Middle School Math
Mathematics not only facilitates logical thinking but is also used to describe and analyze our world. At Peak to Peak, our math classes teach students to value mathematics as a discipline unto itself, to make connections between mathematics and other disciplines, and to examine the applications of mathematics in our world. We balance the development of formal mathematical algorithms with critical reasoning and investigating mathematical properties and ideas. We expect students to think through the mathematics behind formal skills rather than to simply follow set procedures. Through practice, students become proficient with their formal skills and develop strategies for thinking critically. In Middle School, we use calculators and other technology solely for the investigation of mathematical ideas and concepts when calculations and graphing by hand are excessively laborious. We expect students to perform computation of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percents without the aid of calculators.
Peak to Peak’s honors and standard classes cover the same content. The difference between the classes lies in the mathematical rigor of the problems and the time spent introducing concepts. Students who enjoy challenging mathematical reasoning, have a solid mastery of concepts from the previous courses, and pick up material quickly will be candidates for the honor courses. Students who have historically struggled to master skills or who need extra time to process concepts will be placed in standard classes. Placement decisions are based on achievement in prior math classes, teacher recommendations, and diagnostic skills tests.