Using an approach that integrates the traditional areas of mathematics—algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, and calculus—throughout six sequential levels of study, students become independent learners who excel in reading, writing, exploring, applying, and communicating math concepts.
The curriculum is structured around these principles:
- Algebra is foundational as a modeling and problem-solving tool
- Geometry in two and three dimensions is integrated across topics at all levels and includes coordinate and transformational approaches
- The study of vectors, matrices, counting, data analysis, and other topics from discrete mathematics is woven into core courses
- Computer-based and calculator-based activities are part of core courses
- Topics are explored visually, symbolically, and verbally
- The capacity to develop problem-solving strategies depends on an accumulated body of knowledge
These principles are addressed in the integrated curricula of Math 1-6. Math 3, 4, and 5 are offered at two levels that showcase different teaching and learning styles. The standard classes feature more direct teacher instruction and cover fewer topics. The “i” versions of each course cover more topics at a faster pace as students work more independently. Both levels require collaboration in the form of daily group work among four tablemates. The program also offers opportunities for advanced work, including single variable and multivariable calculus, descriptive and inferential statistics, and abstract algebra. Math Club, open to all interested students, meets regularly to share ideas and investigate problems beyond the scope of the regular curriculum and to help students prepare for local and national math competitions.
A placement test is used to determine the appropriate level of math for each incoming student. Math support is available via the Math & Science Support Specialist as well as from teachers in the math office and peer tutors via the math squad.