Mathematics at Smith School

Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year we began looking at adopting a new resource for our middle school mathematics curriculum. We were looking for a rigorous, research-based curriculum that would challenge all of our students and that had a good balance between conceptual (understanding the math) and procedural knowledge (doing the math). A group of Ramsey educators, including Smith math teachers, research and reviewed over the course of the next 1.5 years and made the recommendation that Connected Mathematics (CMP3) would be the best resource for Smith School. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, Connected Mathematics will be used as the main mathematical teaching resource for Grades 6 and 7 at Smith School.

Introduction to Connected Mathematics (CMP3)

Connected Mathematics is the most widely used middle school math curriculum in the United States. It is a challenging program used by some of the highest-achieving districts in New Jersey, including:

  • Ridgewood, Allendale, Upper Saddle River, Ho-ho-kus, Cresskill, Chatham, Millburn, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, West Essex, and Bernardsville.
Introduction to Connected Mathematics3 (CMP)

What does a CMP3 class look like?

CMP3_day in the life.pdf

Helping Your Children Succeed

parent-brochure-large.pdf

A Research Overview of CMP3

Connected Mathematics-A Research Overview.pdf

Information about program structures

Rationale

  • We are committed to increasing access for all students while providing the most challenging coursework appropriate for all students. To accomplish those goals, we have made the following changes:
    • Delaying recommendation into a math level until 6th grade. This allows more time for student development, time to transition to the middle school, and the recommendation to come from a teacher specializing in mathematics education.
    • We are still offering Algebra to 8th graders (essentially skipping Grade 8 Math) and putting them on the path for Calculus in Grade 12.
    • Offering a new Algebra course in 7th grade for students who show exceptional mathematical skills and aptitude. These students would be on the path to take a new course, Multivariable Calculus, in Grade 12.

Mathematical Pathways

  • All students will take Grade 6 Math.
    • 6th grade teachers will make recommendations for 7th Grade Math Placement
  • 7th grade students will either take:
    • Grade 7 Math
    • Grade 7 Math (Accelerated)
    • Algebra 1 (new offering beginning 18-19)
  • 8th Grade students will either take:
    • Grade 8 Math
    • Algebra 1
    • Algebra 2 or Geometry (new offering beginning 19-20)