The goal of the Groton School math and computer science program is to provide students with quantitative information, problem-solving techniques, and the analytical skills required by the changing landscape of the 21st century. Through student-centered discussions, technology-based explorations, discovery exercises, and lectures, we encourage students to investigate and analyze a variety of mathematical models. By exposing students to questions that emphasize theory as well as real-world applications, we instill the ability to reason quantitatively and to arrive at solutions in an organized, detailed, and concise way. The Department encourages students to work both individually and collaboratively to solve real-world problems. Students are expected to use a range of technological tools, including CAS graphing calculators, graphing software, spreadsheets, geometric modeling software, and computer programming to analyze and solve challenging problems. To meet the demands of a rapidly changing world, the Department seeks to provide students with essential mathematical and technological skills.
We place students in courses and sections relevant to their skill level. We offer courses that are designed to provide students with skills in a range of topics in algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, calculus, discrete mathematics, and computer science. Students who complete the math program through Advanced Math Topics are encouraged to pursue the study of more advanced topics on a self-selected tutorial basis. Some notable past tutorials include: Game Theory, Graph Theory, Differential Equations, Chaos and Fractals, and Artificial Intelligence, to name just a few.
Students must successfully complete mathematics through the Fifth Form year or through Trigonometry (the first term of the Precalculus sequence), whichever comes later.