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MATHEMATICS

*Philosophy Statement: The Mathematics Department of TLS clearly recognizes the amazing attributes of God. For example, His order, precision, creative powers, immutability, and patterns all embed Mathematics. Mathematics helps us to refine our God-given potential to reason, and problem solve using logic. Math is integrated through project based learning in other subject areas and labs other than math class. TLS Mathematics offers a comprehensive model that produces highly effective individuals who can app*ly* mathematics in the real world.*

Algebra readiness is a determining factor in math placement in our Academy. Saxon Math Courses 1, 2, and 3 integrate and distribute traditional units, giving students time to learn and practice skills throughout the year, master content, and develop algebraic thinking(www.hmhco.com). Our comprehensive math model includes a balance of higher level team based problem solving, individual problem solving, concrete activities, technology integrations, and computational practice. Advanced math students have an opportunity to take math courses above their grade level. Math Lab is available for students who need additional time and help to strengthen math skills.

We reviewed Christian model school math programs that scored in the top 85% nationally on ITBS. The team found model school math programming integrates the best of traditional math resources along with higher level problem solving resources. The most widely used curriculum by model Christian schools who responded to our survey was the latest version of Saxon Math K-8. Other trends noted were also Singapore Math in earlier grades but only with some with skill based traditional supplements.

College Preparatory Mathematics will continue to be a supplement to our balanced math program as a strong team based challenge component. Model schools also focused on differentiated learning within each grade level offering split groups of on- level students, intervention, and advanced level students. Timely assessments or benchmarks were also a strong component of model school math programs. In fact, schools plan comprehensive assessments, and exams. TLS will implement STAR math to administer quarterly benchmarks to set goals and help differentiate learning and even homework.

Technology support through IXL is an engaging way for students to also access and individualized math program at any level including high school level math. IXL will be available as an added benefit for home and school use.

Fifth Grade: We strive to balance between conceptual understanding and computation proficiency, data sense, data analysis and algebraic reasoning. Students will become fluent in operations relating to fractions and decimals. They will also focus on critical thinking, problem solving, written and oral communication, and mathematical reasoning.

Saxon Course 1: Students systematically move from whole numbers, fractions, decimals to more advanced work. Ratios are used to compare data sets; measurements & conversions, 3D figures are classified; data collection, interpretation and with a statistical presentation, percents and integers are introduced; probability; and geo-metric investigation. Students begin the introduction to pre-algebra thinking and equations with only one variable.

Saxon Course 2: This course uses higher level problem solving applications with proportional reasoning, and increasing computations with integers. Students better assimilate properties, solve linear equations and use advanced data analysis strategies to form inferences. 2D-3D figures are explored and graphing is also extended. Higher level team based challenges are integrated using College Preparatory Mathematics. Digital integrations include IXL Math for self-paced independent practice.

Saxon Course 3: Students begin pre- algebra preparation including concepts of geometry. Additional proficiency is exercised with rational numbers, decimals, fractions ( - and +) Proportions may be used to problem solve in a wide range of ways. Two-step equations, graphing equations, transformations in regards to geometric shapes, coordinates, matrices to and higher level ways to organize, interpret and report data findings. The Pythagorean Theorem is also new problem solving focus. Rules, graphs, tables and more are introduced. Students will be offered the opportunity for Algebra ½ or 1 based on faculty recommendation and assessments.

Algebra 1/2 covers all topics normally taught in Pre- Algebra and includes geometry and discrete mathematics topics that are commonly used in engineering and computer sciences. Instructional Algebra 1/2 includes compression, approximating roots, polynomials, advanced graphing, basic trigonometry, and more.

Algebra 1 student edition covers all topics in a first-year Algebra course, with instruction in proofs, statistics, and probability. The Saxon Math curriculum has an incremental structure that distributes content throughout the year. This integrated and connected approach provides deep, long-term mastery of the content and skills www.hmhco.com

Math Lab (Grades 5-8): This course is intended to help those students whose skills and content knowledge need extra practice or advanced challenges through the benefit of small group instruction.