Mathematics literally holds a prominent place in our curriculum: it's the first academic subject of our students' day, beginning in first grade. We approach math with a sense of wonder and inquiry and seek to engage students from the earliest grades in the games and patterns that will engage them as young mathematicians. In the early years, through play and discovery activities, Preschool students begin with simple counting and one-to-one correspondence activities. Teachers use graphing, number lines and daily calendar activities to help students develop concepts in basic numeracy.
Kindergarten-Fourth Grade Math
In the kindergarten through fourth grades, the math curriculum is centered on the Comprehensive School Mathematics Program (CSMP). CSMP was developed by mathematicians from the University of Chicago who wanted students to develop a deeper understanding of number concepts and broader mathematical thinking. The program is sequential through the grades and spirals through number theory, geometry, measurement, and logic. Students are taught a variety of algorithms and approaches to solving problems. Throughout the program, number stories illustrate all functions of mathematical operations and there is a broad use of visual organizers such as webs, Venn diagrams, number lines, and graphs to support problem solving. Subsequently, students become accomplished, critical thinkers. To supplement this program, teachers integrate basic math drills into their lessons to improve fluency and to prepare students for more complex math.
Upper School Math
In 5th through 8th grades the students transition to the Singapore Dimensions Math program, which uses visual modeling as well as traditional algorithms and procedures to teach algebra, number theory, and geometry. The Singapore Dimensions math system is world renowned for the effective approach it takes to teaching complex mathematics to middle schoolers. Students ready to take the 8th grade Regents exam in Algebra 1 have that opportunity and can proceed to 10th grade math as they enter high school, if they perform satisfactority on this test.
STEAM to THEAMS
- Imaginative and Inventive thinking are the keys to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems
- Collaboration among learners and doers who possess a variety of skills and perspectives is essential to this process
- The abilities to research and test ideas with objectivity is what will ensure these potential solutions
- Students learn best when learning is hands-on and experiential.
- The best solutions come when the process is open-ended and replete with opportunitiies to fail and start over