The goal of the math department at Explorer West is to create graduates who are
numerate, confident, young adults with a strong foundation of mathematical reasoning and knowledge.
Our program is designed with the goal of having students thinking as much of the time as possible. To achieve this, lessons are concise, allowing more time for student exploration of new concepts. During work time, students are grouped strategically, so that those needing extra support can benefit from small group instruction while those with the highest readiness levels will find a challenge. We demand that students not simply find answers to problems, but learn to explain their process verbally and/or in writing.
Our curriculum integrates traditional tools like textbooks and calculators with more recently developed resources like Khan Academy and IXL. Students also complete hands-on projects and cross-curricular explorations.
Explorer West has offered a host of math-related activities which have included:
  • Pi Eaters, an after school math club (for support or enrichment)
  • Math Counts, a competitive math team
  • Robotics Club, an after school course in engineering and programming
  • Bi-monthly challenge problems
Explorer West Mathematics – Major Elements by Grade:
6th Grade Math
  • Operations with fractions, decimals, and percents
  • Rates, ratios, and proportions
  • Data and statistics
  • Probability
  • Integer operations
  • Algebraic notation and basic expressions, equations, inequalities
  • Basic geometry
7th Grade Math/Pre-Algebra
8th Grade Math/Algebra I

The school culture of respect at Explorer West affords students a safe space to agree or disagree respectfully while testing ideas. Likewise, we empower students to teach and learn from one another. We embrace student choice, knowing that with student interest comes student engagement.

In high school, Explorer West students enter advanced math classes at nearly twice the rate of their peers from other schools.