Mathematics is an integral part of the classical school, with its own grammar, approach to problem solving, and its own “alphabet.” Students learn the basics about numbers and how to count by ones, by tens, and by fives when they are early learners at CCS. They learn about the concepts of adding and subtracting without actually doing the computations.
In Pre-Kindergarten through first grade, they are taught mathematics in a more systematic way, using the Saxon Math program. This is a spiral approach to learning in which review of older concepts and teaching of new concepts are spun together like a spiral on a daily basis. Our students are taught in an accelerated format, using the textbook that is actually a grade level ahead of the grade they are in. This is one of the strengths of a spiraled approach—students will continue to review the basics in each lesson, even as they learn more complex and challenging uses of those basic foundational characteristics of numbers and how they function. Solving word problems is a main focus throughout the grades, and supplemental texts and activities are used to help students become confident in their ability to use the math skills they have learned.
The math curriculum for Grades 2 through 4 transitions to Everyday Mathematics which provides the student a more rigorous program to learn new concepts and to review their old as well. We continue the accelerated format where students are taught using the math textbook that is actually a grade level ahead of their current grade. The Everyday Math curriculum expects higher levels of accomplishment at every grade level incorporating features that help make mathematics accessible to all students. A variety of math strategies are taught to help students solve word problems.
In the fifth and sixth grades, Mathworks Curriculum Math Explorations Parts 1 and 2 is the new more rigorous math curriculum selected for the beginning Logic Stage students at CCS. This approach allows students to apply problem solving strategies to real world situations using inductive, abductive, and deductive reasoning.
Seventh grade students will study Pre-Algebra and continue to apply problem solving strategies to real world situations using inductive, abductive, and deductive reasoning to build on the knowledge and skills from previous grades. This approach will prepare them for eighth grade Algebra and the rigorous math curriculum of high school.