Academics
Upper School
Academics

Mathematics

Our Vision

Students use problem solving, reasoning skills, creativity, and collaborative skills to be critical thinkers able to make sense of the world.
Berwick Academy math faculty are committed to preparing students for successful roles in an ever-changing society through curriculum, instruction, and assessment that is dynamic, intellectually challenging, and attentive to the diverse needs of students.

Upper School Philosophy

The math and computer science programs continue to build on the important foundational work of the Middle School math program. Students at all skill levels are challenged and engaged with lessons and curricula designed to foster thinking and depth of understanding. Collaboration with peers is a cornerstone of the Berwick mathematics experience; revision of ideas and clarity of expression is promoted through communication and feedback. Our students build confidence and ownership of ideas with inquisitive discovery and thoughtful application. Technology is integrated into math classes to enhance instruction and the learning of concepts as needed, but never at the expense of person-to-person interaction. Students looking for ways to use their skills and explore beyond the classroom are encouraged to participate in the Upper School Math or Robotics Teams, and/or apply their specialized interests to a Berwick Innovation Pursuit.

Computer Science at Berwick Academy mixes traditional topics and algorithms with experiential learning. Trimester elective courses are offered to introduce and extend programming concepts; students have opportunities to explore robotics, app development, graphics, gaming, microcontrollers and engineering through these electives. Students may also opt for year-long courses which have a more theoretical approach, involving larger case studies and more extensive projects.

Faculty are committed to growth and self-reflection and model these for students, who in turn, are able to reflect on their own learning and growth. While we are committed to preparing students for mathematical success in college, we are equally committed to preparing our students to problem solve, take mathematical risks and think critically through every endeavor they encounter.

Students are required to complete three years of math, which will include Geometry, Algebra 2, and a third course of their choosing.
We believe the study of mathematics fosters the development of logical reasoning, attention to detail, and ability to make abstractions, skills that apply to multiple disciplines and life skills.

Mathematics Course Progression

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  • Algebra 2

    Topics include: data and linear representations, functions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, quadratic functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, polynomial functions, rational functions and radical functions, descriptive data analysis, and trigonometric functions. This course requires a graphing calculator - the TI-84+ or TI-84+CE calculators are strongly recommended.

    PREREQUISITE: Geometry
  • Geometry

    Geometry is designed to transition students into the Upper School through its emphasis on problem-solving, mathematical thinking and communication. As the entry level course, we acknowledge that students are coming from a myriad of different math experiences. We will incorporate fundamental algebraic skills when examining the geometric shapes of lines, angles, triangles, polygons, and circles. This emphasis on algebra and coordinate geometry will establish a firm foundation and prepare students to be successful in this course, and as they move onto Algebra II. Proofs will be used throughout to enhance the students understanding of these shapes. We will also cover the traditional geometry concepts of Pythagorean Theorem, similarity, trigonometry, transformations and spatial reasoning. These skills are developed through a collaborative classroom experience. 
  • Statistics*

    What do racial profiling, gun-control policies, political polling, and global climate change all have in common? The answer is statistics. Statistical concepts are used to answer questions, make decisions and help us understand our world better. This rigorous project-based Pinnacle course will allow students to choose topics of their interests while using introductory statistical concepts to analyze, collect data and draw conclusions on current issues ranging from our campus to the world today. Each section will conclude with an authentic written report that uses the data and results to support their conclusions. Purchasing statistical software will be required.
Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves. Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.