The mathematics program emphasizes thinking critically about math and application of their knowledge. Emphasis is placed on student understanding, reasoning, problem solving, and making sense of mathematics. Students explore math concepts and are able to explain and justify their thinking. The program focuses on conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application.
Pre-Kindergarten - 4th Grade
In pre-kindergarten to grade 4, students develop a strong number sense and are able to explain not only how they solved a problem, but why it worked. They learn procedural fluency and have a deep understanding of mathematical concepts by engaging with challenging and interesting problems. Students are actively engaged in their learning both mentally and physically. The use of appropriate math tools assists in student understanding and provides multiple opportunities to explore relationships moving from the concrete to the abstract. Teachers use assessment data to inform their instruction to meet the needs of all students.
The middle school mathematics program strives to develop mathematicians who feel secure in their understanding of mathematical principals and their use of numbers so they can apply their understanding to problem-solving situations. Teachers use a multi-sensory, differentiated approach in their mathematics instruction. From teaching foundational skills to abstract concepts, students are guided in their understanding of the fundamental theories through the use of manipulatives, interactive technology and traditional practice. At all levels, teachers provide a challenging, yet supportive environment in which to learn. They work to build student confidence in their mathematic abilities and to instill in them a love of learning the topic.