The goal of teaching mathematics in the Portsmouth School District is to develop in students the value and enjoyment of mathematics. Students must be able to reason and communicate mathematically, have confidence in their mathematical skills, use math to make informed decisions in their daily lives, and see themselves as mathematical problem solvers. In solving problems, students must be able to question the reasonableness of a solution, be flexible, persevere, and take risks. Students must have these skills to adapt to the changing needs of the 2st Century.
Honors classes are offered in Algebra II and Precalculus. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are also offered in Calculus and Statistics.
In addition to the course offerings in the Math Department, students are welcome and encouraged to join the Math League or other recreational math contests offered throughout the year. The Math League meets twice monthly and competes at surrounding schools eight times a year.