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Accelerated Math and Science Program

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Program Overview

The Accelerated Math and Science program is a math and science focus program for students in Grade 7-9. The program offers students an opportunity to specialize their focus in mathematics and/or science and is specially designed for those who have a love for learning, enjoy being challenged, and love solving problems in unique or creative ways! 

By working through the math/science outcomes in Grade 7 and 8, students are able to complete Mathematics 10 Common and/or Science 10 in Grade 9, allowing them to learn High School curriculum while in Junior High. 

Program Goals

The Accelerated Program is specifically designed for students who are academically capable of completing Grade 7, 8, and 9 Mathematics and/or Science in two years rather than the traditional three years. It provides students with the opportunity to pursue Common Math 10 and Science 10 in their Grade 9 Junior High school year. Course requirements are rigorous, and students are commonly required to spend more time in out-of-class preparation in order to be successful.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the program will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Standardized test results including indicators of cognitive ability, achievement and aptitude.
    • Grade 6 CCAT Quantitative and/or Nonverbal – 120 or greater.
    • CTBS: At least 80 percentile or above, particularly in the mathematics subtests.
  2. Successful completion of a Program Entrance Exam based on the Grade 6 and 7 Math and/or Science Key Learning Outcomes from the Alberta Education Program of Studies curriculum.
  3. Students also require a recommendation from their grade 6 teacher(s) which will provide information regarding:
    • Academic Achievement/Ability
    • Work habits/Organizational Skills
    • Motivation/Effort
    • Ability to work independently
  4. Exemplary attendance record

A selection committee composed of Accelerated Math and Science teachers and the school administration will review each student’s application. Based on the ADMISSION CRITERIA, the top students will be chosen for the program based on the class size restrictions and guidelines provided by Edmonton Catholic Schools in conjunction with Alberta Education class size requirement guidelines.

Program Eligibility Criteria

Once a student has been accepted into the program, their eligibility will be reviewed on an on-going basis. In order to maintain their eligibility, the student is required to demonstrate:
  1. Academic Achievement
    • Minimum 80% in subject to be accelerated or teacher recommendation
  2. Exemplary work habits
  3. A mature, positive attitude and exemplary classroom behaviour
  4. The ability to work independently
Student eligibility is also contingent on a positive annual Teacher recommendation.

The school will provide opportunities for students to move into or out of the accelerated programs based on the ADMISSION AND PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA. Student performance and program recommendations will be reviewed and made at each reporting period. In order to ensure a student meets the programming requirements, most changes will be made during the 1st school reporting period (September to November). Demonstration of good work habits, task commitment and positive attitude are prerequisites for continuing in the program. Students exhibiting behaviour detrimental to their progress or the progress of the group may be required to move from the accelerated program to the regular program.

Schools Offering Accelerated Math and Science Program

Entrance Exams

Accelerated Math and Science Program Entrance Exam Dates are in April every year. Please contact the school for the exact days and times of the exams.

*Exam length is approximately 2 hours

The Accelerated Math and Science Program Entrance Exams are based on identified Alberta Education Key Learning outcomes from the grade 6 and 7 Program of Studies in the corresponding courses.
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