Mathematics

The study of Mathematics is more than providing questions and answers to our students. Therefore, our aim is to offer students a place to explore the engaging subject of Mathematics and to discover their individual interests, passions and talents. While we begin with vocabulary building, copying and learning examples and note-taking, our central focus is to provide student-centered learning through the generation and implementation of subject-specific and cross-curricular exercises, activities and projects that appeal to individual learning styles. We show them how to make sense of information and themselves, and we guide and support them in their intellectual and academic endeavors. We want our students to begin thinking about thinking, acquiring a knowledge of how and when to use strategies for problem solving, while simultaneously sharpening their organizational, computational, and communication skills. Soon they will generate their own questions, seek answers and measure their mathematical mastery as they confidently apply it in their classroom and everyday experiences.

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.

Grade 6

Applications and Connections

Students who have demonstrated advanced mathematics knowledge may be placed on an accelerated track. 

Coursework is designed to provide a thorough grounding in computational skills and to develop a secure foundation in mathematical reasoning. Competency in the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, integers and decimals is stressed, as is knowledge of percentages. Students are also taught approaches to help them solve various types of work problems and analyze data. Basic concepts of Geometry, Probability and Algebra are also introduced.

Grade 7

Math Applications and Concepts

This is an introduction to the basic concepts of Algebra. Students are introduced to signed numbers and to the concept of a variable. They are taught to combine variables into algebraic expressions, to perform operations on these expressions and to solve linear equations. Exploration of the concepts of Geometry, Probability and Data Analysis are continued.

 

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Pre Algebra

 

Students of superior ability and achievement in modern mathematics and with approval of the instructor and the Department Chair may advance directly to Pre Algebra. This study is an integrated transition to Algebra and Geometry. Emphasis is on an introduction to basic concepts of Algebra including problem solving, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary skills.

 

Grade 8

Pre Algebra

This is an integrated transition to Algebra and Geometry. Emphasis is on an introduction to the basic concepts of Algebra including problem solving, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary skills.

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Algebra

Students of superior ability and achievement in modern mathematics and with approval of the instructor and the Department Chair may advance directly to Algebra. This study stresses the axiomatic development of the algebra of real numbers. Topics included are basic logic, signed numbers, polynomials, quadratic equations and functions, and an introduction to coordinate geometry and systems of equations. Emphasis is placed upon development of proficiency through drill and reinforcement.

101 Willow Street  •  Reading, MA 01867
Phone: (781) 944 - 4900  •  Fax: (781) 944 - 7530

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.

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