Gordon's MathCounts team placed third in Saturday’s state tournament, with a seventh grader placing second in the individual category. This was the third consecutive year that Gordon placed in the top three at the states, which draws over twenty teams of Rhode Island's top sixth, seventh and eighth grade math students.
All ten of Gordon's students finished in the top one hundred, and Gordon's top two female finishers who placed in top five females in the state.
The Gordon’s seventh grader’s performance made him the top seventh grader in the state, and earned him a place on the Rhode Island team when it travels to the nationals in Orlando, Florida later this spring.
In 2012, Gordon implemented a new math curriculum, Math in Focus, and hired Eric Kravitz as the schoolwide math specialist. "The team's performance this weekend reflects the depth of Gordon's math program," explains Head of School Ralph Wales. "Having a math specialist has been instrumental in allowing Gordon to challenge every students and provide outstanding professional development to our faculty."
Gordon's MathCounts team is one of a number of competitive academic opportunities offered each year. Gordon also fields a robotics team
which has earned a number of championships, and a Gordon National Geographic Geography Bee champion has gone on to compete in the global competition. A math club for third to sixth graders also meets three times a week,
preparing for the Mathematical Olympiads.
The Rhode Island MathCounts competition is hosted annually by the Rhode Island Society of Professional Engineers.