In Upper School, students solidify their calculation and computation skills and broaden their repertoire of problem-solving skills through “real-world” applications of math. We emphasize the development of number sense, teaching estimation and encouraging students to check their answers for reasonableness.

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  • Fifth Grade

    Using Singapore Math’s Primary Mathematics program, fifth grade students learn operations of whole numbers, decimals and fractions. Units on perimeter, area, surface area and volume, percentages, ratios and rates, angles and data analysis provide opportunities to apply computational skills.  Visual models and hands-on activities are used to solidify the understanding of concepts and number relationships.  By focusing on mathematical understanding, the program aims to develop students’ logical thinking and problem-solving skills. 
     
    Grades are based on the following:
    • Daily practice assignments: 10%
    • Cumulative homework assignments and projects: 30%
    • Tests and quizzes: 60%
  • Sixth Grade

    Using Singapore Math’s Primary Mathematics program, sixth grade students review and continue to develop their understanding of operations of positive integers, fractions and decimals.  Units on data and probability, percentages, ratios and proportions, measurement, algebra and geometry introduce new concepts and provide opportunities to apply computational skills. Visual models and hands-on activities are used to solidify understanding of concepts and number relationships.
     
    Grades are based on the following:
    • Daily practice assignments: 10%
    • Cumulative homework assignments and projects: 30%
    • Tests and quizzes: 60%
  • Seventh Grade

    The main goal of the seventh-grade math program is to develop each student’s ability to use mathematical thought to solve problems. We concentrate on developing thinking skills, logic, the ability to make inferences, and the ability to use estimation and approximation to solve problems. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the verbal, numerical, symbolic, and graphical representations of equations. In seventh grade, students begin a two-year algebra sequence emphasizing math foundations, using hands-on or visual investigation of mathematical problems whenever possible, and a review of fundamental concepts to strengthen skills and confidence in math. Topics include operations of real numbers; properties of operations; review of fractions, decimals and percents; evaluating expressions; solving and graphing linear equations, and probability. Students also study geometry concepts, including the area of irregular figures, similarity and the Pythagorean Theorem.
     
    Grades are based on the following:
    • Daily practice assignments: 10%
    • Cumulative homework assignments and projects: 30%
    • Tests and quizzes: 60%
  • Eighth Grade

    Our students solidify their calculation and computation skills and broaden their repertoire of problem-solving skills through “real-world” applications of math. We emphasize the development of number sense, teaching estimation and encouraging students to check their answers for reasonableness.
     
    The aim of section 8-1 is to prepare students for algebra in high school by expanding their knowledge of real numbers, measurement, geometry, patterns and functions. They will solve, write and graph linear equations and inequalities, learn properties of exponents, and solve systems of equations and inequalities. Hands-on activities are used to improve their understanding of abstract concepts, to exchange ideas, and to develop their ability to communicate and reason.
     
    Students in 8-2 generally complete Algebra I.  Contingent upon their performance on placement tests at their respective high schools, many 8-2 students will move on to Geometry or Algebra II math classes.
     
    Grades are based on the following:
    • Daily practice assignments: 10%
    • Cumulative homework assignments and projects: 30%
    • Tests and quizzes:  60%

Department Faculty

List of 3 members.

  • Joy Cooper 

    Fifth-, Sixth- & Eighth-Grade Math, Fifth-Grade Advisor
    415.751.0187, ext. 366
    University of Liverpool - B.A.
  • Jessica Kellar 

    Sixth-, Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Math Teacher; Sixth-Grade Advisor
    415.751.0187, ext. 340
    Dartmouth College - M.S.
    Wesleyan University - B.A.
  • May Wong 

    Sixth-, Seventh- & Eighth-Grade Math Teacher, Seventh-Grade Advisor
    415.751.0177, ext. 323
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