Math Program Overview

Our Approach

Math opens us up to the invisible and ordered world all around us. Math helps us think logically, enhance our critical thinking skills, and create and improve our environment in a more orderly way. The reasoning skills learned through the practice of math are an essential piece of a liberal arts education.

Unlike advanced levels of math such as algebra and calculus, our middle school math program is designed to help students build a strong foundational understanding of skills such as fractions, decimals, negative numbers, and basic geometry, which most students will use regularly throughout their daily lives. The attitude students develop towards math in middle school is likely to shape their attitude towards math in high school, college, and life.

Live Math Courses

Live math classes are four days a week, Monday through Thursday. The four sessions are split between two live class sessions with a mentor and two live workshops with a math tutor. In live class sessions, mentors lead students through engaging simulations and modeling workshops that help students discover where math came from, why it is AWESOME, and how to apply it to real-life problems. They are project-based and revolve around inspiring and helpful live math classes taught by passionate math mentors. In live workshop sessions, high-quality math tutors lead small group discussions that allow students to deepen their understanding concepts from class. In these workshops, students have access to an assigned tutor with a tutor to student ratio of 1:10 on average. These courses are ideal for students who need a strong support system and structured schedule to succeed in math and who enjoy learning in a group.

Near the beginning of each section of the course, students are introduced to an engaging project or simulation that will anchor their learning throughout the section in real-world application, and nurture their inherent motivation to master the concepts taught. In subsequent sessions, math mentors introduce students to new math topics and work through problems together, providing students with the opportunity to ask for clarification and solidify their understanding and confidence. Students are required to complete daily math assignments that draw on readings from story-based math resources (such as Life of Fred textbooks) and skill-based applications (such as Khan Academy).

Daily Math Practice

Students in all math courses are expected to spend 30–60 minutes each day, five days per week, practicing math. Students will practice math using a variety of resources including worksheets, Life of Fred textbooks, and Khan Academy, depending on the topic.

Accelerated Pace Encouraged

Live courses can accommodate students who want to move ahead at an accelerated pace. Math mentors are trained to support accelerated students and ensure that no student is held back from reaching their full potential each year in our math program. Math mentors individualize assignments and create customized math plans to help students achieve their goals each semester and to support and encourage students who wish to move ahead.

 

Middle School Math

CoursesRecommended GradeCreditDelivery FormatPrerequisites
6th Grade Math A6th0.5LiveNone
6th Grade Math B6th0.5Live6th Grade Math A
7th Grade Math A7th0.5Live6th Grade Math A , 6th Grade Math B - or a qualifying placement exam
7th Grade Math B7th0.5Live7th Grade Math A
8th Grade Math A8th0.5Live7th Grade Math A , 7th Grade Math B - or a qualifying placement exam
8th Grade Math B8th0.5Live8th Grade Math A
High School Math6th, 7th, 8th 0.5Live8th Grade Math A , 8th Grade Math B - or a qualifying placement exam