Global Curriculum
Academic Programs

Mathematics

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, 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 that using proper mathematical terminology.
 

Department Objectives:

  • Look at things from a mathy perspective
  • Develop fluency and precision in the use of mathematics as a language
  • Communicate mathematical ideas in writing and in speech effectively
  • 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
  • Develop the necessary foundations for continuing the study of mathematics at the college level
  • Demonstrate proactivity, initiative, and perserverance
  • Master the art of collaboration
 
Placement in the Vistamar mathematics program is based on several factors, including 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. 

Courses 

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



Meet the Faculty

List of 7 members.

  • Sarah Sweatlock 

    Department Chair, Math Teacher
    Caltech - PhD
    Northwestern University - BA
    Bio
  • Oscar Chavarria 

    Dean of Students, Math Teacher
    University of Houston - BS
    CSU Long Beach - MS
  • Laura Feigelmuller 

    Math Teacher
    Universidad Sagrado Corazon - BA
    Walden University - MS
    Bio
  • Seth Miot 

    Math Teacher
    Whittier College - B.S.
  • Roy Nyberg 

    Math Teacher, Physics Teacher
    University of Pennsylvania - BA
    University of Illinois, Chicago - PhD
  • David Polett 

    Math Teacher, Boys' Varsity Basketball Coach
    Bard College - BA
    University of Pennsylvania - MEd
  • Elle Wong 

    Mathematics Teacher
    Tulane University - BA
Vistamar School is a private independent high school in the South Bay region of Los Angeles
Vistamar School  |  737 Hawaii Street, El Segundo, CA 90245  |  T: 310.643.7377  |  F: 310.643.7371