The Grand Center Arts Academy mathematics program provides the sequence needed so that students will reach ambitious academic standards, approach complexities of mathematics confidently and enter the world of personal finance with skill and confidence. The course sequence meets the expectations within the Missouri Learning Standards for Math. The program is designed to provide students the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed for strong academic achievement on the Math Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and Algebra End of Course Exam (EOC). More importantly, it is designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills our students need for success in college and careers. To meet these expectations, our curriculum is student-centered and will allow for exploration, discovery, conjecture, and application of mathematics.
The program provides students needed mathematics computation and problem-solving skills. While mathematics may seem less immediately adaptable to the arts than social studies or literature, it has more opportunities for arts infusion than people might assume. In addition to geometric shapes and conceptual thinking, the graphing, modeling, logic, sequencing, measurement, proportions and ratios, along with other high-level math concepts, lend themselves to arts-based thinking and activities.
A major strength of the mathematics program is providing the option for mathematically-inclined students to move through the curriculum at their own pace and enroll in Algebra in grade seven or eight.
Students work toward mastery in three ways: by reviewing, maintaining and building upon previously learned skills, through direct, explicit instruction of new content, mathematical thinking and vocabulary, and by applying, reinforcing and demonstrating cumulative learning. Content is not confined to isolated chapters, as concepts from every topic and math strand are woven together and connected throughout the year to build larger math ideas. Student learning is reinforced, retention increased, and foundations are strengthened to support higher levels of achievement.
In an effort to produce a curriculum that meets the needs of our students, our work has been guided by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Common Core State Standards including the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice.
Mathematics is a fundamental skill used in all areas of life. Because students need to become lifelong mathematical learners to be successful in society, the Mathematics Department’s goal is to provide students with the necessary tools and opportunities to understand mathematical concepts. Another goal is to continually relate mathematics to real-world applications and situations.