

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