In response to research about how students learn best, the Bosque School math department grounds core skill development in inquiry and exploration. Robust student engagement with mathematical thinking is essential to our approach.In the math department, our teaching emphasizes collaboration and creates an intentional balance between challenge and support. Our approach instills the confidence that leads to transformative math learning — in our classrooms, MATH stands for “Mistakes Allow Thinking to Happen.” Bosque School math students ask questions and take risks, becoming independent thinkers and resilient problem-solvers. Our intentional methodology arises from the most recent research and initiatives in mathematics education, such as YouCubed (initiated by Jo Boaler at the Stanford Graduate School of Education), Illustrative Mathematics, the MidSchoolMath Conference, and Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics.
From 6th through 12th grade, students master technical skills and develop problem-solving strategies. All students are required to complete three years of math in middle school and at least three in upper school. Upper school students are required to add a fourth year of either math or science, and most students complete four years or more in math. The many entry points to our advanced math program allow students to be placed in the course that is best for them at each stage of their development. Our two-year, integrated Geometry/Algebra 2 program positions students to apply developing skills and understanding to solve real-world problems and prepares them to succeed in upper-level math courses. Students who participate in our most advanced math program graduate having completed Calculus 2. Many students choose to "double up" in math by adding an elective math class beyond the regular or advanced course sequence.
Three-week-long immersive courses (offered each May) provide additional opportunities for students to apply their math and STEM passions, skills, and knowledge through interdisciplinary classes. Some recent STEM-related immersives include Journey into Science and Medicine (middle school), forensics (upper school), and RoboStem (upper school).
Seniors with passions for mathematics can choose to deepen their commitment, knowledge, and expertise by grounding their yearlong senior capstone research under the guidance of math faculty. Some recent STEM-related capstone research topics include:
- Why can't we print more money? An analysis of the applicability of modern monetary theory to social programs in the U.S. and monetary neutrality.
- Unique factorization and Lagrange’s four-square theorem
- Solar Panels and Hydrogen Fuel Cells: The Power Combo of the Future; a mathematical model
- How could Bitcoin be adopted and regulated by mainstream finance?
Motivated math students also deepen their immersion in math learning through extracurricular participation in the Math Contest Prep Club, extensive math contests, and MATHCOUNTS. Exceptional math students also have the potential to dual enroll in math classes at CNM or UNM.