The Middle School math program aims to develop an appreciation for mathematics. Faculty members incorporate hands-on and real-world situations to immediately apply the math learned. Students learn to become aware of and confident in their own mathematical abilities. 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 as they prepare for high school. A main goal of the department is to foster metacognition (awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes) in each student. Grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 have accelerated-level sectioning for students demonstrating the ability to move at a faster pace, ensuring that each student is appropriately challenged. Placement tests are available for those students who have taken math courses outside of the regular classroom that may be ahead of the grade they are enrolled in.
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.