Curriculum
Upper School
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 by teaching estimation and encouraging students to check their answers for reasonableness. We strive to cultivate a growth mindset towards learning mathematics. Through exploration and activities, we encourage girls to think deeply, embrace mistakes, and work collaboratively.

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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 daily practice assignments, cumulative homework assignments and projects, and assessments.
• #### 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 daily practice assignments, cumulative homework assignments, and assessments.
• #### Seventh Grade

Using Singapore Math's Dimensions series, 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 to solve problems. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between the verbal, numerical, symbolic, and graphical representations of equations. Topics include operations of real numbers; properties of operations; review of fractions, decimals and percents; evaluating expressions; rate, ratio, and speed; 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 daily practice assignments, cumulative homework assignments and projects, and assessments.
• #### 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 1 in high school by expanding their knowledge of real numbers, measurement, geometry, patterns, and functions. They will use algebraic expressions to represent real world scenarios; solve, write, and graph multi-step linear equations and inequalities, learn properties of exponents, simplify exponential expressions, and solve systems of equations and inequalities
. Hands-on activities are used to strengthen their understanding of abstract concepts, to exchange ideas, and to develop their ability to communicate and reason.

Students in 8-2 generally complete a full Algebra I course, including the study of linear functions and systems, exponents, polynomials, quadratics, and radical functions. Students in 8-3 will complete Algebra 1. Additional topics such as logarithms, matrices, and vectors will be explored, as time allows. Contingent upon their performance on placement tests at their respective high schools, many 8-2 and 8-3 students will move on to Geometry or Algebra II math classes as ninth graders.

Grades are based on daily practice assignments, cumulative homework assignments and projects, and assessments.

## Department Faculty

### List of 4 members.

• #### Joy Cooper

415.751.0187, ext. 366
University of Liverpool - B.A.
• #### Jessica Goldstein

US Math Specialist
415.751.0187, ext. 267
• #### James Haas

415.751.0187, ext. 261
• #### May Wong

Upper School Math Teacher, Seventh-Grade Advisor, National Board Certified Teacher
415.751.0177, ext. 323
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