The Honors Math Program at Saint Katharine Drexel Catholic School begins in the fourth grade and makes provisions to accelerate and to enrich the mathematics studies of students who are identified as capable of advanced instruction. The program is not a separate curriculum. It is, rather, a structure which makes provision for the acceleration of the existing curriculum. The program will enable students to perform on a level at least one year beyond the designated chronological grade equivalent up to high school level Algebra I.
With standards set by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, students in the Honors Math program are identified using the scores from the Terra Nova, a standardized test. Students are admitted to the program in grades four and five. Children are not admitted into the program after grade five.
Meet the Instructor
Mrs. McDevitt holds dual B.S. degrees in mathematics and accounting with a minor in economics. She holds a Master’s Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. She returned to graduate school recently to study technology and special education. Mrs. McDevitt is PA certified in elementary and special education and highly qualified in mathematics. Mrs. McDevitt has been teaching in the Public School System and for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for over 15 years. She also worked for fourteen years in the field of actuarial consulting in Philadelphia. She has been tutoring in the Council Rock District in math for the past 30 years. She has had experience with all learning differences and has worked with children with autism. Mrs. McDevitt uses various strategies to support differentiation in her classroom so that all of her students will feel comfortable and succeed. She is honored to be a part of SKD and to have a role in developing good Catholic Leaders. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.