PACE Academy’s primary mathematics curriculum aims to introduce students to the world of numbers as they are used in their everyday lives. Following the standards recommended by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as well the Grade Level Content Expectations developed by the Michigan D epartment of Education; the primary academy curriculum stresses the linkage between Mathematics and its practical applications of counting, measuring and displaying number and shape.
As students progress to the Elementary Academy, solving problems by applying techniques and understanding mathematical language lie at the foundation of success for all students. At this level, the program seeks to build on the fundamental mathematical strands including number and operations, measurement, geometry, data analysis and algebraic concepts. The curriculum offers a balance between concept development and meaningful application. Each student receives a minimum of 60 minutes of instructional time per day.
All students in grades K-5 at PACE use the Chicago Universities’ Everyday Math. Everyday Math is the product of much research and was developed using the theories of Vygotsky. Everyday math uses language, tools and social interactions to help students acquire skills and concepts the use of such allows students to learn concepts which were previously though to be beyond their level of thinking. Also in researching Everyday Math it was learned that most of the previous programs had a very slow pace of instruction, and half of each school year was spent reviewing what was learned the previous year as it was not previously reviewed throughout the school year.
Everyday Math also uses manipulative through out the year getting students actively engaged in the learning of Math, and supporting all learning styles.
Games and group work are an everyday component of the program as they help reinforce skills taught in daily lessons and deepen students understanding of the math content.
In addition to Everyday Math students use a variety of Math Board games as well as the following websites for supplemental support:
Both websites were chosen as school wide sites as they correlate very closely to the Michigan GLCE and provide several modes of practice for students.
The middle school Mathematics curriculum at PACE Academy reinforces skills that students have learned and mastered from Kindergarten through Grade 5. The instructional program includes interactive lessons with activities, enrichment exercises, formative assessment and the integration of technology. The curriculum embodies a variety of educational tools and research based strategies that are used to drive instruction.
The middle school teachers at PACE Academy use Prentice Hall Mathematics series, which was chosen because of its daily progress checks, active learning component which was believed to be a good follow up to the Everyday Math program. At the end of seventh grade all Pollack Academic Center of Excellence students are given a placement test to determine if they will take Pre- Algebra as an eighth grader.