Seattle Academy believes that the study of mathematics is vital to a well-rounded and highly successful individual. The curriculum and faculty of the Math Department provide opportunities for all students to develop as problem solvers, a challenge for math lovers, and an appropriate pace for each student. Classes help students build a strong foundation of skills with applications and extensions that apply to robotics, programming, and engineering. The most important thing you will find in our mathematics class is the outstanding faculty who love their area of study and show that passion to their students.
In Middle School, our algebra-based program merges geometry, statistics, and computer science. As Middle School begins, students hone number-sense skills and develop flexibility with concrete operations and understanding of variables. Continuing through our Middle School program, students master key concepts from algebra and geometry.
Upper School students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. As nearly all of our students take four years of mathematics, or even choose to enroll in extra mathematics courses, we offer Calculus 1 and 2 as well as a series of topics that explore the applications of mathematics. Advanced math and elective courses are available to students once they have met core math requirements.
- How is a student’s math course determined?
- If my child is in an accelerated math program at another school, what options do they have if they transfer to SAAS?
- After the school year starts, can a student change their math placement?
- What does a typical day look like in a math classroom?
- Do you have honors or AP classes?
- Do you have a Math Club?
- What textbooks do you use?
- What are examples of math sequences for students?
For their first year at SAAS, the following determines how a student is placed:
- transcripts and other information from previous school(s)
- standardized test scores
- information provided by the family
Throughout the school year faculty observe, assess, and analyze math performance and annual standardized test scores. Each spring faculty make placement recommendations for the following year.
We will work with families to assess individual students and place them in a class that is mathematically and developmentally appropriate. Please reach out to the Math Department Chair or Dean of STEM to inquire about specific needs.
Occasionally after reviewing a student’s progress in a particular math course, a teacher may recommend that a student change courses. Although course changes are rare, we strive to help each student to fully meet their math potential. The Math Department chair oversees all students’ long-term math plans and placement with the advice of teachers, testing data, and the big picture of students’ course schedules.
Variety is key! One day students might use technology to make observations and explore patterns, while another day they might investigate a new topic together and report their findings. One week students might work in groups to explore the math supporting a rover’s mission on Mars, while another week students might work at their own pace to develop and grow concepts and procedures.
By design, we do not offer honors or AP classes; however, we do provide options for challenge and enrichment in each course. This is communicated directly to colleges, which understand and support this approach. Students who take Calculus 2 have the option to take the AP Calculus BC exam to earn college credit.