Innovative, exciting, rigorous, and challenging: these are the adjectives that describe a typical Maret mathematics classroom. From our fifth grade program to BC Calculus, students regularly grapple with complex problems, work collaboratively, and present their solutions. While our students practice skills and acquire content, they also learn more than simply how to perform algorithms.

First and foremost, Maret mathematics classes emphasize problem-solving. In every course, students engage with rich and intriguing problems that require them to think creatively, to synthesize ideas, and to learn new ways to approach problems. Teachers regularly teach problem-solving skills and appropriate “habits of mind” that encourage students to enjoy mathematics and that develop the skills and confidence necessary to dive into challenging problems. Throughout the program, students learn how to utilize technological resources appropriately to explore real data, model natural phenomena, and solve complex equations.

Maret has a range of learners, and the mathematics program reflects this fact by providing numerous options. While only completion of Precalculus is required for graduation, nearly all students take four years of mathematics. The department offers regular, advanced, and accelerated courses; placement into one of these sections is made through careful consultation with students, families, and teachers. The program is flexible enough so that students may choose an appropriately challenging schedule from one year to the next. No student is locked into a “track.”

Ultimately, we aspire to nurture in our students an appreciation for the beauty and utility of mathematics and to foster their excitement for the subject.