The goal of the Mathematics Department is for students to gain a thorough understanding of the key concepts in math and to be able to apply these concepts at the level appropriate to their mathematical development and aptitude. Students are expected to know and use mathematical concepts and skills appropriately. They are encouraged to develop computational and manipulative skills that will help them in all aspects of problem solving. Whenever possible, students will appreciate the cultural and utilitarian aspects of mathematics and its applicability to other subjects and everyday life.
WPS’s math teachers understand the learning needs of our students and employ different techniques to accommodate different backgrounds and cater to their learning styles. We strive to make our courses enjoyable, accessible, and appropriately challenging for each student. We offer tutorials designed to focus on strengthening foundational skills for those students who need it. At all levels, the focus is to enhance students’ problem solving skills and develop their analytical abilities.
We regularly encourage students to participate in the American Math Competitions and in summer courses for talented students.
Mathematics 6 is designed for students to use their critical thinking skills and recognize the existence of mathematics in the world around them. The curriculum provides students with a strong background in numbers, operations, and arithmetic, allowing them to be successful in subsequent mathematics courses. Throughout the course, students work collaboratively and independently, and learn to critique their peers’ work. Students apply their skills towards graphing, logic, rational numbers, order of operations, data analysis, probability and statistics, and geometry. This course provides students with many opportunities to demonstrate their mastery of mathematics.
Pre-algebra is an introductory algebra course. The course is designed to introduce students to abstract mathematics concepts and thinking and begin to develop the concept of pro-numeration. Students learn how to apply mathematical expressions, equations, and graphs to various real-life examples and how to represent situations using multiple facets. Students apply their algebra skills through graphing, order of operations, linear equations, linear inequalities, logic, rational and irrational numbers, radicals, proportions, and applications of percentages. This course provides students many opportunities to demonstrate their mastery of pre-algebra.
Algebra 1 focuses on the elementary rules of mathematics, building a strong foundation for future mathematics courses. The curriculum includes solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, simplifying exponential and radical expressions, and exploring polynomials. Students learn various ways to solve quadratic and rational equations. Discussions are frequent to relate these topics to various real-life situations.
Geometry This course focuses on the theorems of Euclid, with some formal proofs, but an emphasis on the understanding of the concepts and properties of these theorems and an application to numerical and problem solving situations. After the study of triangle properties, students are introduced to the three basic trigonometric ratios and their application to real-life situations. Students work on problems involving two and three-dimensional objects and the calculation of area, surface area, and volume.
The first part of this course focuses on elementary rules of mathematics, building a strong foundation for future mathematics courses. Students focus on solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities, as well as polynomials.
Advanced Geometry The course then transitions to Geometry with a focus on the theorems of Euclid with some formal proofs, but an emphasis on the understanding of the concepts and properties of these theorems and an application to numerical and problem-solving situations. After the study of triangle properties, students are introduced to the three basic trigonometric ratios and their application to real-life situations. Students work on problems involving two and three-dimensional objects and the calculation of area, surface area, and volume.
Algebra II & Trigonometry course allows students to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts and principles and apply their skills to solve problems related to real-world contexts. The curriculum includes algebraic systems of equations and inequalities, sequences and series, direct and inverse variation, statistics, probability, permutations and combinations, and the study of various types of functions
The course concludes with a study of trigonometry, focusing on triangle trigonometry, trigonometric identities, and trigonometric graphs.