An essential element in meeting our mission is to ensure that students are developing into effective mathematical problem-solvers and thinkers. Through problem solving, reasoning, logic, and communication in a variety of situations, students come to appreciate the wider application and use of mathematics, both as a discipline in its own right and as a means of interpreting and understanding the world.
The K-5 mathematics program is based upon the rigorous Common Core Standards, which are divided into six domains for elementary school: Counting & Cardinality, Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Number & Operations in Base Ten, Number & Operations—Fractions, Measurement & Data, and Geometry. Eight essential mathematical practices are also embedded into mathematics instruction at AAS.
Introduced at the beginning of the year and built upon continuously, these eight Mathematical Practices are the foundation for all math learning.
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them;
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively;
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others;
- Model with mathematics;
- Use appropriate tools strategically;
- Attend to precision;
- Look for and make use of structure;
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.