Mathematics

Observe Critically, Think Analytically, Solve Logically

 

Understand Our World

Mathematics is a language for understanding our world. Through small classes, interactive lectures, problem-solving, and collaborative learning, Waring students study math content in order to compute fluently, analyze situations, interpret and model the real world, reason clearly, identify patterns and connections, and communicate, both in their written work and during class discussion.

Waring students complete a program of study in college preparatory mathematics, beginning with two years of middle school mathematics in 6th and 7th grade (Core), three years of intermediate mathematics with an emphasis on algebra and geometry in 8th (Group 1), 9th (Group 2), and 10th (Group 3) grades followed by two years of advanced mathematics with an emphasis on function theory, trigonometry, and data analysis in 11th (Group 4) and 12th (Group 5) grades. Advanced students are able to study Calculus at the Advanced Placement level and/or pursue an independent intensive course in mathematics. All students are expected to take mathematics for all of their years at Waring. Group 5 students who have successfully completed Precalculus, however, may petition for a Senior Intensive in another discipline. Students move through the program at a pace that is based on a thoughtful evaluation of their ability and their learning style.

Waring also has co-curricular opportunities for students of all ages interested in exploring problem-solving outside the classroom and participating in math competitions. Advanced math students have the opportunity to assist other students’ learning as Teaching Assistants or Math Peer Tutors. Advanced math students may also join Waring's Math Team.

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Co-Curricular Opportunities in Math

Waring offers many co-curricular opportunities in math, including:

 

  • Math Teaching Assistant
    Well-qualified students in Group 4 or 5 may apply to be Math Teaching Assistants (TAs), if the schedule allows. TAs help teachers in planning and teaching classes for younger students.
  • Peer Tutoring Program
    Students may request to work weekly with a trained Math Peer Tutor on homework help and study habits. Students in Groups 3 and up may apply and train to be Peer Tutors. Peer Tutor Leaders work closely with the program’s faculty mentor in training and supporting tutors. They may also offer small group math workshops to students.
  • Math Lab
    Students who wish for homework help may drop into this weekly elective staffed by a Math Teacher and trained Peer Tutor(s).
  • Math Focus/Flex Talks
    Waring faculty and alumni present an interesting math problem or topic of their choice during these twice-per-semester Focus/Flex talks. (New in 2019-20).