Senior School Departments

Senior School Departments

Senior School Departments

At the Senior School level, the breadth of course offerings is considerable. For information on the different departments and the courses, make a selection from the list below. For a complete guide to course requirements and detailed descriptions, see the Course Selection Guide, also below.

Mathematics applies itself to a diverse range of subjects, from personal financial planning to high-level engineering. Students who study math need to analyze and assess data, identify patterns, and solve problems creatively. More than memorizing formulas, mathematics teaches us complex problem-solving methods and encourages abstract thinking.

Through mathematics, students learn to:

  • solve problems;
  • communicate and reason mathematically;
  • connect mathematics to its applications; and
  • appreciate and value mathematics.

Our students take risks, engage and persevere in mathematical problem-solving. SMUS students use different methods – such as visual aids and interactive activities online – that work for their learning styles and level of understanding. Through these methods, students can view different concepts analytically, graphically, numerically and verbally.

We teach the foundations of mathematics in Grades 9-12, including:

  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Problem-solving
  • Trigonometry
  • Probability and Statistics

At SMUS, strong mathematicians can advance one or two grades, allowing them to take Advanced Placement Calculus at two different levels (AB and BC) in their final year. Many universities award credit for AP Calculus, and some mathematics is required in many different post-secondary programs.

Extra Opportunities

Contests

We offer acceleration and enrichment in our program of studies encouraging many students to take on the challenge of a number of national and international mathematics contests such as the Pascal, Fermat, Cayley, and Euclid Contest and the AMC/AIME contests.

Mathletes

Members of our mathlete team view problem-solving as a game that requires creativity and persistence. Through the MATHChallengers program, mathletes test their strategic problem-solving abilities with stimulating and thought-provoking questions. Students form teams and compete with other schools at regional and provincial tournaments.

Courses

Title Grade
Foundations of Mathematics 12 12
Mathematics 9 9
Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10 9, 10
Foundations of Mathematics 11 11
Pre-Calculus 11 10, 11
AP Calculus AB 12
AP Calculus BC 12
Calculus 12 11, 12
Pre-Calculus 12 11, 12
AP Statistics 12 12

Course Selection Guide 2018-2019

Course Selection Guide 2018-2019

Course Selection Guide 2018-2019

Published: February, 2018

A guide to Senior School course requirements with descriptions to help our students plan an optimal school year.

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