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Program Overview


At the Junior High level, Louis offers a strong upbringing in numeracy and logical development in mathematics. Students are actively challenged and engaged in both conceptual understanding and problem solving. Opportunities exist for students to express their mathematical skills in a multitude of platforms including group projects, assignments, formal assessments and field trips. At the High School level, Louis offers numerous different mathematical courses (15 in total), including Advanced Program (AP) courses. Students develop and master both their problem solving and conceptual understanding of mathematics as they prepare to transition into post-secondary education.

All students have the opportunity of registering for Baron Blocks Flex Sessions to access one-on-one help from a teaching, or participate in extension activities within math. For further extension of learning, Louis St. Laurent also offers both Junior and Senior High math competitions through the University of Waterloo.

Program Features


Junior High

At the Junior High level, Louis encourages students to develop mathematical reasoning, problem-solving skills and to make connections between mathematics and its applications. We strive to foster student's confidence in mathematics as well as an appreciation for the subject.  Each course has a strong emphasis on mental math, where the students will develop and use mental math strategies each day. The Mathematics curriculum is organized into four sections called strands. These are number concepts and operations, patterns and relations, shape and space, and statistics and probability. Each grade in junior high have slightly different focuses, but expands on these strands overall. Students in Junior High are actively engaged and challenged in math and get the opportunity to extend their knowledge through Enhanced Academic Program (EAP) projects and assignments. Students will express their mathematical skills in various assignments, assessments, projects, and field trips.

Our grade 7 students will learn and explain the divisibility rules and solve problems involving percent and decimals.   They will explore adding and subtracting integers, as well as fractions, and mixed numbers. Students will begin to model and solve one step and two step algebra equations and use these skills to problem solve. Grade 7's will dive into statistics, discovering mean, median, and mode, as well as creating circle graphs. They will work with shapes such as circles, parallelograms, and triangles and learn how to calculate the area.

Grade 8 students will enhance their skills that were learned in grade 7. They will extend the concepts of area and 2D shapes to surface area and volume of 3D shapes, such as a cylinder.  They will use square roots and square numbers, as well as discover the Pythagorean theorem. Students will problem solve using fractions, percent, and decimals and be introduced to ratios and proportions. Not only will they add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers, but they will begin to multiply and divide. This will prepare them to solve expressions with multiple operations using the order of operations of integers and fractions.

Grade 9 students will finish out junior high math by improving on those concepts learned in grade 7 and 8, as well as develop skills to prepare them for grade 10. They will perfect their operations of positive and negative rational numbers, including problems requiring order of operations. Students will apply their knowledge of square numbers to estimating the square root of non-perfect numbers.  They will learn the laws of exponents and be introduced to polynomials, as well as solve problems with linear equations and inequalities. Students will continue with 3D shapes while being introduced to the surface area of composite shapes. They will be challenged with the concepts of problem solving with circle geometry and discuss and interpret the world of statistics and surveys.


Senior High

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At the High School level, Louis offers numerous different mathematical courses (15 in total), including International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. Students develop and master both their problem solving and conceptual understanding of mathematics as they prepare to transition into post-secondary education.

All students have the opportunity of registering for Baron Blocks Flex Sessions to access one-on-one help from a teaching, or participate in extension activities within math. For further extension of learning, Louis St. Laurent also offers both Junior and Senior High math competitions through the University of Waterloo.

Math 10C  This program emphasizes mathematical skills/knowledge and mathematical reasoning/critical thinking skills. Those interested in pursuing post-secondary institutions such as universities, NAIT, and SAIT should take Math 10C. The program pays particular attention to providing a smooth transition from Grade 9 to Grade 10 Math. 

Recommended prerequisite: 60% in Grade 9 Math.

 

Math 10 Prep This Mathematics 10 Prep course is designed to strengthen the understanding and skills from Math 9 and serves to prepare students for the Math 10C stream.  Several chapters review the basic skills and concepts that students learned in junior high and others introduce new concepts that will be taught in Math 10C. This course is taken in the first semester followed by Math 10C in the second semester. 

Recommended prerequisite: 50 - 60% in Math 9.

 

Math 10-3 The mathematics 10-3 program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing trades or direct entry to the work force upon high school completion. The program emphasizes mathematical understandings and critical thinking skills needed for a majority of trades training.

Mathematics 20-1 : A program designed for students who are interested in postsecondary programs which require Calculus courses and have a strong interest in Algebra. The program emphasizes mathematical skills and knowledge, critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed in Science/Technology/Engineering in post-secondary institutions.

