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Rich in real-world applications and complete with extensions for learning at every level, St. James’ mathematics program prepares students to use mathematics masterfully, both in their academic and everyday lives. 

The mathematics program at St. James’ serves to bolster and deepen students’ understanding of grade-level mathematics and to enhance their fluency in quantitative reasoning. Differentiated instruction with small groups and one-on-one tutoring; hands-on enrichment activities; and comprehensive, standards-based preparation make the program an essential part of St. James’ core curriculum and a perfect complement to classroom math instruction. 

The curriculum for Kindergarten through 6th grade follows the guidelines of Singapore Math, an approach that integrates a strong, successful mathematics curriculum and pedagogy with standard United States elementary math education. Singapore Math is founded on the principle that mathematical ability is non-static; any student can become mathematically proficient with the right effort, dedication, and educational support.

Our students use visual tools and concrete objects to develop an understanding of abstract concepts and quantitative logic. They become self-regulating learners as they master new skills and apply them to real-world math problems.

By Grade Level

Kindergarten

Kindergarteners learn numbers and place value. They also begin to form important number bonds so that they can see the relationships among numbers. Our Kindergarteners also learn about shapes, weight, lengths, and size. Finally, we help them develop algebraic mindsets by articulating and identifying patterns.

1st Grade

1st-graders master counting and ordering whole numbers, basic arithmetic, mental math, and geometric shape identification. They also solve and write their own word problems using these mathematical concepts.

2nd Grade

2nd-graders represent their mathematical thinking using place-value models and units of measurement. They also get a head start on basic multiplication and division. 

3rd Grade

3rd-graders master multiplication facts through multiples of 10, through which they prepare to take on more advanced mathematical problems. They also expand on their applied mathematics work by solving problems with money, the passage of time, and more units of measurement.

4th Grade

4th-graders advance to the topics of long division, fractions, decimals, basic probability, and unit-based measurements of area and volume. They continue applying each new concept to real-world problems. 

5th Grade

5th-graders focus on solidifying their understanding of how fractions, decimals, and percents are related. They also study real-life applications of math concepts like the stock market. Students begin to tackle pre-algebra concepts by using variables and solving equations with one unknown.

6th Grade

6th-graders study pre-algebra, tackling one-step and two-step equations. They study more complex word problems and learn how to translate them into mathematical equations. Our graduating class enters even more exciting territory by learning how to graph linear equations using coordinates and the slope-intercept form.