The Bethune Mathematics Department is committed to providing students with a strong foundation and understanding of mathematics that will help them to achieve success both now and in the future. Opportunities are provided to students through the regular curriculum as well as through a wide variety of extra-curricular activities for their enrichment.
For high school graduation a student must complete at least 3 math credits, with at least one at the senior level.
At the grade 9 level there are 4 courses: Academic, Applied, Essentials (LDCC) and Stellar.
In Academic, the emphasis is on theory and abstract thinking. This stream leads to post secondary degree/diploma programs that require a high level of mathematics (e.g. engineering, computers, medicine).
In Applied, real life situations are used to illustrate ideas and more opportunities are given to experience hands-on applications of concepts. This stream leads to post secondary degree/diploma programs that require some mathematics (e.g. manufacturing, fashion, hospitality management).
In Essentials, special attention is given to skills and knowledge that the students should have previously mastered. This stream leads to post secondary degree/diploma programs that require little or no mathematics (e.g. journalism, social services. theatre arts).
The Stellar program is for students who look for a much greater challenge in mathematics at a quicker pace and who enjoy mathematics competitions. It has the same content and expectations as the academic course, but with more in-depth coverage and an emphasis on problem-solving. There is a separate application package that must be completed for those students wishing to be considered for this program.
All grade 9 Stellar, Academic & Applied math students must write the EQAO Math Assessment in June and this is worth 10% of their final grade.
After grade 9, teachers will recommend appropriate selections for grade 10. Students may switch between the Applied and Academic programs before starting grade 10, but only after successfully completing a transfer course. For Grade 10, Academic, Applied, Essentials and Stellar courses are available.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CHOICES FOR GRADE 9 HAVE A LOOK AT THE BROCHURE “EXAMINING MATHEMATICS PATHWAYS”
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There are many opportunities for students to participate in activities to enhance their math skills and to communicate their understanding. Students can participate in mathematic competitions and join the math club.
A student run club for those who are interested in challenging math problems & puzzles, contests, recreational mathematics and games. Student help each other to prepare competitions and also to stimulate deeper problem solving.
Math Club Executive
- Ally Y. (President)
- Jessie P. (Vice President)
- Amy Z. (Treasurer)
- Linda K. (Secretary)
- Zong X.
Every effort is made to assist students who may be experiencing difficulty in math. All math teachers are available for extra help. In addition, there is:
- An Afterschool Numeracy Program, where students receive grade specific help from teachers in a smaller group setting to address numeracy skills necessary for success in their math courses.
- Homework Help: A free online tutoring service available to all Grade 9 & 10 students. Click here for more information about this service.