Students receive five hours of weekly mathematics instruction in small groups. Our small groups consist of 5 to 8 students and are formed based on ability to appropriately challenge each student to reach their full potential. The school employs no grade level barriers. Students who demonstrate expertise of current grade level mathematics standards are advanced to a higher grade-level program.
Kindergarten students begin the mathematics process using manipulatives, discovering numbers and patterns, and progressing through place values, basic graphing and the solution of simple equations. Succeeding grades study a full range of math concepts, learning to master computational skills, applying math concepts in problem solving environments, and concentrating on elements as varied as geometry, statistics and probability, and algebraic linear equations.
We are currently in the process of adopting the Engage NY Math curriculum school wide. This comprehensive and well tested program uses Singapore math strategies and Common Core. Singapore math focuses on children not just learning but also truly mastering a limited number of concepts each school year. The goal is for children to perform well because they understand the material on a deeper level; they are not just learning it for the test. overall it has had great success by helping students focus on deep understanding, problem solving and mastery of content.
Our teachers will continue to use materials from other sources to enrich the Overall mathematics curriculum for each class room.