As writing is the core feature of English, analysis is the focus of our mathematics curriculum. While computational proficiency and algebraic manipulation are important aspects of our college preparatory program, the math department’s primary focus is on the thought process. Instructors encourage and expect conjecture, experimentation, discussion, extension and writing in the study of mathematics. Problem-solving (that is, answering questions for which the method of solution is not immediately obvious) is an integral part of the program. Throughout the curriculum, students use graphing calculators and computers as tools for investigation and exploration; the necessary educational support in using these tools is ongoing. An important facet of the math curriculum is that all students are placed at their appropriate level regardless of grade.
Our mathematics teachers strive to balance three goals in their teaching: developing fundamental skills through the rigor of daily exercises and practice; studying math applications in the real world; and investigating the creative and intellectually challenging realm of pure mathematics. This varied approach builds confidence and opens doors for all students to test their limits and to discover their potential in mathematics.