# Our Method

###### By succeeding in learning challenging higher-level concepts, students view themselves as successful and capable of any intellectual endeavor. Project SEED lessons supplement and reinforce students’ regular mathematics program.

We base our curriculum on advanced mathematics because:

**It predicts success**Students who master algebraic concepts in elementary school are more likely to succeed in high school Algebra. This starts them on the path to college and careers. Studies by College Board, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Educational Longitudinal Study show that students who complete these classes are more likely to graduate from high school and enroll in college.

**It is intellectually rigorous**Those who can “do math” are perceived as intelligent and academically talented. By succeeding in learning challenging higher-level concepts, students view themselves as successful and capable of any intellectual endeavor. The expectations that their parents and teachers hold for them improve as well.

**It’s culturally neutral**Math is not biased in favor of one background or another. Since written mathematics is a symbolic language of its own, students who may not have strong verbal skills can still succeed.

**It offers a level playing field**Mathematics that students have not seen previously is not tainted by prior failure experiences. All students begin at the same level giving each student an equal opportunity to succeed.

In Project SEED classes, students tackle topics like Algebra, pre-Calculus, group theory, number theory, Calculus, and analytic geometry. Our mathematics experts create discovery lessons appropriate for various grade levels, from elementary to graduate school.

## Sample Curriculum Topics by Grade Level

Grade | SEED curriculum | Topics |
---|---|---|

3 | Analytic geometry and functions | Multiplication and division, use of variables, algebraic reasoning, graphing in the coordinate plane |

4 | Group properties of integers and rational numbers | Operations with negative numbers and fractions, distributive property and other laws of mathematics |

5 | Exponents including derivation of the rule for multiplying exponential terms and its use to define zero, negative and fractional exponents | Multiplication and division of fractions and decimals, variables, proof structures, algebraic thinking |

6 | Summations using negative powers and limits | Variables, addition of fractions and decimals |

7 | Complex Numbers | Operations with negative numbers, square roots, multiplication of binomials |

8 | Derivatives and slopes of tangents to curves (Calculus) | Slopes of linear equations, multiplication of polynomials, operations with fractions and decimals |