Our math curriculum develops a deep understanding of mathematical concepts through a progression from concrete to abstract thinking. We emphasize critical thinking, flexible problem-solving, student-led learning, and the practical application of mathematical operations. We encourage students to see themselves as mathematicians, implying a focus on mathematical reasoning and a mindset that is curious and analytical about numbers and their relationships.

Students work in small groups to explore ideas and test strategies for solving problems.


We embrace "constructivism," an educational approach where students build knowledge from their experiences. This method puts students in control through active learning, collaboration, problem-solving, reflection, and contextual learning. It fosters a genuine appreciation for math and confidence in tackling challenges. Instead of rote learning, students explore math via real-world problems and interactive activities, connecting mathematical concepts to daily life. Constructivism transforms math into a dynamic field of exploration, encouraging students to articulate their thinking and understand the rationale behind solutions.

In a parent meeting, faculty and staff introduce the educational philosophy of "constructivism" and how it impacts Trinity's approach to teaching mathematics.

An Evidence-Based Approach

Our approach is backed by research from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), which emphasize applying math in real-world situations and developing critical thinking. Studies show that a deep understanding of concepts leads to better knowledge retention and transfer than rote memorization. We use spiral learning, revisiting and expanding on concepts at each grade level, and incorporate real-world problems to enhance engagement and motivation, fostering improved student performance.

Math teacher and technology integration specialist Andy Petusky explains how Trinity prepares students for high-level mathematics.