Welcome to the Kalamazoo Public Schools mathematics page. The following is an overview of the K-12 mathematics programs.
Objective: Our mathematics programs and curriculum are designed to develop mathematically literate students who comprehend mathematical concepts, demonstrate fluency with procedures, are strategically competent, use adaptive reasoning, and view mathematics as sensible. Currently, KPS continues to transition from the Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and High School Content Expectations (HSCEs) to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) which include the Standards for Mathematical Practice. This transition will place greater emphasis on problem solving and using math in context.
Elementary (K-5) Program Emphasis: This program is designed to develop and secure learning goals through a NCTM standards-based K-5 curriculum. Scott Foresman Mathematics with the joint usage of Investigations in Number, Data, and Space are the implemented research-based programs that offer a variety of activities to address students' wide range of aptitudes. Engaging activities, including the use of educational games and manipulatives, are central to developing numerical fluency. Northglade Montessori utilizes the Montessori method for mathematics instruction in all grades. In the district, kindergarten and first grade students will transition to the CCSS in 2012-2013 followed by second grade through fifth grade prior to 2014-2015.
Middle School (Grades 6-8) Program Emphasis: This program is designed to offer students a research-based learning sequence that is based on how they best learn mathematics as well as specific grade level expectations. Grades 6-8 mathematics curriculum uses the Prentice Hall Mathematics and Connected Mathematics 2 materials. Middle school math courses will transition to the CCSS incrementally with a complete transition ending prior to 2014-2015.
High School (Grades 9-12) Program Emphasis: This program is designed to offer students opportunities to develop a well-rounded background in mathematics that would serve them in their post-high school education as well as in other future endeavors. Students are required to complete 4 credits in mathematics, which must include credits in Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II. The College Preparatory Mathematics Connections (CPM) materials are used for Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Holt McDougal is used to support concepts developed by CPM materials. High school mathematics courses will begin transitioning to the CCSS starting with Algebra in 2012-2013 followed by Geometry in 2013-2014 with all courses completing the transition prior to 2014-2015.
If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please contact:
K-12 Mathematics and Science Coordinator
Kalamazoo Public Schools
1220 Howard Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
JohnsonMA [at] kalamazoo [dot] k12 [dot] mi [dot] us