Based on a student’s ability to work independently and persevere with problems, along with his or her past mathematical performance, he or she is placed into one of our Upper School math courses. A major goal at this level is to help students learn to write and to interpret mathematical arguments.
Many students in grade seven study pre-algebra topics in courses designed to develop an understanding of mathematics as a system of thought.
After Pre-Algebra, students take Algebra I, Algebra I Part 1, or Extended Topics in Algebra (ETA). Following coursework in algebra, students take Geometry or Geometry Advanced, which is then followed by Algebra II, depending on prior mathematics coursework, standardized testing, and/or teacher recommendation.
Student placement is evaluated in the spring of each year, recognizing that students at this age develop at different rates and appreciating that there is more than one path through Fay's private school math program.