When they enter Middle School, students are placed on one of two math curriculum paths, based on assessment and past academic performance. The paths are carefully constructed to provide an appropriate challenge for students across a range of mathematical abilities. The “college preparatory” path begins with 6th Grade Mathematics and concludes with Algebra I in 8th Grade (eventually concluding with Calculus in 12th Grade). The “advanced mathematics” path begins with Pre-Algebra in 6th Grade and concludes with Geometry in 8th Grade (eventually concluding with Calculus AB and BC or AP Statistics in 12th Grade). These paths are not locked throughout Middle and Upper School, but instead are fluid so students may transition to best suit their needs as their skills and interests evolve.
Building on the philosophy of the Singapore Math curriculum begun in Lower School, Middle School students do more than learn equations and ratios – they apply math to real world problems to create a deep understanding. When students see the practical use of what they learn in math class in everyday life, they approach it with enthusiasm and purpose.
In 6th Grade Mathematics, the proven Singapore Math curriculum is used to expand students' comprehension of key math concepts, applying them to solve complex real world applications. The course explores a wide spectrum of content including beginning algebra, rational numbers, radicals, functions, probability, statistics, and even geometry.
In Pre-Algebra, students are introduced to algebra concepts that serve as the foundation for their future math study. The course reinforces the concepts of variable recognition, signed numbers, formulas, and single variable equations. Students explore the fundamental principles of algebra, including algebraic symbolism, simplifying expressions, and the graphic representations associated with functions. Students create and algebraically represent solutions involving linear relationships.
Algebra I serves as the bridge from the concrete to the abstract. In this course, students dive deeper into exploration of algebra principles, including writing and solving equations and inequalities and graphing linear and quadratic equations. Continued emphasis is placed on problem solving skills and application.
In Geometry, students are actively engaged in guided and open-ended math investigation. The course covers the recognition, understanding, and use of geometric properties and relationships among points, lines, planes, angles, triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons of Euclidean geometry. Students complete algebraic, coordinate, and deductive proofs of these relationships and study measurements of both two and three-dimensional figures.
Middle and Upper School Mathematics: Geometry, Pre-Algebra, Math 6, Algebra 1