**Mathematics**

**The Power of Numbers.** Our Math program stresses logical thinking, order, patterns, and a clear mental image. Carden Academy students begin an Accelerated Math program in Junior Primary, and Fourth Grade students may earn a spot in our Advanced Math Program. We exceed California State Standards for each grade level because students work at least one grade level ahead.

**Junior Primary through Third Grade.** Student work includes daily fact drills and mental math computation to master foundational math skills. An all-class math session introduces concepts with problem solving and practice occurring in well-supervised groups of 3 to 4 students and also by individual work. We employ a hands-on approach through the use of manipulatives, which engage the students in an interactive and visual process that makes learning math an exciting and tangible activity. All instruction and activities are selected for their ability to help children develop abstract and higher order thinking skills. Text is Saxon Math levels 1-4.

**Fourth through Fifth Grade**. Mastery is built through daily practice of skills and concepts taught in earlier lessons. No concept is taught and dropped, as in traditional texts. Concepts are divided into small pieces. A new increment is presented each day and students work a few problems each day involving the new concept. The remaining work covers previously introduced problems. Because of this method every assignment and assessment (every 5 lessons) is a review of material covered up to that point. Text is Saxon Math levels 5/6, 6/7.

**Sixth Grade. **Students enter either the regular math track where core middle school math skills with an introduction to Algebra is taught or the advanced placement tract track where a full Pre-Algebra course is taught. At the end of Sixth Grade students will be placed in either Algebra 1 or Algebra 1A at the recommendation of the math department. Once placed for Seventh Grade, the student remains in their track through Eighth Grade.

Texts: Prentice Hall: Core Mathematics (regular track)

McDougal Littell: Pre-Algebra (advanced track)

**Seventh Grade. **Students either complete the first half of Algebra 1 in the regular track or the full Algebra course in the advanced placement track.

Text: McDougal Littell: Algebra (regular and advanced tracks)

**Eighth Grade. **Students either complete the second half of Algebra 1 in the regular track or a full Geometry course in the advanced track. Upon completion of Algebra 1, students can be eligible to enter Geometry in their freshman year based on grades, placement exam and teacher recommendation. Upon completion of Geometry, students can be eligible to enter Algebra II/Trigonometry based on grades, placement exam and teacher recommendation.

Texts: McDougal Littell: Algebra (regular track)

Holt: Geometry (advanced track)

**Mathematics**

**The Power of Numbers.** Our Math program stresses logical thinking, order, patterns, and a clear mental image. Carden Academy students begin an Accelerated Math program in Junior Primary, and Fourth Grade students may earn a spot in our Advanced Math Program. We exceed California State Standards for each grade level because students work at least one grade level ahead.

**Junior Primary through Third Grade.** Student work includes daily fact drills and mental math computation to master foundational math skills. An all-class math session introduces concepts with problem solving and practice occurring in well-supervised groups of 3 to 4 students and also by individual work. We employ a hands-on approach through the use of manipulatives, which engage the students in an interactive and visual process that makes learning math an exciting and tangible activity. All instruction and activities are selected for their ability to help children develop abstract and higher order thinking skills. Text is Saxon Math levels 1-4.

**Fourth through Fifth Grade**. Mastery is built through daily practice of skills and concepts taught in earlier lessons. No concept is taught and dropped, as in traditional texts. Concepts are divided into small pieces. A new increment is presented each day and students work a few problems each day involving the new concept. The remaining work covers previously introduced problems. Because of this method every assignment and assessment (every 5 lessons) is a review of material covered up to that point. Text is Saxon Math levels 5/6, 6/7.

**Sixth Grade. **Students enter either the regular math track where core middle school math skills with an introduction to Algebra is taught or the advanced placement tract track where a full Pre-Algebra course is taught. At the end of Sixth Grade students will be placed in either Algebra 1 or Algebra 1A at the recommendation of the math department. Once placed for Seventh Grade, the student remains in their track through Eighth Grade.

Texts: Prentice Hall: Core Mathematics (regular track)

McDougal Littell: Pre-Algebra (advanced track)

**Seventh Grade. **Students either complete the first half of Algebra 1 in the regular track or the full Algebra course in the advanced placement track.

Text: McDougal Littell: Algebra (regular and advanced tracks)

**Eighth Grade. **Students either complete the second half of Algebra 1 in the regular track or a full Geometry course in the advanced track. Upon completion of Algebra 1, students can be eligible to enter Geometry in their freshman year based on grades, placement exam and teacher recommendation. Upon completion of Geometry, students can be eligible to enter Algebra II/Trigonometry based on grades, placement exam and teacher recommendation.

Texts: McDougal Littell: Algebra (regular track)

Holt: Geometry (advanced track)