TCPS introduces new math program
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TENNESSEE CHRISTIAN PREPARATORY SCHOOL fifth-grade students from left, Shauna Drinnon, Haley Long and Ben Sparkman complete sixth-grade level math problems. TCPS has recently implemented a new math program to allow advanced students to participate in higher level math classes.
TENNESSEE CHRISTIAN PREPARATORY SCHOOL fifth-grade students from left, Shauna Drinnon, Haley Long and Ben Sparkman complete sixth-grade level math problems. TCPS has recently implemented a new math program to allow advanced students to participate in higher level math classes.
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Tennessee Christian Preparatory School has implemented a new approach to math through its lower school Math on the Move program.

This innovative program involves math being scheduled at the same time each day across all grades, allowing students to be placed at the grade level which supports each student achieving at his/her highest level of capability.

“This program was developed to maximize student math performance,” Lower School Principal Kathi Douglas said.

Additional reasons for implementing the program include:

1. Students who have attended TCPS since kindergarten or first grade are approximately three years ahead in math scores and need more challenges.

2. TCPS students who have strong math skills are encouraged and allowed to soar to their highest level of competency by being placed in the math class that challenges them best, even if the math level is several grade levels ahead.

3. Students applying to TCPS from other schools tend to be deficient in math ability though they have strong grades. This primarily results from using calculators for math at their previous schools. TCPS does not allow the use of calculators until advanced math courses are taken. Thus, students transferring to TCPS who may need remediation to improve their math skills are placed in the appropriate skill level of math even if it requires several months in a lower math skill class. In so doing, transfer students are able to catch up with their TCPS classmates.

The result of this program, though preliminary, is that students across grade levels are maximizing their math ability with a significant number of students working with groups well above grade level.

In addition, all TCPS students in grades K-11 are given a “math packet” for completion during the summer months, in order to prepare them for the next level of math, up to and including calculus.

“It is our goal at TCPS to aggressively strengthen math at all grade levels and to prepare our students to compete for entrance into the finest colleges and universities in the country,” states Audri Wood (developer of the math packets) Upper School principal and curriculum specialist.