The goal of the Mathematics program at Silver Lake Regional High School is to enable students to understand mathematics deeply and use it effectively so as to be college and career ready upon graduation. To help students achieve mathematical understanding, all courses in mathematics emphasize a balance of procedural fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem solving. The philosophy of the Mathematics Department is that students need to be actively engaged in doing interesting and challenging mathematics as they:
● Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
● Reason abstractly and quantitatively
● Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
These and five other Standards for Mathematical Practice along with a coherent set of rigorous content standards from the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics (© 2017) are the foundation for each course in the Mathematics Department.Students must successfully complete four years of mathematics in order to fulfill the requirements of graduation. Three years of mathematics need to be successfully completed in core courses; the fourth year may consist of another core math course or two semester-long electives offered through the Mathematics Department. In order to maintain high standards and promote a challenging and appropriate mathematics education for all students, placement into mathematics courses is based on demonstrated performance. Therefore, when selecting a mathematics course students are expected to take the most challenging course for which they have met the prerequisite or recommendation.
Technology is an essential element in the teaching and learning of high school mathematics. According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, “When technological tools are available, students can focus on decision making, reflection, reasoning, and problem solving.” All students enrolled in mathematics courses must own a scientific calculator or a graphing calculator. Students enrolled in Advanced Placement, honors, or college-preparatory 1 mathematics classes should strongly consider purchasing a graphing calculator, preferably TI-84 family of calculators. It is important for students to gain familiarity with their own calculator in order to use it as a tool during class and for homework. Further, calculators may be used on standardized tests, including portions of the MCAS, PSATs, SATs, and college placement tests.