The Mathematics Department is in charge of enhancing the thinking and logical mathematical skills of Santiago College students according to the guidelines of the three programs of the International Baccalaureate Organization.
Primary School Program (PYP)
Mathematics in the Primary Years Program (PYP) is seen as a tool that supports inquiry and provides a universal language through which students explore and understand the world around them. Up to the 5th grade level, mathematical knowledge is acquired through the construction of meaning. Based on their previous experiences and knowledge, students reflect on their interaction with objects and ideas and apply the symbolic notation of appropriate mathematics to process and record their thinking.
Middle Years Program (MYP)
Supported by the evaluation criteria, we promote the use of mathematics as a form of communication and a way of understanding the world around us.
• Knowledge and Comprehension allow the study of mathematical elements and the rules that relate them and under which they operate.
• The Study of Patterns allows the study of the regularities observed in mathematics, promoting conjecture and the ability to deduce properties.
• Mathematical Communication includes both the use of mathematical language and the ability to describe, analyze and argue situations, relationships, propositions and results.
• The Application of Mathematics to situations of daily life allows us to understand how it is possible to use it to solve problems in areas as diverse as the arts, sciences, the behavior of individuals and cooking, among others.
Diploma Program (PD)
In the Diploma Program, the deepening of mathematical study aims to develop knowledge in the discipline as such, as well as to explore applications in real life. At these levels, the understanding and application of mathematics, supported by technology, is favored. The use of graphing calculators is probably one of the main characteristics where the study of regularities, the verification of hypotheses and the use of mathematical modeling is facilitated. At the end of the program, students work on an exploration that allows them to search for mathematics in the most diverse topics of their interest.
Head of Mathematics: Ximena Torres Lillo
Juan Antonio Abollado