# Mathematics

#### Middle School MATH PHILOSOPHY

Mathematics is a key component of the student learning experience during the middle school years. It permeates our students' daily lives and is evident in how they make numerical sense of the world around them. The acquisition of a strong mathematical mindset allows young learners to thrive in a dynamic 21st century global society. The goal of the middle school mathematics program is to provide all students with a rich and challenging learning experience that is based on best teaching practices and a commitment to excellence through a high quality learner-centered curriculum.

Students thrive in academic environments where teaching inspires individual learners while cultivating a joy and appreciation of course content. The middle school mathematics program at all grade levels seeks to inspire students to become curious, confident, and creative problem solvers who can effectively communicate their thinking and readily adapt to a wide variety of mathematical contexts. This important skill set is developed in the classroom through differentiated instructional practices including a well-balanced use of technology and exposure to real-world problem solving applications.

Teaching and learning in all middle school mathematics courses follows a comprehensive set of standards and benchmarks aligned to common assessments measuring learner progress and mastery of course content. Our curriculum reinforces and expands upon learning that has taken place at the lower school level. New and more complex concepts relating to spatial reasoning, data analysis and probability, linear relationships, and formal topics in algebra are introduced in preparation for advanced coursework beyond the TAS Middle School.

Mathematics in the middle school years can be viewed as a bridge that provides students with a smooth transition from the lower school grades to the demands of upper school coursework. It is a time when students strengthen their learning and confidence through the continued development of a strong conceptual foundation as topics taught in the classroom become increasingly abstract and require more complex problem solving strategies. Different math courses at each grade level allow for a broad range of placement options. It is our goal to ensure that each student reaches his or her full learning potential in an engaging middle school mathematics course that is developmentally appropriate based on individual needs and previous learning experiences.

## COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

- Math 6 (Grade 6 Only)
- Enriched Math 6 (Grade 6 Only)
- Advanced Pre-Algebra (Grade 6 Only)
- Pre-Algebra (Grade 7 Only)
- Enriched Pre-Algebra (Grade 7 Only)
- Advanced Algebra 1 (Grade 7 Only)
- Algebra Foundations (Grade 8 Only)
- Algebra 1 (Grade 8 Only)
- Enriched Algebra 1 (Grade 8 Only)
- Advanced Geometry (Grade 8 Only)
- Enriched Advanced Geometry (Grade 8 Only)