NOVA MATH CURRICULUM

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NOVA’s unique Math program challenges, interests and enhances the higher level capabilities of accelerated mathematicians while also reinforcing foundational mathematical concepts for all students. Integrating the best attributes of next-generation learning research, national standards and traditional approaches, the program encourages students to think mathematically and logically to solve real-world applied problems rather than just memorizing arithmetic processes and algorithms.   

The proof of the program is in NOVA outcomes: 100 percent of NOVA students have historically passed Washington State’s high school-level Algebra End of Course Exam, but more importantly, they graduate with an understanding of concepts, methodologies and logical differentiation skills that enable leveraging their knowledge in actual business, scientific and day-to-day personal use. 


 

 Applied Mathematical Problem Solving (AMPS):

All 6th graders spend their first year with Linda "Mo" Manning's innovative program focusing on how and when to apply mathematical logic to solve increasingly complex scenarios.  Like NOVA’s entire Math program, Applied Mathematical Problem Solving (AMPS) program has been developed for 21st century needs based on the best practices for ensuring long-term mathematical success and value for students. The course engages, builds and challenges math minds of all levels by exploring intermediate and advanced material and applying foundational tools and algebraic reasoning concepts in solving the types of real-world applications (speed, distance, odds, financial calculations) that challenge students and professional analysts throughout their academic and professional lives.  Whether coming to NOVA at around grade level or far beyond in math testing, 6th graders frequently comment that Mo's AMPS class is not only what prepared them for the complex world of theoretic reasoning, but also what made them regain their love for the entire math discipline.


 

Theoretical Mathematical Reasoning I (TheoMath I): 

Theoretic Mathematical Reasoning I has 7th graders diving head-first into the very important core of theoretic mathematics with "Mr. Jeff" Olfson. With the foundational operational and equation concepts solidified in AMPS, TheoMath I provides a blend of more complex conceptual algebraic equation and exponential models that serve as foundations for the most advanced mathematics students will find throughout their academic lives.  Students dive deeper into the logic of the skills, which develops a greater understanding of and ability to more quickly master Theoretical Mathematical Reasoning II, as well as all other high school, college and advanced degree mathematics.


 

Theoretical Mathematical Reasoning II (TheoMath II):

Theoretic Mathematical Reasoning I has 7th graders diving head-first into the very important core of theoretic mathematics with "Mr. Jeff" Olfson. With the foundational operational and equation concepts solidified in AMPS, TheoMath I provides a blend of more complex conceptual algebraic equation and exponential models that serve as foundations for the most advanced mathematics students will find throughout their academic lives.  Students dive deeper into the logic of the skills, which develops a greater understanding of and ability to more quickly master Theoretical Mathematical Reasoning II, as well as all other high school, college and advanced degree mathematics.


 

Geometric Reasoning (Geo):  

Some 8th graders elect to pursue learning the advanced principles and applications of high-school-level Geometrical and Spatial Reasoning with Mrs. Golliet. Building on Theoretic Mathematical Reasoning I and II, Mrs. Golliet uses fun and interesting approaches allowing advanced mathematicians to explore in depth Euclidian Plane Geometry, advanced theoretical and applied spatial material.  Problem solving situations promote communication and fosters connections across mathematical disciplines and to the real world. Geometrical and Spatial Reasoning students take Washington's high school Geometry EOC exam, on which 100 percent of tested NOVA students have achieved "Level 4; Advanced" honors throughout the exam's history.