Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. --Albert Einstein
At the Academy of St. Joseph, our goal in mathematics instruction is to help students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to apply mathematical concepts in the real world. Students develop a broad range of strategies to achieve a number of important goals:
- We want our students to do mathematics as they develop their computational skills.
- We want our students to think in the language and structures of mathematics.
- We want our students to explain their mathematical reasoning.
Students have many hands-on opportunities to develop their number sense, abstract thinking, conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and problem-solving skills. Mathematics pedagogy incorporates conceptual thinking and computational methods so students can solve problems and understand the underlying principles of mathematical thinking.
In the Lower School, teachers emphasize number relationships and problem solving through formal instruction in arithmetic, measurement, geometry, fractions, graphing, and estimation. In pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, the curriculum is based oh Singapore Math, supplemented with additional materials from other programs and those generated by teachers.
In the Upper School, students continue to balance theoretical exploration procedural competence in mathematics. They study pre-algebra in the seventh grade and Algebra I in the eighth grade.