Math provides students with tools to make sense of the world analytically. Our classes are problem-solving laboratories where students exercise and hone their numerical and logical tools. Students are taught to reduce big problems to series of smaller problems, with a particular focus on skill-building, advanced numeracy, and the language of mathematics. Students engage in discussion about math and problem sets as they learn to justify their approaches to increasingly complex problems and to explain their thought processes. The Middle School math program graduates students who demonstrate mastery, understanding, and ownership of the numerical and algebraic skills to be successful in high school math programs.