The goals of the Middle School Mathematics Department are to develop basic skills, techniques, and vocabulary, as well as to develop the students' ability to read mathematics, analyze problem situations, and use the logic of mathematics. The department seeks to stimulate curiosity so that students will enjoy exploring new ideas and become independent learners of mathematics. Students should then be both motivated and prepared to continue this learning at each subsequent level, including the collegiate one.
The department seeks to give the student a comprehension of how mathematics contributes to:
- understanding natural phenomena
- investigation, interpretation, and decision making in everyday life
- preparation for vocations which utilize mathematics
- preparation for communicating mathematical ideas correctly and clearly to others