# Mathematics

The Mathematics Department in the Prep School believes that students learn math best through exploration, discovery and problem-solving. Our students are encouraged to engage thoughtfully in problem-solving at every level and to appreciate the process of productive struggle.

The department shapes our curriculum with the belief that each concept is best explored from four perspectives: numerical, visual, algebraic and verbal. Teaching through these lenses ensures a genuine and comprehensive understanding. Teachers help students recognize patterns and construct knowledge through questions and observations.

Prep School students begin with an introductory Algebra course, followed by Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus and Calculus. All courses are problem-based and student-centered, exposing students to problems for which they have not been given specific procedures to follow. This approach promotes independence, creative thinking and flexible mathematical habits of mind through productive struggle.

Each class reflects the department’s commitment to all eight New York State Standards for Mathematical Practice. Our math classrooms are dynamic environments where students frequently work at the board in groups or pairs. Creative assessments and homework assignments challenge students beyond memorization and promote collaborative, thoughtful work.

## Course Offerings

- Algebra
- Geometry/Honors Geometry
- Algebra II/Honors Algebra II
- Precalculus/Honors Precalculus
- Mathematics Electives
- AP Statistics
- AP Calculus AB/BC
- Advanced Mathematics Seminar

## Algebra

## Geometry/Honors Geometry

## Algebra II/Honors Algebra II

## Precalculus/Honors Precalculus

## Mathematics Electives

## AP Statistics

## AP Calculus AB/BC

## Advanced Mathematics Seminar

##### New York State Standards for Mathematical Practice

- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
- Model with mathematics
- Use appropriate tools strategically
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning