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We strive to develop independent analytical thinkers who are capable of solving complex problems in novel situations.

Maret Lower School Math


Students graduate from Maret with the knowledge and skills necessary to continue their study in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology, and to make decisions and communicate as numerate adults. Maret mathematics students are encouraged to take intellectual risks, to learn from their mistakes, and to persevere in problem solving.

How We Teach

Our approach to teaching mathematics integrates concepts, skills, and problem solving techniques in ways that engage and challenge our students. Making sense of contextual problems, breaking them apart, and being curious about how things work are essential pathways to becoming a confident risk-taker, a collaborative problem solver, and a competent, lifelong learner. We use a variety of teaching and assessment strategies to address the needs of individual learners within the context of the classroom experience. Through applications and with the judicious use of technology, our teachers enhance learning and allow students to focus on reasoning and decision-making. Our teachers model mathematics as an exciting exploration, and they foster genuine enthusiasm, inquisitiveness, and curiosity in their students.

Curriculum Snapshot


Math in grades K–4 introduces the foundational concepts and skills required for future mathematical success. The program focuses on inquiry, problem-solving, and communication, highlighting practical applications relevant to our day-to-day world. Manipulatives are used to introduce mathematical concepts in tangible ways.


Students in grades 5–8 continue to develop their arithmetic and algebraic skills with an emphasis on problem solving, hands-on activities, and creative approaches. Middle school teachers prepare students for upper school math by helping them develop their homework completion, communication, and collaboration skills.


Students in grades 9–12 progress through Precalculus or complete four years of math. Building on their algebraic and arithmetic skills, upper school math focuses on developing problem solving and communication skills relating to mathematics. Conceptual understanding is fostered through instruction, discovery, and discussion.

Signature Projects

These sample projects demonstrate how Maret's mathematics department inspires curiosity and develops problem-solving and leadership skills.

Maret Math Buddies

Math Buddies 
(US and LS)

Math Buddies is a reciprocal service-learning program in which upper school students work with lower school students on math. Upper school students help lower school students practice math skills while serving as role models. Both the younger and older students benefit from the relationships and improved math confidence gained from working with their partners all year.

four students holding trophies

MathCounts Team (Grades 6–8)

Students practice for and compete in the regional and national MathCounts competitions. The team provides students with an opportunity outside of their classes for math enrichment. At weekly meetings students practice solving challenging math problems that emphasize abstract thinking, discuss mathematical ideas, and establish relationships with students in other grade levels.

Maret Physics Lab

Other Opportunities for Math Lovers

Middle and upper school students participate in the annual American Mathematics Competition and can join the middle and upper school math clubs.