Mathematics is beautiful and practical. Learning math teaches students to think rigorously and logically, opens them to new, powerful, and aesthetically appealing ways of seeing the world and helps them master the skills needed to study other disciplines, for example science and engineering. Math is also highly useful in many aspects of everyday life.
Waring math classes are small and offer each student a chance to ask questions and be fully engaged. We want students to approach unfamiliar tasks with confidence in their mathematical abilities and a willingness to take a risk to solve them. Students move through the program at a pace that is based on a thoughtful evaluation of their grade, their ability and their learning style. The foundation of teaching and learning at Waring is the relationship between teacher and student. From this relationship grows student engagement, including curiosity for the subject, a desire to learn, and a commitment to do your best work. During a class period, a visitor may see teachers working one-on-one with students in small classes (this year’s average class size is 11), students working collaboratively in small groups, our younger students engaging with manipulatives with a learning partner or a 9th grader sharing her thinking of a problem at the whiteboard with her class. We offer support and extension opportunities to accommodate various learning styles and encourage all students to persevere and work hard in their study of mathematics here at Waring.
Our program fosters an appreciation of mathematical reasoning, develops skills in modeling and solving problems, and provides a solid foundation in precalculus mathematics. To meet this objective, the program is based on an integrated curriculum covering the full range of topics in middle-school math, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, matrices, probability and statistics, and function theory. Both collaborative group and individual work are used as students explore, conjecture, verify, apply, evaluate, and communicate mathematical ideas and procedures. We encourage an appropriate use of technology, including graphing calculators beginning in our Algebra courses. Once students have successfully completed Precalculus (usually by the end of 10th or 11th grade), they may pursue more advanced mathematics including calculus at the Advanced Placement (AP) level before graduation.