Students in grades 3-5 who need extra challenge and enrichment beyond the standard curriculum work with the math specialist during their regularly scheduled 55 minute math time. The curriculum is designed for students who have strong basic skills, grasp new concepts very quickly, are curious about mathematics, and are persistent in problem solving. Advanced concepts and problem solving are developed through modeling activities, group and peer discussions, and the study of underlying math concepts, rather than the memorization of algorithms. The degree of acceleration is dependent on the ability of the students, and their emotional and social maturity.
Students are placed into each grade level class based on standardized testing, end and beginning of year assessments, and their previous math teacher’s recommendation. This is done to ensure that students have the skill level necessary for the pacing and challenges of the class.
Grades 3-5 use Math in Focus Singapore Math