St. William of York Catholic School recognizes the utmost importance of math, but not because of its usefulness or its college/career readiness importance. Brain-building power is its most vital purpose, particularly as we strive to build accurate, ordered thinking ability in children. What Latin does for the brain linguistically, math does in the world of numbers. We utilize Saxon Math for its total mastery, “spiral” approach, a method that resembles the Suzuki method for learning a musical instrument with constant, incremental repetition.
We encourage and facilitate student excellence in math through enrichment at the primary and intermediate levels and through appropriate acceleration and advanced placement at the middle school level. In consultation with local high school math departments, our normal track is for our eighth graders to be enrolled in Algebra I in preparation for ninth grade geometry or advanced algebra.