Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
Mathematics enables people to make sense of a universe that might otherwise seem to be hopelessly complicated. Today mathematics is used in more fields of endeavor than ever before and has become more essential in everyday life. The Council Rock mathematics curriculum offers every student the opportunity to realize his or her maximum potential and acquire the knowledge and skills to become a mathematically literate citizen.
In grades K-3 appropriate mathematical experiences challenge young children to explore ideas related to patterns, shapes, numbers, and space with increasing sophistication. Mathematics at this level is presented in a manner which supports children’s confidence that mathematics learning is within their reach and enables them to make sense of mathematical concepts. The primary concepts explored at this level are numbers and their relationships, place value, introductory algebraic concepts, and attributes of shapes. The development of problem solving skills is interwoven throughout the curriculum.
The development of the foundational skills of mathematics and problem solving continues in the upper elementary grades. The three central mathematical themes at this level are multiplicative reasoning, equivalence, and computational fluency. There is further building of a foundation of algebraic concepts.
In grades 7 and 8 the focus of mathematics study shifts toward a formal study of algebra.
The high school mathematics curriculum consists of a broad selection of courses designed to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students. Teacher recommendation and previous achievement in mathematics guide course selection.
The curriculum builds on students’ prior knowledge to increase their abilities to visualize, describe, and analyze situations in mathematical terms. The graphing calculator is an integral part of mathematics education at this level. The curriculum provides all students with a broad base of abilities to enable them to adapt to and prepare for their role in a changing world.