Middle School Math
Cedar Hill Prep School’s Math curriculum is based on the recommendations of the National Mathematics Panel Report.
Cedar Hill Prep uses the Primary Math Standards Edition for Grades 1-5. Primary mathematics uses a concrete – pictorial – abstract approach; and emphasizes mental math and model drawing. Primary Math is easier for teachers to use, more rigorous, faster paced, offers greater density of mathematical content, better balance of skills, content and problem solving, clearer, simpler and logical progression of topics and less distracting.
According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the ideal middle school mathematics program should continue to develop algebraic thinking from the elementary curriculum and should connect to important ideas in algebra and geometry, also allowing students to deal with data and elementary statistics.
CHP Middle School Math curriculum integrates mathematics content from Algebra, geometry and statistics into a continuous three-year program in Grade 6, 7 and 8. This encompasses the traditional Grade 6 Math, Algebra 1 and Geometry taught in most middle schools. CHP Middle School curriculum is built on the following tenets stated by the National Mathematics Panel to prepare students for Algebra, the curriculum must simultaneously develop conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and problem-solving skills.
Computational proficiency with whole number operations is dependent on sufficient and appropriate practice to develop recall of addition and related subtraction facts, and of multiplication and related division facts. It also requires fluency with the standard algorithms for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Children’s goals and beliefs about learning are related to their mathematics performance. Experimental studies have demonstrated that changing children’s beliefs from a focus on ability to a focus on effort increases their engagement in mathematics learning, which in turn improves mathematics outcomes.