Heather A. Ronan, Ph.D
Coordinator of Mathematics and Science, PreK - 5
Department Head, 9-12
The Brockton Public Schools believes that all students are mathematicians. By providing students with the opportunity to engage in rich meaningful tasks where students are required to represent their thinking, communicate their reasoning, and participate in mathematics discussions, students will develop a deeper conceptual understanding of mathematics.
BPS embraces the Standards of Mathematical Practices and these standards are evident in our classrooms. Our teachers strive to create an environment where students are encouraged to share their thinking, evaluate their own reasoning as well as the reasoning of their peers, and where different approaches and strategies to solving mathematics problems are valued. Students are expected to move beyond memorizing (algorithms, rules) and “doing” the math to understanding and explaining the math.
It is through this approach to teaching and learning mathematics that we are preparing the Brockton Public School students for success in the careers of the future.
Resources for both parents and teachers are provided on these pages. Further information is available by calling the Office of Teaching and Learning, Mathematics, at 508-580-7565 or by e-mailing the coordinator: [email protected] or [email protected]
Daniel Corbett, Department Head
The Brockton High School Mathematics Department consists of 43 teachers dedicated to providing the students with a comprehensive and ambitious mathematics education. The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks have been integrated into the mathematics curriculum reinforcing high standards and expectations. The philosophy that all students can succeed in mathematics is a guiding principle and the faculty works tirelessly toward this goal.
In an effort to attain the best possible MCAS scores, all freshmen are required to complete Algebra I and all sophomores must complete Geometry. This provides students with the necessary background to be competitive on the Mathematics MCAS Test. Math MCAS scores continue to climb at the high school and students are provided with a multitude of opportunities to practice and hone their skills.
The Mathematics department offers a variety of courses designed to expose students to a multitude of mathematical experiences. Courses range from Algebra through AP Calculus where students can experience the reality of a two semester college Calculus class. In addition to regular coursework, the math department provides after school experiences in MCAS help, credit recovery and the Math Team. The Math Team competes against area schools in regular sessions providing interested students with a difficult and rigorous mathematics experience.
The mathematics curriculum is designed to incorporate the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks in focus and at the forefront. The curriculum consist of the essential courses to assist in MCAS success and builds from there. The opportunity presents itself for students to be well prepared for college and meet all necessary prerequisites for college admission.
All freshmen are required to take this beginning Algebra course. Traditional algebra topics are covered with emphasis on the state curriculum frameworks requirements.
All sophomores are required to take this course in geometrical thinking. The course covers topics in plane and solid Euclidean geometry.
This course extends the fundamental skills and concepts learned in Algebra I. Topics include the exploration of the real number system, polynomials, equations, problem solving and systems of equations.
This course provides students with a background in trigonometry, conic sections, sequences and series and higher level probability. The course is designed to provide students with the necessary background for a college level Calculus I course.
This course is designed to help students who need more reinforcement of the mathematical concepts. Algebra and Geometry topics are explored with a strong emphasis on necessary MCAS skills.
Algebra Topics and Applications of Math:
Algebra Topics and Applications of Math are designed for upper classmen who need to develop their skills in Algebra and Geometry. These courses can serve as a stepping stone to successful completion of Algebra II.
The Brockton Public Schools' Mathematics Program, 9-12, will provide all students with access to the richness of mathematical and technological resources. Through hands-on learning, students will be able to apply mathematics principles to solve problems in their daily lives.
The curriculum goals are to:
• Promote excellence in teaching and learning of mathematics.
• Implement the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks.
• Increase awareness and use of technology in the learning process.
• Enhance systemic change in the school district by implementing methodologies and strategies to embrace all learning styles.
We are in the process of completing a website devoted exclusively to Math, Grades K-8. The website is designed to provide resources for parents and staff to assist the student in developing a deeper conceptual understanding of mathematics. The website's URL is:
Although the website is still under development, many of the resources are available to teachers now. Additional resources, including resources for parents, will be added as they become available.