Educational Philosophy

The study of mathematics will enhance the ability of all students to problem solve and to reason. Through a strong standardized departmental program that emphasizes problem solving, communicating, reasoning and proof, making connections, and using representations, students will develop self-confidence and a positive attitude towards mathematics.

Our curriculum matches that of the Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework and we are philosophically aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards.

Guiding Principles
  • Mathematical ideas should be explored in ways that stimulate curiosity, create enjoyment of mathematics, and develop depth of understanding.
  • Effective mathematics programs focus on problem solving, and require teachers who have a deep knowledge of the discipline.
  • Technology is an essential tool in a mathematics education and all students should gain facility in using it where advantageous.
  • All students should have a high quality mathematics program.
  • Assessment of student learning in mathematics should take many forms to inform instruction and learning.
  • All students should understand the basic structure of mathematics.
  • All students should recognize that the techniques of mathematics are reflections of its theory and structure.
  • All students should gain facility in applying mathematical skills and concepts.
  • All students should understand the role of inductive and deductive reasoning in mathematic and real life situations.


Read the Program of Studies for detailed course descriptions.
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus
  • Electives


Bill Noeth, Regional Department Chair
Telephone: (978)264-4700 extension 3411
Fax: (978)266-1133