Loran Davis, LL - Math

February 2021

Students are curious, active learners with individual interests, abilities, needs and career goals who come with varying knowledge, life experiences, expectations and backgrounds.

The Math Department at FLHS believes a key component in developing mathematical literacy for students is that they connect mathematics to their experiences and future goals.

The math program at FLHS is designed to ensure that all students have the foundational courses to reach their goals (even though the minimum mathematics requirement for students to graduate with a diploma is Math 20-3).  Whether students plan to attend post-secondary or immediately enter the workforce after graduation, FLHS mathematics has a pathway for each student.

Students are encouraged to align their mathematics program with their personal plan.  Ensuring students have the correct program keeps more options open. Checking the post-secondary program requirements helps to match your Math course with your goals. Remember that Math 30-2 is accepted in many post-secondary programs, check with your counsellor on the Math requirements needed for the program of your interest.


The Ministry of Alberta Education requires students entering Math 10-C, dash 1, or dash 2 to have their own Graphing Calculators.  FLHS strongly recommends one of the following models: TI-83 Plus, TI-84, TI-84 Plus, or TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator.  Students can expect to use these graphing calculators daily, ranging from moderate to intensive use.

Students in the dash 3 and dash 4 streams require a scientific calculator.

Students enrolled in Math 31 - Calculus are required to have a Graphing Calculator AND a scientific calculator.

Advance Placement Math

The Advanced Placement Mathematics Program at FLHS is designed for students to experience first year university/college Calculus.  The student will have an option to write the Advanced Placement Calculus Exam, which, if the student attains the required score, will allow them credit for that Calculus course.  Hence, the student will have completed a mathematics university course while in high school.

Grade 9 students who enjoy being in a Math rich environment are encouraged to take Math 10-C Pre- AP. This course is assessed at the same level of a regular Math 10-C but are exposed to material to will help them succeed in Grade 12. The sequence of Pre-AP course is Math 10-C Pre-AP, Math 20-1 Pre-AP in Grade 11 and then Math 30-1, Math 31 and Math 35 in Grade 12.

In the Grade 12 year, Math 30-1, Math 31 and Math 35 courses are arranged over the full year to allow students time to explore concepts in detail, and prepare them for the Advanced Placement Calculus AB Exam.

For more details on the Math AP program please contact Greg Ranieri at  or  Loran Davis at


  • Students in Math 10-C have two sequence options out of Grade 10 Math: 20-1 and 20-2. These sequences are ideal for students considering post-secondary studies in most colleges and universities.
  • Students in Math 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 in Math 10-4 can follow the 20-4, Knowledge and Employability, course sequence through Grade 11
  • Students who enroll in 10-C are not required to choose their course sequence until Grade 11.
  • Students can transfer between the -1 and -2 course sequences in grades 11 and 12.

For any questions on the FLHS Math Program please contact the Mathematics Learning Leader (Mathematics Department Head) Loran Davis at

December 2019 / January 2020

Through parent-teacher conferences and report cards, you should be aware of your son /daughter’s progress in math class. If you have any questions on their progress please contact their teacher through the school’s website. Tracking your son /daughter’s progress through MyCBE / PowerSchool is the easiest way to monitor their success. 

At this time of year, remaining focused on your academics can be difficult. This is a good time to reflect on what makes them more successful. Below are some helpful tips on which to reflect.

Some habits of successful students are:

  • Making a weekly study plan of what you are going to do and when you will do it.
  • Divide up your studying into manageable chunks
  • Set up successful study schedule focused around your most productive study times
  • Work with others who are learning the same material

If your son or daughter is struggling in class, have them talk to their teacher about changing their habits to be more successful. With a small change in habits, great things can happen.

October / November 2019

We are proud of the student's strong Math Diploma marks from June 2019, in both Math 30-1 and 30-2. This a result of hardworking students and staff throughout the last three years at Forest Lawn High School. Having students committing to after-school tutorials, completing their homework and focused study habits increased their success in these courses.

Have your student talk to their teacher if they are struggling with the material; in some cases, a minute of extra help can save hours of frustration.

All students should know when their teacher is offering tutorial times. In addition, the YMCA is offering tutoring on Thursdays between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, have your students ask their teacher for an application form.

Focusing on your studies at the start of the semester sets the stage for future success. 

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