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# Mathematics

The study of Mathematics is more than computing answers to questions. Mathematics is the universal language. Our Mathematics courses are a stimulating, positive learning environment where students learn how and when to use strategies for problem solving, while simultaneously sharpening their organizational, computational, and communication skills.

Although each course covers different concepts, the approach is consistent with Middle School pedagogy.  Student understanding of mathematical concepts is attained through individual and small group work, cross curricular projects, board work, and videos and daily drills for competency. All courses use current technology for instructional purposes and for preparing the students to be able to adapt to future technology use.

Placement of students into a course is a highly individualized process with many pathways to success for each student.

### Mathematics Courses

#### Topics in Math

Topics in Math

This course aims to give students an understanding and confidence in mathematical practices. Special emphasis is placed on ratios, rates, operations with decimals, fractions, and integers, including an introduction to negative numbers. Algebraic topics are introduced with the study of expressions and equations.  Students participate in a coding program to give them an introduction to Computer Science principles.

#### Accelerated Math

Accelerated Math

This course gives students an introduction to the basic concepts of Pre-Algebra. Students are introduced to signed numbers and to the concept of a variable. Skills such as rates, ratios, proportions and percent are solidified.  Emphasis is placed on writing and evaluating algebraic expressions, solving equations and working with rational numbers. Exploration of the concepts of Geometry, Probability and Data Analysis are also continued. Multiple projects are included in this course that include topics such as budgeting, analyzing nutritional data, sports data, and profit/loss sheets.

#### Pre-Algebra

Pre Algebra

Students in this course begin their formal study of algebraic expressions and linear equations. They will write and use linear equations, linear functions, and system of equations to represent, analyze, and solve problems. Students begin their formal study of functions as well. They will explain the concept and uses of functions and describe functions in different representations (graphical, tabular, algebraic). Geometric concepts of congruence and similarity through exploration and transformation are investigated.

#### Algebra 1

Algebra 1

Students in this course will complete their journey of mastering basic algebra skills. Students solve systems of equations, use linear equations, and are introduced to functions and exponents.  Intermediate algebra skills such as factoring and exploring quadratic equations are learned through drill and exploration.Additional technological skills are added in the course with the use of a graphing calculator which is required for this course.

#### Algebra 2

Algebra 2

Middle school students with significant aptitude in Mathematics can access the Upper School curriculum. The course starts after quadratics with studies of more challenging functions and polynomials.

## Middle School Math Team

The middle school math team is open to any middle-schooler who has a love of problem-solving and thinking creatively. Students are able to enjoy an introduction to higher level topics not seen in a middle school classroom. They earn classroom credit for their participation. Their hard work culminates in a variety of competitions including interscholastic math meets, American Mathematics Competitions, and the MathCounts competition.

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Austin Preparatory School is a Catholic private school in Reading, MA for Middle School and High School students in grades 6-12. We seek to cultivate the hearts and minds of our young students and provide an environment in which our students can successfully learn, grow, and develop beyond the classroom. 