Shady Side Academy was one of the first schools in Pittsburgh to implement a Singapore Math curriculum, called Math in Focus. This innovative approach to teaching math focuses on problem solving, deep understanding and the use of model drawing to drive the acquisition and application of mathematical skills. Math in Focus teaches the same content as traditional mathematics programs, just in a way that emphasizes understanding and flexible thinking. It teaches children how and why math works, so they will be better able to use math in real-life situations.
This page provides information and resources for parents about Math in Focus, including teaching theories, appropriate vocabulary to use at home, links to documents and websites, and bar model problem samples.
The Math in Focus curriculum continues at the SSA Middle School. Learn more about the Middle School math curriculum.