Why Singapore Math?
Academy Hill utilizes the Singapore Math® curriculum for grades K through 5. We have chosen the Singapore Math method because it is rooted in sound science and deep research regarding the way people, and particularly young children, learn mathematical concepts. The Singapore Math method uses a three-step learning process: concrete, pictorial and abstract. Instruction is paced to the needs of each individual student.
Singapore Math® maintains an appropriate balance between drill and creative problem solving and moves students more quickly and rationally toward abstract concepts. Compared to more traditional materials that cover a larger number of topics rather superficially, Singapore Math® 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.
The curriculum is extremely clear, highly logical and sequential, with a strong focus on mental math. Our teachers strive to provide students with strong opportunities to practice without resorting to rote repetition. Challenging word problems build thinking skills and help students apply math in a variety of situations. Our curriculum has proven effective at preparing students for advanced secondary and postsecondary study in mathematics.
The Kindergarten curriculum incorporates a wide range of activities designed to introduce children to key 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 positions students for more advanced math. The curriculum first introduces students to key concepts with concrete examples and pictures. Then, the students are led progressively and logically to understand the abstract concept.
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.