Math in Upper School
In Upper School Math students are encouraged to explore, recognize, demonstrate and express mathematical ideas and relationships that occur in the physical world. The use of manipulatives, various forms of technology such as Active Boards, graphing calculators and other data collection devices, help guide children from these early concrete explorations to abstract mathematical thinking. Children develop an appreciation for the value and use of mathematics as well as the problem solving skills of reasoning, estimating, and communicating. This allows children to encounter increasingly complex mathematical concepts. Mathematical learning is spiraled to ensure confidence and proficiency not only in arithmetic, but also in patterning, functions, geometry, measurement, probability, statistics, data analysis and logic. In grades K-5, we have a math coordinate teacher who works with all students in small groups to enhance and supplement the math program. Starting in 6th, students are grouped into two paths: a standard math program and an accelerated program that continues through the 8th grade. In the standard math program, students complete two thirds of the algebra I curriculum. The accelerated math program navigates through Algebra I in 7th and Advanced Algebra in 8th grade.