The Mathematics program enables students to develop an understanding of mathematical concepts and to gain proficiency with the mechanics of mathematics.
The curriculum provides experiences designed to help students move along the continuum from concrete to abstract mathematical representations. These experiences include continued development of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, along with advanced concepts with a further goal of training students in the “language” of mathematics, thus preparing them for future work in math and science.
MacDuffie’s mathematics curriculum treats problem-solving as an ongoing process, designed to help students bridge the gap between the theory of mathematics and its applications in the real world. Problems are presented in a manner that requires students to use their knowledge and understanding to resolve new situations. The introduction of historical references is designed to show students that mathematics is a human endeavor and to lead them towards a greater appreciation of the power of pure mathematical thinking.
All math classes at MacDuffie encourage independent thinking and the willingness to take academic risks.
International and other selected students entering MacDuffie are tested for math proficiency. Math placement is based on the test results and previous math achievement.