Middle School


Exploration plays a central role in the acquisition of strong, flexible reasoning abilities. Mathematicians explore ideas, make conjectures, describe patterns, construct rigorous arguments, verify results, and communicate their findings both orally and in writing.  The goal of the Ellis mathematics department is to develop these skills in our students. Reading and writing mathematics is also an integral part of doing mathematics. In solving problems, students learn that a lucid explanation is as important as a brilliant insight.   

Our intention is for students to appreciate the place of mathematics in our understanding of the world. Contextual problems allow students to see the power of mathematics in wide-ranging applications. But we also see mathematics as worth doing in its own right. It is a beautiful mode of thought and an unparalleled way to stretch our minds. Doing mathematics empowers girls in every area of life.

Mathematics Curriculum

List of 6 items.

  • Grade 5 Math

    Required Course | Grade 5

    This course is designed to develop students’ confidence in their math abilities. There is a strong emphasis on organization, computational competence, motivation, understanding, and application of mathematics to real world problems.  To enable students to reach their highest potential, a variety of teaching techniques are used, including the use of technology, manipulatives, and cooperative learning.  
  • Grade 6 Math

    Required Course | Grade 6

    Mathematics in grade 6 is designed to provide students with the opportunity to further develop their skills in computations and problem solving, and deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts. Students are encouraged and challenged to think more abstractly while practical applications are emphasized and students are taught appropriate uses of the calculator. There is continuous exposure to new and challenging mathematical ideas including integers, proportional reasoning and plane geometry. A variety of teaching techniques are implemented, including use of manipulatives, flipped learning, cooperative learning, and small and large group explorations and discussions.
  • Pre-Algebra

    This course is designed to build skills that are crucial for success in Algebra 1. Reasoning, problem solving, number relationships, patterns and functions, algebraic manipulation, and graphical representation are emphasized. All students are challenged to develop the ability to think well abstractly and to make and explore conjectures. Teaching techniques include large and small group explorations, use of technology, and cooperative learning.  
  • Introduction to Algebra

    This course is designed to prepare students for a more rigorous course in Algebra 1. Many algebraic topics are introduced. Mental computational skills improve through practice while students are exposed to new vocabulary and notation. New problem solving techniques are introduced and the organization of written work becomes more important as students move ahead in their discovery of many areas of mathematics.
  • Algebra I

    Algebra 1 provides students with their first real glimpse of abstract representations of problems and powerful solution methods. Students explore new topics, take risks, build confidence, and develop organized and varied approaches to problem solving. Throughout the year, connections are made between algebraic techniques and related applications. The power of technology is called upon as a tool to enhance the problem solving process.
  • Geometry

    Using a guided-discovery approach, students work with the tools of geometry––on paper and using Geometer’s Sketchpad software––to discover geometric properties by experimentation and observation. Emphasis is on the process of problem solving, not simply the solutions to problems. The inductive approach facilitates a good understanding and appreciation of the deductive process. Students discover the basic facts about plane figures, area, volume, similarity, the Pythagorean Theorem, geometric construction, and geometric proof.