• Welcome to the Mathematics Website
    Julie Eastburn Ed.D, District Mathematics Coordinator
    Council Rock High School South
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    Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. 
    ~Albert Einstein




        Mathematics enables people to make sense of a universe that might otherwise seem to be hopelessly complicated.  Today mathematics is used in more fields of endeavor than ever before and has become more essential in everyday life.  The Council Rock mathematics curriculum offers every student the opportunity to realize his or her maximum potential and acquire the knowledge and skills to become a mathematically literate citizen.


    Elementary Curriculum

         In grades K-3 appropriate mathematical experiences challenge young children to explore ideas related to patterns, shapes, numbers, and space with increasing sophistication.  Mathematics at this level is presented in a manner which supports children’s confidence that mathematics learning is within their reach and enables them to make sense of mathematical concepts.  The primary concepts explored at this level are numbers and their relationships, place value, introductory algebraic concepts, and attributes of shapes.  The development of problem solving skills is interwoven throughout the curriculum.

         The development of the foundational skills of mathematics and problem solving continues in the upper elementary grades. The three central mathematical themes at this level are multiplicative reasoning, equivalence, and computational fluency.  There is further building of a foundation of algebraic concepts.  Students are encouraged to think through and explain their solutions, instead of seeking or trying to recollect “the” right answer.    

        Middle School Curriculum

         In grades 7 and 8 the focus of mathematics study shifts toward a formal study of algebra.  Students continue their study of numbers and number relationships by expanding to rational number computation and estimation and relationships among fractions, decimals, and percents.  Problem solving and reasoning skills are developed through experience with problems involving area, volume, probability, and basic statistics.  In algebra, linear relationships and their representations in tables, graphs, and equations are explored.  Facility with proportion is developed through ratio and proportion, similarity, scaling, linear equations, and slope.

         All students, including those having difficulty in mathematics, are given the opportunity to experience a broad and diversified mathematics curriculum.  A strong emphasis is placed on the development of good work and study habits.  An active involvement in the learning process is required of each student to guarantee success in our mathematics program. 
    High School Curriculum

          The high school mathematics curriculum consists of a broad selection of courses designed to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students. Teacher recommendation and previous achievement in mathematics guide course selection.

          The curriculum builds on students’ prior knowledge to increase their abilities to visualize, describe, and analyze situations in mathematical terms.  The graphing calculator is an integral part of mathematics education at this level.  The curriculum provides all students with a broad base of abilities to enable them to adapt to and prepare for their role in a changing world.


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