Math Instruction

Benchmark School is unique for an elementary and middle school in that it features a distinct math department comprised of math specialists. Math instruction is tailored to students' individual needs as students are regrouped for math based on their strengths, challenges, and level of performance.  The math department provides a program that is research-based, conceptual, and inquiry driven. The focus is on helping students develop the conceptual and strategic knowledge that will enable them to be efficient and effective mathematical thinkers and problem solvers.

In designing this program, the math teachers have found that no single published series fits all of our students' needs. Consequently, our teachers have created an instructional program that draws on the strengths of a wide range of programs while being grounded in the standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as well as the Common Core State Standards. The result is a program that develops students' confidence and competence in math and prepares them to be mathematical thinkers for life.
 
"In 15 years of working with mathematics teachers, I have never seen a group as skilled and dedicated to each student's success as those at Benchmark. These teachers excel at all the best practices and then strive for more. They serve as a model of all who are inspired to teach."
Kristie Jones Newton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Temple University
 
"It was the teachers at Benchmark who gave me the confidence to pursue math through high school and as a major in college. Benchmark gave me the tools I needed to succeed  not only academically but through the rest of my life. Still, to this day, I believe the best thing that ever happened to me was going to Benchmark." - Grace Levengood, Benchmark '13, Christopher Dock Academy '17, Muhlenberg College, entering freshman Fall 2017
  

“I came to Benchmark lacking even the most basic of math skills and had no confidence. But at Benchmark, I grew to understand my difficulties and develop strategies that would eventually unlock my determination to face my challenges. I have said it time and time again, but it’s true, Benchmark was my life-line to my learning and my accomplishments.”
Devon Cosgrove ‘10
Honors Scholar at High Point College

"In my freshman year of high school, I managed to be successful in Honors Algebra I and earn a 96% in my English class. Thank you for the wonderful foundation Benchmark has given me so that I am able to be successful in high school!"
Jewel Ford '12, Freshman
St . Andrews School