Math is more than memorizing formulas and doing calculations. Math involves:

  • Highly practical and hands-on problems and skills
  • Rich problem-solving activities in collaboration with your peers
  • Some problems that will stretch your understanding to the abstract and theoretical
  • Using technology to develop, demonstrate and communicate your mathematical understandings

Mathematics is the study of quantity, space, structure, and change, and is the science of patterns.  In learning mathematics, students become critical thinkers who have the ability to work with abstract concepts and apply that level of thinking to solve problems.

At E.M. High, the math program is designed to ensure that all students have the foundational courses they require to reach their future goals. Whether students plan to attend post-secondary or the world of work, mathematics is the essential tool.

Students are encouraged to align their mathematics program with their personal plan.  Ensuring students have the correct program keeps more options open.  Many post-secondary programs require Math 30-1, but many do not. Check with our student advisors to determine your needs.

At EM High students are offered a pathway that integrates computing science with mathematics concepts. This course with a focus on using mathematics concepts in computing science applications reinforces understanding in both mathematics and computing science courses.

“Pure math is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.”
- Albert Einstein

Sequence of Courses

  • Students choosing Math 10 Combined have two sequence options out of Grade 10: 20-1 and 20-2. These sequences are ideal for students considering post-secondary studies in most colleges and universities.
  • Students choosing 10-3 follow the 20-3 and 30-3 sequence through Grade 11 and 12. This course sequence is ideal for students entering trades or the workforce immediately after high school. Students only need to complete 20-3 for graduation requirements.
  • Students can upgrade from the dash 3 curriculums by taking Math 10C after their current course.
  • Students choosing 10-4 can follow the 20-4, Knowledge and Employability, course sequence through Grade 11 or move to 10-3.
  • Students who enrol in 10 C don’t need to choose their course sequence until Grade 11.
  • Students can transfer between the -1 and -2 course sequences in grades 11 and 12.

Post-Secondary Information

In general students planning on taking course which require calculus in University will generally require Math 30-1.

Students looking at University programs which do not require calculus will generally require Math 30-2.

Students looking at programs in the Trades or those with no Math requirements may find the most success at the 30-3 level.

For specific course requirements students are generally directed to their intended post-secondary options.

Ernest Manning High School Math department and Student services department will work with all students to find the right pathway through the Mathematics sequence to meet your goals and abilities.


The math department is proud to support all of the major Calculator options available for students.

Students in the dash 3 and dash 4 streams require only a scientific calculator. Additionally students taking Math 31 - Calculus are limited to a scientific calculator as well.

For students in Math 10-C and either the dash one or dash two programs require students to have a graphing calculator and use it daily.

Advanced Placement®

Calculus AB

Students have the opportunity to enrich their mathematics education through Math 10-C Pre- AP, or the Math 10-C and Computing Science combined course, and Math 20-1 Pre-AP, to give them the best opportunity for success on the Advanced Placement Calculus AB Exam. The AP Calculus 30-1/31 course provides students with an excellent platform for success in their Math 30-1 course, diploma exam, the calculus course, and their AP exam. The course is arranged over the full year to allow students time to explore concepts thematically instead of arranged in order from course to course. Concepts are taught graphically, numerically, algebraically and verbally. With successful scores on the AP exam, students may be granted transfer credits from various post-secondary institutions.

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