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Mathematics establishes a foundation for the studies of science, art, engineering, architecture, and business. As a student in the AHA Mathematics Department, you will be encouraged to develop an understanding and appreciation of math. Along the way, you will develop:

  • Logical thought and problem-solving techniques to address everyday problems.
  • The ability to organize and interpret data, and accurately express ideas.
  • Sharp study skills and a strong work ethic.
  • The ability to utilize technology (graphing calculator, laptops) to explore and deepen your understanding of mathematical concepts.
  • A strong mathematical background that ensures the success of future endeavors.

If you are an incoming ninth grader who has completed a full year of Algebra I in Grade 8, you may take a math placement exam. If you successfully meet this challenge, you will be able to take geometry in ninth grade and will be on track to take calculus as a senior.


The State of New Jersey requires students to complete three years of math in high school. At AHA, these courses typically include Algebra I, geometry, and Algebra II. You are encouraged to continue your studies. On average, 92% of the senior class takes a fourth year of math. About half of the senior class is enrolled in a calculus course. Some Angels accelerate their studies by taking both geometry and Algebra II as sophomores.

Requirement: All students are required to take three years of a mathematics course sequence.  

Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society


Mu Alpha Theta is the National High School and Two-Year College Mathematics Honor Society with thousands of student members in more than 2,400 schools. This honor society is dedicated to inspiring a keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics among high school students.


AHA is one of 60 schools in the State of New Jersey to have a chapter. Membership responsibilities include five hours of peer tutoring per semester.

Mathematics Department

Jovanka Depalma

Math Department Chair

Alyssa Lane

Math Teacher

Jing Loo

Math Teacher

Brianna Portuesi

Math Teacher

Pamela Ruschak

Math Teacher

Sheila Wroblewski

Math Teacher