K-12 Mathematics

Our Mathematics Curriculum incorporates a variety of research-based programs and high-quality instruction to help us best meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Mathematics Frameworks and prepare students to be college and/or career ready. Our drive for excellence represents a promise of equitable education for all students.

APS Beliefs About Math Learning

  • All students can learn mathematics at high levels, and instruction that reaches these levels dramatically increases students’ mathematics achievement.
  • Students learn best when they engage in solving problems with real-world implications that include critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity.
  • When students struggle, make mistakes, work hard, persevere and self-reflect on their mathematical thinking, they demonstrate skills needed for future success.

The Teacher’s Role in the Mathematics Classroom

The teacher is the professional decision maker that supports the needs of every student in the room.

The educator:

  • Ensures students understand the context and what is being asked
  • Asks questions to advance students’ thinking in productive ways
  • Helps students share their work and understand others’ work through productive discussions
  • Synthesizes the learning with students at the end of activities and lessons

The Students’ Responsibilities in the Mathematics Classroom

Students take an active role, both individually and in groups, to collectively learn mathematics and independently solve problems. With growth mindsets, students believe that their ability and intelligence grow and change through hard work, grit and persistence.

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