We want to empower our girls to feel confident in their mathematical abilities and achieve a deep level of mathematical reasoning. Our rigorous integrated math program develops mathematicians who can transfer their skills to solve new and complicated problems, rather than simply memorizing one way of solving equations.
What does integrated math mean?
Instead of teaching one math subject a time, such as fractions or pre-algebra, the integrated math curriculum throughout RPCS focuses on problem-solving, critical thinking and connecting and building upon different math concepts, and drawing from prior knowledge to encourage deeper learning. In grades 8 through 11, we teach the Harkness math curriculum, which was established at Phillips Exeter Academy.
Why do we teach an integrated math curriculum?
By teaching creative and flexible approaches to solving problems, students gain a deeper understanding of these math concepts and how they are intertwined, which also expands their future possibilities in STEM fields. When girls feel empowered and confident in their mathematical abilities, they will continue to take risks and persevere through mistakes and failure.