GIS offers its students a rigorous and challenging mathematics curriculum that is reviewed and updated on a regular basis to keep up with the latest developments in math education. The mathematics curriculum at GIS is aligned with California Mathematics Academic Content Standards. During their years at GIS, students learn skills in the following strands of mathematics: number sense, geometry, measurement, statistics, algebra, probability and problem solving.
Students in K-2 use Saxon Math, a research-based program that encourages students to develop a deeper understanding of concepts and the ways in which they may be applied. Newly taught concepts are further reviewed through hands-on activities that enable students to make connections, justify answers and communicate their understanding of the material. Students are introduced to new concepts daily, while old concepts are consistently reviewed and practiced throughout the duration of the term. This approach ensures that students develop and retain their understanding of these concepts and are able to apply them in real-world situations.
Students in 3rd to 6th grades make use of the Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley mathematics textbook set. This program focuses on developing a clear understanding of concepts and math skills. It also works to enhance questioning strategies, problem-solving skills, and provides students with opportunities to extend their understanding through reading and writing connections. Students are also able to access their textbook online and benefit from additional examples, practice problems, and sample tests. Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley textbooks follow National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards.
7th and 8th graders follow the Prentice Hall Mathematics textbooks for Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1, respectively. This curriculum aims to develop conceptual understanding of key algebraic ideas and skills. Regular and varied skill practice allows students to increase their proficiency and success. Students are also able to make use of online resources that supplement the course, including the homework video tutor, lesson quizzes and chapter tests.
In 8th grade, students are grouped into two levels based on their readiness for Algebra 1. The same material is covered in the two groups, but the pacing, level of support and difficulty are different among the two. Students in Level 1, who complete a review of all Algebra 1 concepts, are ready to take higher-level math courses in high school (i.e. Algebra 2 or Geometry).