Math at JGD High School
- High school mathematics builds upon and expands understanding of topics covered from K-9.
- Common themes include (but are not limited to) Relations and Functions, Algebra and Trigonometry.
- Skills developed through the study of mathematics include problem solving, critical thinking, time management, and logical processes.
- There are three “streams” in HS math: “-1”, “-2”, “-3”, plus the IB programme.
- Students earn 5 credits for each math course that is successfully completed.
- Students need 10 credits (5 credits in 10 level and in 20 level) in mathematics to earn their high school diploma.
The main goals of our mathematics courses are to prepare students to:
- Solve problems through independently and collaboratively through creative and critical thinking
- Communicate and reason mathematically
- Make connections between math and its applications theoretically and in the real world
- Become mathematically literate
- Appreciate and value math
Math Course Sequence (see the Math Umbrella photo on the right of the screen ->)
Math 15 (5 credits) is a Math 10C preparation course
Math 15 builds foundational skills for success in the concepts in Math 10C and beyond. When arriving from grade 9, if students received any 2s and wish to go to Math 10C, it is recommended that they take Math 15 first.
Mathematics 10C helps students build on their algebra skills and number sense from junior high. At this level, students study the units Measurement, Algebra and Numbers, and Relations and Functions.
Precalculus (-1 courses)
These courses are intended for students whose post-secondary studies will include calculus (ex. engineering, math, science or some business). This route is both more theoretical and algebraic than the Principles (-2 ) route. Both routes can lead to post-secondary studies, however, Math 30-2 may not be accepted for some post-secondary programs.
Principles (-2 courses)
These courses are designed for students who wish to pursue post-secondary studies which do not require calculus (such as arts programs, medical technologies and nursing). The focus in this route is on the practical applications, logical thinking and statistical reasoning of mathematics.
Math Apprenticeship and Workplace (-3 courses)
This course sequence is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the work force.
Math Knowledge and Employability (-4 courses)
Mathematics -4 students connect mathematical ideas to their everyday lives. Students who have experienced challenges or difficulty with their skills will be provided with additional strategies for success in the Knowledge and Employability -4 course sequence.
The IB Math programme is an excellent choice for high achieving students with excellent work ethic and a desire to be challenged to enrich their mathematical knowledge and understanding. The programme is geared towards individuals who are self-motivated and possess a strong foundation from previous math courses. This is a challenging and demanding course so it is important that students complete and understand their work on a daily basis. The program develops "internationally minded people, who in recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world" (IB mission). IB learners strive to be inquirers, knowledgeable, creative and critical thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. The IB learner profile represents 10 attributes valued by both Alberta Education and IB World Schools.
The content at each grade level will have most of the material already contained in the Alberta Curriculum and any differences will be covered within the time frame given in each semester.
Learning Supports at School
The Math Department offers daily tutorials in dedicated tutorial rooms, staffed by teachers and volunteer high-level math students.
Current morning, lunch, and afterschool tutorial dates and times will be posted in every math classroom. They are subject to change every semester. Students are encouraged to come with specific questions for tutors and must have worked on the problem prior to arriving. If more significant help is needed, students are encouraged to contact their teacher to arrange a time to meet.
Supporting Learning at Home
Successful students strive to…
- Complete homework regularly (avg. 15 – 45 min/night)
- Review old concepts a few times a week
- Attend class regularly
- Arrive to class prepared
- Be proactive about getting help
- Study in quite, distraction free zones
- Pre-learn concepts by reading the textbook or online notes
- Complete unit summaries or flash cards
- Make all quiz and exam corrections and reflect on errors
- Be proactive and stay in communication with their teachers when absent
- Put away cell phone
- Students and parents are encouraged to check PowerSchool for missing assignments and assessments.
Calculators Used at JGD High School
- Required for Math 10C, 20-1, 30-1, 20-2 and 30-2 as well as many Science classes
- Calculators suggested: TI-84, TI-nspire or Casio fx-9750
- Students should verify with their teacher about any other type of calculator to ensure it is allowed. It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that the calculator they have is on the approved Calculator list that is updated annually by Alberta Education.
- Required for Math 15, 10-3, 20-3, and 30-3
- Make sure calculator has trigonometry functions (sin, cos, tan) and a fraction button.