The goal of the Math program is to develop joyful, adaptable problem-solvers who have the skills to deal with new and complex situations. By asking students to think deeply about concepts and applications, the department emphasizes reasoning, computation, collaboration, and inquiry.
In the Lower School, students use the Bridges math program to develop their conceptual understanding of numbers and problem-solving skills. They are asked to analyze relationships, consider the efficiency of methods, and communicate and defend their reasoning. Using an inquiry-based learning approach, students create visual models, draw number lines, and manipulate Base-10 pieces to increase conceptual understanding. They also collaborate and share strategies as they learn key skills and concepts.
In the Middle School, students begin a sequence of math courses designed to cultivate their analytical skills as they develop algebraic and geometric reasoning. Students investigate statistics and math modeling, strengthen problem-solving skills, and work to become more confident and independent abstract thinkers with a growth mindset. Middle School courses include Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry.
In the Upper School, students continue to develop their analytical and computational skills while engaging with material from Geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-calculus. Functions are introduced and revisited throughout the curriculum, providing students with a powerful tool for applying mathematics to problems in science, engineering, applied mathematics, and programming. After completing Pre-calculus, students may choose to take additional math courses, including Foundations of Calculus and Statistics, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, Computer Science, and post-Calculus electives.