A Guide for Selecting Mathematics High School Courses
The courses have been designed to address individual student needs and prepare students for their intended post-secondary choices. As educators we want students to choose appropriately to ensure success and at the same time provide flexibility in future course selections.
When considering a Grade 9 mathematics course, it is strongly recommended that students select a course in which they will most likely experience success. The courses are designed to provide a flexible entry point to meet the needs of all Grade 8 students.
The type of course chosen depends on many factors: ability, achievement, attitude/motivation, organizational skills, learning styles, future goals, etc. Carefully examine a student's achievement in mathematics and consider the most appropriate learning environment. The grade 8 math teacher should examine each student's achievement in detail and use the information to recommend which course will support success for the student at this point in time.
The Grade 9 Applied Course is intended for the learner who has experienced some degree of success in most areas of the Grade 8 mathematics program, who would benefit from more time consolidating key concepts and skills in mathematics, as well as learning through hands-on activities and the use of concrete examples. This course enables students to develop understanding of mathematical concepts related to introductory algebra, proportional reasoning, and measurement and geometry through investigation, the effective use of technology, and hands-on activities. Students will investigate real-life examples to develop various representations of linear relationships, and will determine the connections between representations. They will also explore certain relationships that emerge from the measurement of three-dimensional objects and two-dimensional shapes. Students will consolidate their mathematical skills as they solve problems and communicate their thinking. This course leads to the Grade 10 Applied course. A transfer course is required for those who choose to take the Grade 10 Academic course.
The Grade 9 Academic Course is intended for those students who are ready to learn through abstract reasoning. The course provides more opportunities to develop a higher level of algebraic skills. This course enables students to develop understanding of mathematical concepts related to algebra, analytic geometry, and measurement and geometry through investigation, the effective use of technology, and abstract reasoning. Students will investigate relationships, which they will then generalize as equations of lines and will determine the connections between different representations of a relationship. They will also explore relationships that emerge from the measurement of three-dimensional objects and two-dimensional shapes. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems. This course leads to the Grade 10 Academic course.
Mathematics Assessment in Grade 9
An annual Grade 9 Assessment of Mathematics provides individual and system data on students' knowledge and skills in the area of Mathematics. The assessment is based on the new Mathematics curriculum implement in September 1999 and different assessments have been developed for students in Applied and Academic programs. All students in these programs are required to participate in the assessment. More information can be found at EQAO's website.