Students study arithmetic using whole numbers,
fractions, and decimals to understand concepts and strengthen skills.
Manipulatives are used to help illustrate some concepts. Other topics include
measurement, geometry, estimation, and problem solving. Mental and written
computation is emphasized, but calculators or computers are used for
appropriate activities. Students work individually as well as in groups when
appropriate. Students are enriched with Weekly Challenges where the language of
mathematics is emphasized as well as communicating problem solving strategies.
mathematics curriculum includes fractions, decimals, percents, number theory,
order of operations, measurement, two-dimensional geometry, data analysis, and
an introduction to negative numbers. Students develop basic financial literacy
through a computer simulation project. All topics involve individual and group
activities and solving a variety of problems. Scientific calculators are
introduced. Computer spreadsheets are also introduced and used during the study
of financial literacy and data analysis. Students participate in the Elementary
School Math Olympiads.