Mathematics is the universal language spoken throughout the world and is a powerful means of communication.
The mission of the mathematics department is to give every graduate of the Stamford Public Schools the knowledge, understanding, and skills they will need to compete in the 21st century global economy. Students will not only develop a comprehensive understanding of mathematics but will also learn to effectively apply these concepts, using a variety of problem solving strategies, for the rest of their lives.
According to the Common Core State Standards, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and data from international assessments, students need to become problem-solvers, learn to reason and communicate mathematically, value mathematics, and become confident in their ability to do mathematics in order to be prepared for higher education and the global workforce. The Stamford Public Schools middle school mathematics curriculum provides students the opportunity to do this by developing their skills and helping them make meaning of the mathematics they learn. Students learn more than just mathematical procedures; they learn the “why” and “how” of mathematics.
Common Core Instructional Shifts: