The Middle School math program enables students to solidify and expand their skill base while challenging them with projects that connect math to their world. During class, experiential and exploratory activities foster open communication. The class discusses different problem-solving strategies, with each unique learner contributing ideas and putting them into practice. This cooperative atmosphere encourages students to share ideas openly and to propose solutions. By solving application problems, students connect concepts to the "real" world. They become strong problem-solvers and critical thinkers, gaining confidence in their mathematical abilities. In addition, technology serves as a vital component of the math curriculum, enhancing the learning experience and providing additional challenges for students.
Students in the sixth grade explore concepts in geometry, fractions, decimals, ratio, proportion, percent, perimeter, and area. The curriculum “spirals,” continually reinforcing each skill so that students make connections between topics as they reinforce their understanding of concepts. The curriculum places a strong emphasis on computational accuracy.
Students complete critical-thinking projects using statistics and apply their new skills throughout the year. Classes are grouped by ability based on the results of a placement test. Advanced students will cover content at a faster pace, including exploration of elements of pre-algebra.
All students have the opportunity to place into a mathematics course that provides them with the most appropriate challenge. Course type and level vary depending on the results of placement tests, but students can expect to be placed into basic or advanced pre-algebra, or basic or advanced algebra. The most advanced students will be considered for geometry.
All sections are single-gender. Specific content and pace will vary, but all courses are designed around the New York State and national curricular standards.