Our challenging standards-based curriculum emphasizes the development of essential skills, the understanding of important concepts, and the ability to apply learning to real-world problems.
Our curriculum includes courses of study for all students in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, music, visual arts, physical education, and health. In addition, students take grade-specific trimester courses in technology, research, and study skills which are designed to support their integrated learning experience.
The ASMS mathematics curriculum standards are developed from a combination of both the U.S Common Core Curriculum and the Finnish National standards. The standards are organized around five strands that apply across all grade levels: Numbers and Calculations, Algebra, Functions, Geometry, and Probability and Statistics. Progressing within these strands at developmentally appropriate levels, students are expected to explore mathematical relationships, develop and explain their own reasoning and strategies for solving problems, and use problem-solving tools appropriately. All students are encouraged to develop, to understand, and to value a variety of strategies. Information is presented in multiple ways to accommodate the differing learning styles of our students, to stimulate mathematical thinking, and to promote discussion among students. By the time students leave ASMS, they should be confident in their ability to apply their math knowledge to solve problems both in the classroom and in life.
Our unique course design is supported by teacher-generated materials specific to each unit and is not textbook dependent.
The Algebra I mathematics curriculum is focused on creating an environment where students consistently engage in challenges promoting mathematical maturity, including all areas articulated in the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Strong emphasis is placed on developing communication skills and problem-solving strategies.
The course begins with a thorough exploration of number systems, from natural numbers to real numbers. This serves as a foundation for the study of functions, including linear, quadratic, exponential, radical, and absolute value functions. Students will be given ample opportunities to develop algebraic skills related to all of these function types, including methods for solving inequalities and systems of equations. Students will also explore ways to organize real-world data: identifying measures of center and spread, recognizing symmetries/asymmetries in data, and using regressions to identify functions that model numerical information.
Since the course includes a significant emphasis on graphing and creating representations of data, students are required to have a graphing calculator. The TI-83 and TI-84 are popular models that include many features and capabilities that facilitate mathematical explorations to meet the needs of this course. Students will be given time during the year to become comfortable with the calculator and its features. At the end of the year, students are expected to take the New York State Algebra I Regents Exam. Students successfully completing this course are eligible for high school math credit for Algebra I.