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Innovating Math Instruction

About 12 years ago, following a careful analysis, The Cranbury School (Cranbury, NJ), began “The Math Shuffle.” Taking advantage of its K-8 structure, Cranbury leaders revamped the schedule so that every morning, middle school math teachers “push in” to math instruction classes in grades 3-5. During the Shuffle, students, and sometimes teachers, move around to pursue math in small groups. Math instruction proceeds concept by concept, so that students can progress based on their own background knowledge and skill.

The result? Today nearly 75% of all Cranbury Middle School students take high school level math courses.  Principal Susan Genco and other leaders, teachers, and students explain how it all works.

Read a transcript of Innovating Math Instruction.

Read The Cranbury School’s 2016 National Blue Ribbon School application.

Contact Information
Susan Genco, Chief School Administrator and Principal
23 North Main Street
Cranbury, NJ 08512-3257
(609) 395-1700

Student Demographics 2016

Number of students K-8 495
Students eligible for subsidized meals 5%
Limited English Proficient students 1%
Students receiving special ed services 18%
White students 69%
African American students 2%
Hispanic or Latino students 4%
Students of 2 or more races 4%
Asian 21%
Student mobility rate 4%
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