Mathematics courses support boys as they construct conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas and build procedural fluency of computation skills to accurately solve rich mathematical tasks. Our goal is that each boy develops self-confidence and a growth mindset to persevere through problem-solving, reason with and about abstract concepts, and construct and critique arguments. Boys learn to use technology when appropriate, but also learn to reason with number and operation sense. Students have ample opportunities to study higher-level concepts with our advanced math courses offered in each grade, and course sequences are designed to meet the boys’ specific developmental and learning needs. All courses set the stage for successful Upper School and post-secondary mathematics experiences.
There are two courses in the sixth grade math program, Math Foundations 1 and Accelerated Math Foundations 1. The Math Foundations 1 curriculum explores and dissects probability, statistics, integers, introductory algebra, fractions, proportional reasoning,geometry, and measurement. Students are actively involved in learning. The goal is to develop the student's self-confidence relating to mathematics, as well as to develop the student's ability to think logically and become an effective problem solver.Problem solving skills are woven throughout the curriculum in an effort to relate mathematics to the world around them. Students in Accelerated Math Foundations 1 will explore more challenging concepts while continuing to build a strong foundation of the basic skills needed to flourish throughout their math career. These higher-level concepts focus on critical thinking skills, using word problems, geometry, compound and simple interest rates, and the stock market.
There are two courses in the seventh grade math program, Math Foundations 2 and Accelerated Math Foundations 2. Students are placed in a challenging course that is most appropriate for their current skill level.Math Foundations 2 covers the concepts of integers, rational numbers, real numbers and the Pythagorean Theorem, proportions, percent, probability, statistics, geometry, and algebraic equations. Accelerated Math Foundations 2 covers the concepts of inductive and deductive reasoning, number sequences, functions and graphing, large numbers, symmetry and mathematical mosaics, multi-step algebraic equations, geometry, data exploration, and demographics. The objective of both courses is to provide students with continuous experience in open-ended problem solving and in the articulation of solution strategies. Instructionally, students are actively involved in the process of learning. Problem situations require individual and collective exploration, the formulation of conjectures, mathematical communication, and the mutual exchange of ideas.
The eighth grade offers three different courses for boys depending on their learning needs. Each course integrates the topics of algebra I, statistics, geometry, algebra II, and measurements in lessons throughout the year. Math 1 provides experiences for boys in the following topics: geometric relationships of segments and angles, linear equations and functions, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, deductive and inductive reasoning and proof, parallel and perpendicular lines, and data analysis. In Accelerated Math 1, boys explore all the topics in the Math 1 course at a higher level, solving problems that are more challenging and require students to make mathematical connections more independently. In addition, Accelerated Math 1 investigates exponential functions, transformations, and congruent triangles. In Accelerated Math 2, boys who have already completed Math 1 examine probability and data. They continue their study of functions to include quadratics, absolute value, and more on exponential functions. The boys explore geometric relationships of sides and angles of triangles, and quadrilaterals and special segments, and angles of circles. Similarity, trigonometry, and other geometric measurements of volume, and surface area are investigated. In all courses, content is learned by making sense of mathematical ideas and by seeing real-world connections. Boys enjoy learning practical applications and make sense of the mathematics better when they see the need for the mathematical concepts.