The goal of the Mathematics Department is to provide all students in all courses with challenging, interesting, and stimulating mathematical experiences that prepare students for further study in mathematics and mathematics-related fields. The department is guided by two principles: first, that all students at Lake Ridge Academy have a successful experience in mathematics; second, that the courses offered and methods of teaching reflect current thinking in the mathematics education community. The courses are all designed with the goal of developing a student’s mathematical power: the ability to see the mathematics in real-life situations and to use mathematical techniques to model situations and solve real-life problems. Finally, we hope to foster in students an appreciation for mathematics as a fascinating, diverse, and significant area of human inquiry.