The Mathematics curriculum at CHAMPS develops the “habits of mind” that fosters mastery of mathematics content as well as understanding while students learn content in the context of real-world situations, using mathematics to solve a range of problems. Our program and instructional methodologies will be directly aligned with the new CA CCSS in Mathematics (CCSSM), guided by the CA Mathematics Frameworks. Throughout the progression of mathematics courses, students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare them for college, careers and productive citizenship. CHAMPS students are required to take three years of course work (four years recommended) in the Math department.
CHAMPS mathematics instruction aligns itself with the shift in mathematics based on the Common Core State Standards. Our courses will have a greater focus on fewer topics with depth of content and coherence, linking topics across grades and maintaining rigor. Students will be asked to justify their answers appropriate to the students’ mathematical maturity. At CHAMPS we stress strong foundational conceptual understanding, display a high degree of procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply the mathematics to sole problems both inside and outside the classroom. With this foundational understanding, students apply their learning to real world situations, such as modeling mathematical and engineering concepts regarding the environment, biology, and physics. Additionally, with an infusion of the arts, students will apply math skills to the likes of set design, lighting design, sound amplification, perspective drawing and animation. Students also experience coherence from vertical mathematical connections that reflect a progression of increasing knowledge, skill, and sophistication across the grades. As CHAMPS students learn mathematics in the categories of Number and Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Modeling, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability, the curriculum ensures that conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application be approached with equal intensity and rigor.
CHAMPS students are scheduled in courses based on placement and diagnostic tests given after admission and before the start of the school year. Incoming ninth grade students who have not yet demonstrated mastery of the necessary prerequisite skills for Algebra 1 are placed into an Introduction to Algebra class. Students equipped with skills from pre-algebra or Integrated Math 8 will be place in Algebra 1. Students who have mastered Algebra 1 content will be placed in Geometry. Students who have mastered both Algebra 1 and Geometry content will be placed in Algebra 2 Honors. All ninth graders must be enrolled in a math class. The CHAMPS Mathematics Program includes the following CCSSM-aligned courses, which are designed to make mathematics content robust, linked across the grades, and relevant to the real world, so that CHAMPS students acquire the knowledge and skills they need for success in college and careers.