Academy Hill School utilizes the Singapore Math® curriculum for grades K through 5. The curriculum is extremely clear, highly logical and sequential, and has a strong focus on mental math. Students get a good amount of practice without too much repetition. Challenging word problems build thinking skills and help students apply math in a variety of situations.
The Kindergarten curriculum incorporates a wide range of activities designed to introduce children to some of the basic math concepts including color, shape, size, number, length, weight, capacity, time, money, and graphs. This approach helps students to begin their lives with a positive competence in math leading to lifelong mastery and confidence in this subject.
The Primary Program (grades 1 through 5) builds a foundation of thinking that will position them for more advanced math. The curriculum first introduces students to key concepts with concrete examples and pictures. Then, the student is led progressively and logically to understand the abstract concept. Singapore Math® maintains an appropriate balance between drill and creative problem solving and moves the students more quickly and rationally toward abstract concepts. Compared to more traditional materials that cover a larger number of topics rather superficially, SM solidly builds the core math concepts that will best prepare students for the challenges of a more advanced math program. There is an emphasis on classwork and practice, and an effective mix of word problems, drills and mental calculations. This approach stimulates clarity of thought, communication skill in the language of mathematics, and adaptability to problem solving. Instruction is paced to the needs of each individual student.
Middle School students start with a course in Pre-Algebra in Grade 6 and progress through our curriculum as mastery of each level of math is demonstrated. Students in the Middle School can participate in Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II contingent upon school based assessment results. Application of content knowledge along with in depth problem-solving are required as students work from one subject to the next.