Foundational Principles and Distinctive Features of the Math Program at Cate
- The over-arching theme of developing Problem Solving Skills carries through all of our courses.
- We teach content in the context of problems and help students make connections.
- We emphasize preparation for future math courses and demonstrate this by developing skills for college-level math and related quantitative courses.
- We underscore the utility of math through applications, making classes active, relevant, energetic, and enjoyable.
- We connect multiple representations of functions by using equations (symbolic), tables (data), graphs (visual), words (language), and applications when solving problems.
- Our sequence of courses includes advanced and honors courses in PBL (problem-based-learning).
- We incorporate statistics and computational thinking into our core sequence and also have advanced electives for further study.
- We use internal and external measures to solicit feedback and evaluate our program.
- The NCTM principles of practice are emphasized and attention is paid to common core standards.
We have a strong program and tradition of math competitions, characterized by energetic and enthusiastic participation in local (Westmont College Math Contest), state (Cal Math League) and national (AMC) contests each year. (More than half of our students annually participate in Cal Math League).