Mathematics is an indispensable component of a student’s intellectual formation. The study of mathematics enriches and feeds the soul and the intellect no less than literature and language. Math is not valuable only because it enables us to engineer great projects; math is first and foremost a transcendental discipline, and its primary value is that its very existence points to eternal realities.
Given the highly abstract and conceptual nature of Mathematics, instructors teach the subject in a conceptual as opposed to a formulaic manner. HCCS uses the Singapore Math Series (K- 8th grade) because the program fosters real mathematical thinking. Singapore Math is also attractive because of the strong curricular connection the series makes between concepts and manipulatives. The best way for children to grasp concepts is to allow them to grasp things; the Singapore curriculum is built on that important educational insight.
The study of mathematics should instill in students an ever-increasing sense of wonder and awe at the profound way in which the world displays order, pattern and relation.
Mathematics is studied not because it is first useful and then beautiful, but because it reveals the beautiful order inherent in the cosmos.
- The Educational Plan
of St. Jerome Classical School