Office of Mathematics

Our Focus

Our mission is to build content knowledge, and exceptional practice within every Mathematics teacher, and equip them to empower every student to strive towards excellence and achievement in grade-level Mathematics within every school. We will intentionally exercise responsible stewardship to educate every student to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to thrive in any environment requiring the use of Mathematics.

Curriculum Overview

An adopted, core curriculum that is fully aligned to the Common Core of State Standards in Mathematics is key to providing focus and coherence of Mathematical content that we expect students to be exposed to within and across grades. Our curriculum sets an expectation that every student will show competence in very specific skills and knowledge by grade level. The statements below express a broad generalization of Mathematical content that students are expected to acquire by grade cluster:

  • Lower Elementary (K-2): Addition and subtraction of whole numbers-concepts, skills, and problem solving; place value.
  • Upper Elementary (3-5): Operations (+, −, ×, ÷) on the set of whole numbers and fractions-concepts, skills, and problem-solving.
  • Middle School (6-8): Operations (+, −, ×, ÷) on the set of real numbers; ratios and proportional relationships; early expressions and equations; linear algebra and linear functions.
  • High School (9-12): Geometric principles, measure of central tendency, linear and non-linear functions; families of functions.

In no way should the thoughts communicated above be considered exhaustive, but from an ideological framework, should be considered the minimum that our students should be able to exhibit competence.

Curriculum Maps are available via the links to the right under the heading “Curriculum by Grade Level”.

Enrichment Activities & Student Programs

The Office of Mathematics is proud to support and/or sponsor the following programs:

  • Academic Games™
  • Chess
  • Det. Mathematics & Science Ctr.
  • Mathematics Bee 2018
  • Nat. Math & Science Initiative (NMSI)
  • Project SEED
  • Robotics
  • SEEK Camp
  • SWAY
  • Thinkabit Labs
  • University of Michigan Architectural Prep. Program

Did You Know (DYK)?

2017–18 Mathematics Curriculum

The district’s 2017–18 adopted (intended) curriculum is an extension of last year’s (2016–17) curriculum. All instructional products, scope & sequences and ancillary resources are considered the primary sources that all K-12 teachers may reference to focus the delivery of instruction to all our 50,000+ DPSCD students. Furthermore, all teachers are empowered to make informed, data-driven-decisions to deviate (within reason) from the suggested curriculum maps (scope and sequence). For 2017–18, all teachers are encouraged to do “something different”, but the expectation is that all teachers intend, and are planning to expose every student to the full breadth of grade-level standards and content daily over the entire academic year.

2018 Math Instructional Materials Review & New Adoption Committees

The district’s Mathematics, intended curriculum maps, and instructional materials will be undergoing a comprehensive review and overhaul in advance of SY 2018–19. All Mathematics’ curriculum maps for grades K-12 will be completely rewritten, and all current textbooks adoptions for grades K-8 will be reviewed for possible replacement with better-aligned products. This Office of Mathematics will be opening participation within this very important process to current teachers within the district and is establishing a protocol for the committee-membership selection process. The details of this process will be shared with schools very soon.

Algebra Nation & Khan Academy Access for Teachers & Students

The Office of Mathematics has partnered with Algebra Nation and Khan Academy to assist in providing Tier II and III support for our students in learning Mathematical content. The district will now provide access to Algebra Nation for all 8th through 11th-grade teachers and students, and Khan Academy access to students and teachers of all grades via CLEVER. All district-owned PC’s and laptops already have CLEVER installed and is ready for immediate use (look for this icon Clever Icon; login is automatically associated with your (or your students’) active directory credentials.

Questions or Concerns?

For any questions or concerns regarding any Office of Mathematics-sponsored, student program, please contact Tony Hawk at or (313) 873-0225


Student Programs

Chess League

DPS Chess teams have consistently brought home trophies from multiple tournament classifications. Chess is a game of imagination and strategy, one that provides rules, order and opportunities for intellectual growth. Chess teaches a skill that can be applied to other aspects of life. For example, it teaches one to plan carefully in advance, to visualize various situations before making a move, and the importance of patience. How many of us have acted without thinking and then wished we could take back our actions? Well, the game of chess will quickly teach a child to analyze before acting. Studies support the assertion that chess improves a person’s organizational and analytical skills. Chess involves an infinite number of calculations, anything from counting the number of attackers and defenders in the event of a simple exchange to calculating lengthy continuations.

Academic Games

Academic Games™ is a series of games designed to test a student’s knowledge in several different subject areas. Students compete in games that cover math, English, social studies, & logic. The primary purpose of Academic Games is to make learning fun for students. All too often it seems, students turn off to math, English, or social studies because the students are bored or not challenged by the material. Academic Games helps to alleviate that problem by challenging students to pursue their own education in these subjects in order to succeed in the competition.

Michigan Architecture Prep Program (MAPP)

Detroit Public Schools has partnered with the University of Michigan Taubman
College of Architecture and Urban Planning to offer eleventh grade students an
opportunity to study and learn about architecture. The Michigan Architecture Prep
Program is a one semester offering that has been customized for high school students.
The participants are students from the following high schools: Cass Technical, Detroit
School of Arts, Renaissance, and Western. The teachers are Fellows of U of M
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The main requirement for
participation is a genuine interest in any aspect
of the architectural field.

Students study architectural design, create blueprints, and design scale models. The courses consist of Applied Geometry and Visual Arts and are geared towards college and career readiness opposed to industry or vocational trades. Therefore, emphasis is placed on project-based learning that requires knowledge in constructing, drawing, and producing two- and three-dimensional models.

Summer Engineering Experiences for Kids (SEEK) Camp

The Summer Engineering Experiences for Kids (SEEK) Camp is a fun, hands-on, interactive, and engaging project-based engineering program that helps children better understand important mathematical and scientific concepts in a fun and exciting way. This camp is for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students and is co-sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers. The full-day 3-week camp runs during July and August.


The mission of robotics in DPS is to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build mathematics, science, engineering and technology skills. Participation in robotics will inspire innovation and foster real-world life characteristics including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Most DPS high schools have active robotics teams with many of the middle schools coming on-board. The school teams work throughout the school year designing and building their robot to pre-set specifications culminating with the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics regional, state and national competitions.

Mathematics Bee

This District-Wide competition allows elementary school students to demonstrate their expertise and fluency in recalling the basic facts: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. After winning their way through their class and school-wide competitions, the school’s winners gather in the spring to compete against their grade-level peers from across the district for the honor of being the DPS Mathematics Bee winner.

Project SEED

Project SEED instruction combines a non-lecture, questioning method with techniques designed to encourage constant verbal and nonverbal feedback, promote student participation, and improve focus. The Project SEED method makes the class the arbiters of knowledge giving them a sense of ownership of the material.