The WSSD is committed to delivering a rigorous math curriculum which meets the requirements of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as well as the Pennsylvania Academic Standards. This year grades K-5 are beginning their use of the Math in Focus program, initiated in grades 6-8 during the last academic year. Math in Focus builds student understanding of math concepts through experience and problem solving. The program is a focused, coherent curriculum that unfolds math concepts in a deliberate order so that students have the opportunity to develop ownership of each math concept in depth before studying more sophisticated math concepts. Each math concept is developed through a philosophy of concrete experience leading to visual understanding and then abstraction. An equal emphasis is placed on conceptual understanding and fluency with skills. Through the use of concrete and pictorial representations, students are provided the tools needed to work through multi-step and non-routine problems.