DeSales math program has at its core the desire to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of the skills necessary to function in a world very dependent upon the application of mathematics. Realistically, this translates into three basic components:
- conceptual understanding ~ the relationships between what the student already knows and what is in the world. This also includes the development of an understanding of basic arithmetic facts.
- procedural fluency ~ the development of the skills necessary to carry out mathematic procedures in a variety of situations.
- problem solving ~ the ability to create, utilize and solve mathematical problems.
Beginning in Early Childhood Development classrooms, students are exposed to a variety of activities. These include the use of manipulatives and classroom exercises which compel them to think in a systemic approach while having fun. As the student develops and progresses through elementary school they are exposed to more complex math problems. Students are challenged to not only identify the operation they are using, but also explain why they are doing what they are doing. Middle school math ultimately compels the student to use higher level thinking skills to better address real world applications.
Math Academic Intervention Services (AIS) is a program which has as a central tenant the individualization of learning to help students get past specific challenges they may face within the classroom. Students in grades three through eight are seen individually or in small groups to allow for greater focus and acceleration of learning.