US Mathematics

The Upper School mathematics program at Centreville Layton School combines individualization with a diagnostic-prescriptive approach. Weaknesses are identified, documented, then enriched. The program follows the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Standards. The program was reverse engineered beginning with a college freshman’s first day- what skills are necessary for student success? From this point, the skills were tracked backwards until day 1 of grade 9. Essentially, a four-year map was created to try and best serve our students. New material is presented in increments. Each increment builds on the foundation of earlier increments, leading students to a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. The instruction of related increments is carefully distributed throughout the grade level, ensuring that students have the opportunity to master each increment before being introduced to the next related one.

The overall goals include: developing confidence by providing an experience of success in doing math, introducing and developing math study skills, and becoming better prepared for future math courses in a secondary or college setting through metacognitive strategies.

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