Students in Ms. Bennet's Class work on math problems

The Mathematics Department develops students' skills, understanding, and mathematical confidence; instills curiosity about mathematical ideas; assists students to understand their evolving strengths and challenges as math learners; and pursues appropriate opportunities to engage with the community and to foster a sense of social responsibility. 

We are guided by these principles:

  • Conceptual understanding supports procedural facility, and procedural facility empowers students to apply their understanding to solve problems.  Good mathematics teaching balances and interconnects the procedural and conceptual realms.

  • Curriculum and instruction must be programmatically coherent, evidence-based, and developmentally appropriate for students at all levels.

  • An academically and developmentally diverse student body requires a variety of courses, instructional strategies, and supports.  A curriculum should offer a number of courses and pathways to engage, challenge, and empower students.

  • Good teaching instills confidence, resilience, independence, and flexibility.  Students should develop the disposition and skills to solve problems creatively, estimate outcomes, catch errors, and assess the reasonableness of results.  Students should appreciate the aesthetic and practical value of mathematics, its connections to other disciplines, its historical and cultural foundations, and its place in their own lives.

  • “Rigor” in mathematics means that claims are supported by sound reasoning, effectively communicated.  While appropriate challenge is desirable, it is distinct from rigor as a curricular element.

  • Students thrive in an environment that acknowledges and values their full identities and that encourages and supports them all.

  • Educational technology should inform and enhance the teaching, learning, and doing of mathematics.  Students should learn to make sound judgments about how and when to use a given resource.

Get to know our faculty

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Gargi Bajpai

Math Teacher

Laura Berdine

Mathematics Teacher

Jon Blight

Upper School Math Teacher

Michelle Bonderer

Mathematics Teacher

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