The Connecticut Core Standards provide the foundation for the Cheshire mathematics curriculum. While the mathematical content and skills in each grade level are essential for student success, a good portion of the emphasis in math is related to the eight mathematical practices described in the standards. The mathematics curriculum develops student’s knowledge, skills, and proficiency in numerous mathematical areas and topics, including problem-solving, applications, algebra, and geometry. Students investigate multi-faceted, real-world math applications and problems in order to develop a deep understanding of the underlying math concepts and principles. Assignments that require students to explain, justify, and communicate their strategies and solutions also reinforce these concepts and procedures.
All Dodd math courses teach grade-level Common Core math standards. Students who are developmentally ready may be selected to pursue an accelerated curriculum. The Accelerated math places a greater emphasis on algebraic concepts, augmented with more homework, and is faster-paced. Selection criteria are based on a combination of standardized assessments and demonstration of proficiency of skills and concepts above grade-level expectations.
Grade 7 accelerated math students will be enrolled in the high school equivalent Algebra I in 8th grade upon successful completion of the previous course. Algebra I students who successfully complete the course will be placed in Cheshire High School’s Geometry.
Grade 7 advanced math students (taking Algebra I in 7th grade) will be enrolled in the high school equivalent Geometry in 8th grade upon successful completion of the previous course. Geometry students who successfully complete the course will be placed in Cheshire High School’s Algebra II.