The district’s math program is aligned with the Next Generation Learning Standards. In grades K-5, the focus is stronger on number facts, fluency and students’ ability to use math in critical skills applications. In grades 6-8, the focus is greater on the study of fractions, rates, ratios, proportional relationships, slope and linear equations, providing an on-ramp to algebra and advanced mathematics. There is an appropriate balance between procedural fluency, conceptual understanding and application. The district is committed to technology-infused instruction and uses digital resources to support the math curriculum.
Math Expressions was adopted for our K - 6 Math core program. The Math Expressions curriculum is designed to help children make sense of math by exploring, discussing, and demonstrating their understanding of key concepts. In engaging, active lessons, students learn how to look deeper and choose their own path to the answers.
Elementary students use supplemental software programs such as, I Know It, XtraMath, IXL Math and ST Math to test a student’s ability and provide practice on fluency and problem-solving drills. Beginning in grade five, students who achieve a specified level in math can be placed in an accelerated math program. For those students who excel, High School Algebra I and Geometry are offered in grades 7-8. Students in the upper grades have Castle Learning, DeltaMath and IXL, which provide a wide range of content-specific learning support. Students in grades 9-12 are offered several math course options. For students new to the country who need to build their math skills, an internet based program called ALEKS is offered through a bilingual math class. Various levels of intermediate Algebra and Geometry are offered to prepare students to succeed on the Regents examinations. Financial & Business Math Application courses are also offered, while Advanced Placement Calculus AB, Advanced Placement Calculus BC, Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles, Advanced Placement Statistics, Calculus and Pre-Calculus are offered to advanced math students.
A Freeport Mathematics Honor Society has been established to recognize achievement, encourage scholarship and promote enjoyment of mathematics among high school students.