The Mathematics Department at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy provides rigorous and challenging courses for all levels of students during each year of study in the Upper School. All students are required to take four years of mathematics and some elect to take one or more additional elective math courses. The typical four years of mathematics begin with Advanced Algebra 1 or Geometry and extend through Pre-Calculus, Calculus, or Statistics. Courses in 9th and 10th grade are sectioned into Honors and College Prep while in 11th grade the classes are sectioned into Pre-AP, Honors, and College Prep, allowing for each student to be challenged at an appropriate level. AP Statistics and AP Calculus are taught to the specific AP curriculum and will prepare students for the AP examination given in May of each year. The College Prep and Honors courses will provide students with a solid, fundamental understanding and preparation for college-level mathematics.
Logical and critical thinking and the interdependence of ideas are stressed as much as the accumulation of factual information. The mathematics curriculum strives to respond to the prior experience, current knowledge, aspirations, and learning style of each student, through the teaching of the fundamental skills and concepts.
Evaluation of students’ progress is based on their performance in the classroom: their homework, quizzes, tests, projects, presentations, and papers.