- Students will acquire mathematical skills, including the ability to perform routine computations and symbolic manipulation.
- Students will develop an understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts.
- Students will become mathematical problem solvers.
- Students will learn to value mathematics and the quantitative nature of our world.
The Lincoln Public Schools elementary mathematics program is balanced with respect to curricular content and instructional approaches. In addition to traditional computational skills, topics from geometry, algebra, data analysis, and measurement are included at appropriate levels. The program utilizes concrete materials and experiences within the context of teacher-directed instruction to convey meaning and help motivate students to learn mathematics.
Although the mastery of fundamental skills remains important, the focus at the middle level shifts to algebra and geometry readiness. The middle level program stresses algebra and geometry readiness because knowledge of these subjects is essential for success in the mathematics course that follow. The district goal is for students to take Algebra in Grade 8.
The high school curriculum is built around a core of topics that all students will have an opportunity to study regardless of the courses they take. These core topics come from the areas of algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability. In order to graduate from high school, students must take two-years of high school mathematics, including first-year algebra.