Department of Maths
The Department of Maths is headed by Head of Faculty (Maths) supported by Faculty members.
The DCS School Mathematics Department is focused on helping each student achieve a high level of success in athematics. The majority of our lectures are delivered using the traditional approach but we also offer a small number of individualized lectures to meet the needs of the students whose backgrounds do not afford them success in a traditional classroo situation.
We have few full time Upper School Mathematics instructors, one instructor who divides his time between Upper School and Middle School Mathematics, two instructors who teach two Upper School Mathematics classes and three teachers who teach Middle School Mathematics in conjunction with their other responsibilities. The course sequence begins with 5th and 6th grade mathematics followed by Mathematics 7, Pre Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry or Honors Geometry, Algebra 2 or Algebra 2/ Trigonometry Honors, Algebra 3/Trigonometry, Pre Calculus, Advanced Placement Statistics and Advanced Placement Calculus. The Honors and Advanced Placement classes are weighted and the student’s grade point average is adjusted accordingly. We are conscientious in our attempts to keep our curriculum current.
We continually evaluate new books, attend conferences and workshops, and belong to organizations that focus on mathematics education in our continually changing society. We are aware of the new technologies that are constantly being introduced and are fortunate to have the hardware and software to introduce many of these to our students. Several of our primary goals for our students include our work to enhance the student’s ability to use the language of mathematics to express mathematical ideas precisely and to use factual knowledge to improve their conceptual understanding of mathematics. We work hard to provide the intellectual environment that will stimulate mathematical thinking as the norm.
The school math curriculum is designed to help students increase computational skills and conceptual understanding, make connections across disciplines and between mathematical topics, communicate mathematically, and develop an appreciation for the beauty and usefulness of mathematics. The curriculum aligns with the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, a resource and guide published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in the United States.