Recommended prerequisite: 70% in Math 10C.

 

Math 20-1 AP : A program that focuses on the same concepts as Math 20-1, with more emphasis on problem solving skills and higher level thinking. Designed for students who are interested in postsecondary programs which require Calculus courses, have a strong interest in Algebra, and who have a passion for mathematics. In addition to the 20-1 curriculum, are covered throughout the term. Must be taken in the first semester of a student’s grade 11 year. 

Recommended prerequisite: 80% in Math 10C. 

 

Math 20-2 (5 credits): The Mathematics 20-2 program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing postsecondary programs which do not require Calculus, but expect logical and critical thinking skills. The program emphasizes mathematical skills & knowledge and problem-solving skills needed in Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts, Law, and Education in post-secondary institutions. 

Recommended prerequisite: 50% in Math 10C.

 

Math 20-3 (5 credits): The Mathematics 20-3 program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing trade programs or direct entry into the work force upon high school graduation. The program emphasizes mathematical understandings, knowledge, skills, and critical thinking skills needed for the majority of trade training programs and for the work place. 

Recommended prerequisite: 50% in Math 10-3 or 40% in Math 10C.

Math 30-1 (5 credits): The Mathematics 30-1 program builds on knowledge and skills from the 20-1 course. Emphasis in the course remains on algebraic skills and graphical analysis, preparing students who have post-secondary aspirations in Science/Technology/Engineering. Designed for students who have a passion for mathematics. This is a diploma program, in which 30% of the final mark is based on the Provincial Diploma examination result. 

Recommended prerequisite: 70% in Math 20-1 or 80% in Math 30-2.

 

Math 30-1 AP (5 credits): The Mathematics 30-1 program builds on the knowledge and skills from the 20-1 course. Emphasis in the course remains on problem-solving higher-level thinking, preparing students who have post-secondary aspirations in Science/Technology/Engineering. This is a diploma program, in which 30% of the final mark is based on the Provincial Diploma examination result. This course must be taken in the second semester of the students grade 11 year. 

 

Math 30-2 (5 credits): The Mathematics 30-2 program builds on knowledge and skills from the 20-2 course. Math 30-2 prepares students who have post-secondary aspirations that do not require Calculus. Students will use numerical and logical reasoning to solve puzzles, and solve real-life problems about the probability of events occurring. Furthermore, students will solve problems algebraically involving rational equations, and investigate exponential, logarithmic, and sinusoidal functions. This is a diploma program, in which 30% of the final mark is based on the Provincial Diploma examination. 

Recommended prerequisite: 50% in Math 20-2 or 50-60% in Math 20-1 

 

Math 30-3 (5 credits): The Mathematics 30-3 program builds upon the knowledge and skills learned in the Mathematics 20-3 course. This is a grade 12 program and, upon successful completion of the program, students can be exempted from some Math requirements in the trade programs. 

Recommended prerequisite: 50% in Math 20-3 or 40% in Math 20-2 Math 20-1 (5 credits). 

 

Math 31 (5 credits): The Mathematics 31 program is an elementary calculus course intended for students who wish to pursue studies in a mathematics-intensive program at a post-secondary level. Completing Math 31 in high school is advantageous in post-secondary programs such as engineering, physics, math, sciences and business. The Math 31 program builds on the theoretical and practical development of algebra of functions, trigonometry, differential calculus and integral calculus. 

Recommended prerequisite: minimum 70% in both Math 20-1 and 30-1. 

 

Math 31 AP (5 credits): The Mathematics 31 program is an elementary calculus course intended for students who wish to pursue studies in a mathematics-intensive program at a post-secondary level and who have a passion for mathematics. Completing Math 31 in high school is advantageous in post-secondary programs such as engineering, physics, math, sciences and business. The Math 31 program builds on the theoretical and practical development of algebra of functions, trigonometry, differential calculus and integral calculus. It is recommended that a student taking Math 31 has achieved a minimum of 70% in each of Math 20-1 and 30-1. This course includes additional AP units, internal assessment and the AP exams. It is offered in semester 2. 

Recommended prerequisite: 70% in Math 20-1IB/30-1 IB.


Teachers

Junior HighSenior High
Jordan Anstice - IL
Andrew Gerla - DH
Annette, Yakimowich
Jordan Anstice
Melissa O'Connor
Chayne Barnaby

Evan Bedural

Fitzroy Ford


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