Mathematics is used every day, by everyone, in every endeavor. As such, mathematics serves all other sciences and disciplines. In the Springfield School District, emphasis in the early grades is placed on knowing and using basic arithmetic facts, without the use of a calculator. These basic skills are important for student confidence and the ability to progress to higher levels of mathematics and everyday living.
In the middle grades these skills are enhanced with the knowledge necessary to successfully complete high school mathematics courses. Highly motivated students are able to complete college level classes, such as Advanced Placement Calculus, Advanced Placement Statistics, and Mulit-variable Calculus, while still in our high school.
The dedicated and knowledgeable staff is eager to assist students from the moment they begin at Springfield until their graduation from Jonathan Dayton.
Advanced Placement & Honors Courses
Students who perform at the highest levels in mathematics can take courses at the honors level in Geometry, Algebra II, PreCalculus, Statistics & Probability. Advanced Placement courses offered are AP Calculus BC and AP Statistics. Students must receive a teacher’s recommendation to register for an Advanced Placement or Honors class and must satisfactorily complete a summer assignment to enter the course in September.
The Honors courses require students to be independent thinkers and learners. An honors course moves at a much faster pace and covers additional material compared to the college preparatory level. Students are expected to have a strong grasp of previous course material so they can focus on a more challenging exploration of the material.
Advanced Placement courses in Calculus and Statistics allow students who have completed the courses at the Honors level the opportunity to earn college credits by taking the College Board Advanced Placement exam. Students are expected to have exceptional study habits, be self-motivated learners and have the ability to keep up with a fast-paced course.
Course Placement Review
Students who disagree with their teacher recommendation can work with their guidance counselor to file a course placement review. The department supervisor will examine the course placement review and make a final decision regarding placement.
Below you will find educational links for parents and teachers.
The first website is Achieve the Core. This website is designed to offer free, ready to use classroom resources that support standards aligned instruction for all students.
The second website is presented by the Dept. of Education for ELA and Math and focuses on prerequisite concepts and skills. Included here are the recommended prerequisite concepts and skills necessary for students to learn grade level content which is based on the New Jersey Student Learning Standards in ELA and Math. This tool is intended to support educators in the identification of any conceptual or skill gaps that might exist in a student’s understanding of the standards while also guiding educators to focus on specific prerequisite concepts. The organization of this document mirrors that of the instructional units and reflects a grouping of standards and student learning objectives.
Lastly, Achieve the Core contains family guides for parents. The guides are a brief overview for parents and ways to support their child.
Student Achievement Partners' Family Guides