The math team at Fenway uses the Center for Mathematics Education Project (CME). With funding from the National Science Foundation, the CME Project is organized according to the traditional sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Precalculus. CME blends progressive and traditional teaching styles so that students can learn both math skills and critical thinking skills. This program gives students the opportunity to use familiar mathematical themes to engage with a problem-based, student-centered program.
Fenway shares CME Project’s goal to lead students to a deep understanding of mathematics. The curriculum’s structure allows teachers to develop lesson plans that are not only rigorous and challenging but will engage students of all abilities, preparing them for higher achievement in mathematics.
Family Math Night
This is a night in mid- to late-October, where students take to opportunity to demonstrate different math topics to family members and other visitors. There are also presentations about STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) careers, math phobia, study skills, and current events in math. A free raffle is held for a gift card for school supplies.
The math team employs a range of assessment tools such as tests, quizzes, midyear and final exams, portfolios, and exhibitions.
The math team reviews MCAS performance on a regular basis to ensure that students are able to complete this graduation requirement. After school help is available to strengthen students’ test-taking skills approaching the MCAS test in mid-May.
The math team requires all students to produce several portfolios during the academic school year. In 12th grade, students complete projects instead of portfolios.
Seniors take either Calculus, Precalculus, or Statistics at Fenway. Students might otherwise be recommended by their math teachers and house coordinator to take a math course at Emmanuel College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, or Fisher College. In order to facilitate the transition to college, senior courses are taught in a style that more reflects what students are likely to encounter in a college setting.