Building on both the Lower School curriculum, Investigations 3, and the MS curriculum, Connected Math Program 3 and Integrated Math in 8th grade, the US curriculum is student-centered, problem-based learning that emphasizes a conceptual understanding of mathematics through student-led discussions and presentations.
The K-12 Integrated Math Program at RPCS encourages students to take risks, notice and test patterns, form conjectures, brainstorm strategies, analyze their responses for reasonableness, support their opinions and solutions, and consequently, develop solid problem-solving skills.
In Integrated Math 9, 10, and 11:
- The texts used for this course are a set of carefully sequenced problems, with a glossary of terms provided. The texts for the three-year integrated program provides a thorough and rigorous exploration of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and pre-calculus topics.
- Students are not presented with a ‘recipe’ before each problem as they would be with a traditional textbook; instead, they use previous problems and ideas as resources to develop an approach to each problem, giving them deep experience and practice with critical thinking and problem-solving.
- Students present their solutions each day in class. They have an opportunity to explain their thinking and address questions from their peers.
- Students have access to support during Math Workshop or office hours which are held daily.
Math Electives (offered in 11th and 12th grade):
- Personal Finance
- Statistics and AP Statistics
- Calculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC
- Assorted electives through the Tri-school Consortium
The teacher’s role in Upper School math is to guide and facilitate student-led problem solving, helping students identify salient ideas and clarify their thinking. Teachers:
- Ensure that students put up solutions to assigned problems;
- Facilitate discussion among students during investigations and presentations;
- Encourage questioning;
- Provided frequent, low-stakes assessments to ensure that students know the key ideas;
- Help students identify connections among problems- past and present;
- Extend problems or give additional examples, as needed;
- Summarize key concepts;
- Maintain a classroom atmosphere that promotes a growth mindset and respect and support for individual student learning styles.