Math


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The Mathematics curriculum is based on the NCTM's (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Standards for School Mathematics. A broad range of topics are covered: number concepts, computation, estimation, algebra, statistics, probability, geometry and measurement. Calculators are used when appropriate. Classroom activities are focused on problem-solving skills. Students should be able to represent situations in word problems -- verbally, numerically, graphically, geometrically or symbolically. Assessments involving open-ended problems and extended problem-solving projects are in use across all grade levels.

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The use of mathematical skills in everyday life is reinforced by activities involving the use of statistics in sports, making a family budget, planning a vacation, interpreting travel schedules, buying on credit, using measurements when following recipes, and constructing geometric shapes. Students' cultural backgrounds are highlighted by research assignments related to the contributions of all cultures to the development of mathematics. Career development discussions emphasize the the importance of mathematical literacy.