The Middle School math program aims to develop an appreciation for mathematics and logical, organized thought. Students are taught to become aware of and confident in their own abilities to communicate and reason mathematically. A strong emphasis is placed upon study skills, organization, and the mathematical process, not just the answer. Students develop active learning strategies and become resourceful and independent. A main goal of the department is to foster metacognition in each student. Each grade has honors-level sectioning for students demonstrating the ability to move at a faster pace.
Grade six focuses on the foundations of mathematics: the basic operations and properties of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and the connections among percentages, fractions, and decimals. Geometric formulas are introduced and applied throughout the course. Students learn to use listening as a mathematical skill, to understand the language and communication of mathematics, to apply formulas, and to engage in problem-solving activities.
Grades seven and eight emphasize the progression of mathematics to pre-algebra and then on to algebra. Students explore the following topics: integers, rational numbers, number theory, inequalities, probability and statistics, simple interest, and trigonometry.
Seventh grade begins with a focus on acquiring the foundational concepts of pre-algebra: integer work, properties of numbers, solving equations, graphing inequalities, exponent rules, and simplifying algebraic fractions. Also the course reviews rational numbers, number theory, ratio, proportion, and percent--with an emphasis on looking at these skills algebraically.
Eighth grade students take either Introduction to Algebra I or Algebra I. The Algebra I course is comparable to a freshman Algebra I curriculum. The Introduction to Algebra I course, emphasizes the development of abstract reasoning, the application of mathematics to real-world situations, and an introduction to Algebra I topics, including graphing linear equations. Students also take one final look at some previously learned topics to solidify those concepts for future use.