Math

The mathematics program enables students to become confident in their mathematical ability, to develop critical thinking skills, to be active problem solvers, and, most importantly, to foster an appreciation for mathematical thinking and inquiry. Students meet in small groups at all grade levels and work with curricular materials designed to fit their learning styles, to meet the demands of the class, and to challenge them appropriately. In grades K–5 Singapore Math is used as the primary curriculum in addition to other materials and manipulatives when appropriate. Grades 6–8 engage in a variety of math curricula.

Grades 1–5 focus on numeration, operations, and computation; data and chance; geometry and measurement; patterns; functions, and algebra. Students in the middle school continue to build on these foundational concepts and begin to focus on application, problem solving, data analysis, geometry, and a more in-depth study of patterns, functions, and algebra.

 

Science

The science department provides students with a strong foundation of scientific literacy to cultivate their understanding and appreciation of the diversity and relationships among all living and nonliving things. Physical science, earth science, and life science are studied, addressing the themes of energy, evolution, patterns of change, scale and structure, systems and interactions, unity and diversity, models, and stability. Activities, demonstrations, projects, lectures, and related discussions provide students with opportunities to examine the natural world critically.

Scientific study begins in kindergarten, where a nature-based curriculum encourages wonder, excitement, and an appreciation of the natural world. In grades 1–5, science courses prompt students to achieve a better understanding of themselves and their environment. The curriculum covers a variety of general science topics from ecology, weather and climate, to magnetism and astronomy.

Students in the middle school progress through a year-long exploration of life science in sixth grade, chemistry in seventh grade, and physics in eighth grade. Students are introduced to scientific notation and techniques for measuring various physical and chemical properties of matter. They are expected to graph and write-up comprehensive laboratory investigations.

Skills taught throughout all grade levels include content reading and comprehension, note taking, content outlining, study skills, test preparation, test taking, appropriate and safe use of laboratory materials, and making connections between the classroom and the natural world.

Math & Science Faculty