Broad goals of the math curriculum are:
- To develop an appreciation for math as an abstract expression of God’s concrete reality.
- To cultivate minds that think mathematically.
- To develop proficiency with using math in real world applications.
- To equip students for further math studies at higher levels of education.
Kindergarten through First Grade introduces students to numbers, drawing the connection between written numbers and concrete quantities and developing “number sense.” Students work with “number sentences” and “number stories” to build a foundation for word problems. Students learn the basics of addition and subtraction, as well as introductory grouping, and explore different strategies for manipulating numbers. Students also develop practical skills with numbers as they represent time and currency, as well as developing geometrical awareness by manipulating shapes.
Second through Fifth Grade expands students’ calculation skills to include multiplication and division, working with fractions and decimals. Students build greater fluency with word problems and problems with multiple steps, exapanding their math “tool box”with multiple problem solving strategies.. Students also continue to develop geometric concepts, begin to develop basic algebraic concepts, and begin to work with basic data sets.
Sixth Grade focuses primarily on those skills needed for Pre-algebra, working to strengthen the students’ proficiency with muti-step problem solving, order of operations, calculating fractions, multiplication and long division. Students also further their proficiency with geometric concepts and collecting and using basic statistical data. The focus becomes increasingly on using good problem solving strategies and applying good mathematical processes.
In Seventh Grade, student who show an affinity for math are usually ready for Pre-algebra and generally follow on the “Advanced Math Track.” Students who need more time and practice to ensure success at higher levels of math generally follow on the “Conventional Math Track” spend Seventh Grade deepening their math knowledge and strengthening there foundation.
Students on the Advanced Math Track frequently follow this course of study: Algebra I (8th Grade), Geometry (9th Grade), Algebra II (10th Grade), Pre-calculus (11th Grade), and either Calculus or AP Calculus (12th Grade).
Students on the Conventional Math Track usually follow this course of study: Pre-algebra (8th Grade), Algebra I (9th Grade), Geometry (10th Grade), Algebra II (11th Grade), Pre-calculus (12th Grade).
Both math tracks make students eligible for the College Prep Diploma.
Other math options may be available when needed or desired when resources allow.