Our students develop a strong foundation in basic mathematical skills, acquire sound computational and problem-solving abilities, and develop strong analytical thinking skills. Proficiency in math fundamentals, precision in communication, and the ability to reason quantitatively are also significant objectives of the math program.
The goals of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics inform our program. The Lower School program uses Envision Mathematics as the core of its program, stressing a sequential development of concepts and skills, and supplementing a traditional emphasis on math facts. The Upper School program is concept-driven and exposes students to a broad range of mathematics topics.
While most of the math grouping in the Lower School is heterogeneous we have added an additional math teacher to both 1st and 2nd grades allowing us to break into smaller, homogeneous groups. We also use homogeneous grouping in the 4th grade. In our Upper School groups are homogeneous in grades six through eight. There are advanced math groups in grade six, math and Pre-Algebra in grade seven, and Pre-Algebra and Algebra and Advanced Algebra in grade eight. These varying levels meet students "where they are" in math learning, and our students receive individual attention within the framework of math instruction.