Students entering Grade 10 must register in one of the following courses: Math 10-3, Math 10 Common, or Math 10 Common AP. Successfully completing any of these courses enables students to advance to the next level. We recommend that students register in the following courses based on their Grade Nine mathematics mark. Please refer to the following table and to the course descriptions to get a sense of which course you should enroll in.

The minimum requirement for the general high school diploma is 10 credits in mathematics. Students wishing to enter post-secondary school should set up an appointment with our Career Practitioner, Graduation Coach, or Guidance Counselor to determine which courses are required by a specific faculty or program of study. Students should check with their Math teacher for the approved list of graphing calculators once they arrive at Austin O’Brien. Please note that students must supply their own approved graphing calculator.

Math 10 C (Common):

Students who have passed grade 9 Mathematics should enroll in this course. The Math 10 Common course framework was developed by seven ministries of education (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan and Yukon Territory) in collaboration with teachers, administrators, parents, business representatives, post-secondary educators and others. The topics that are being taught in this course are: Measurement, Algebra & Number and Relations & Functions.

Math 10-3, 20-3, 30-3 (Workplace Mathematics):

This course route should be the one a student would register in if their grade 9 Final Mark was below 50%. This course sequence is designed to provide students with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into the majority of trades and for direct entry into the work force. Topics include finance, geometry, trigonometry, and measurement. Students will fulfill their high school Math credits requirements after completing two 5-credit courses.

Advanced Placement Mathematics:

 Math 10-C AP, Math 20-1 AP, Math 30-1 AP, Math 31 AP

Students who wish to enroll in this program should have a grade 9 Math mark of 80% or better AND be passionate about Mathematics. Previous data has demonstrated that marks alone are NOT a good basis for successful candidates in this program. This program requires students to be motivated, committed, and consistent in their study of Mathematical Theory as many topics and chapters contain enhancements or extensions to the regular Alberta curriculum standards. However, the evaluation of student ability will be based on the respective course structure that Alberta Learning has put in place. Students in their second year of this program will be expected to write the Math 30-1 Diploma examination. It is our intention that students complete the Advanced Placement Calculus AB exam in early May of their third year. This program enables those students that choose to apply, be given credit for advanced placement of a first year University Calculus course.

 Math 20-1, 30-1: Pre-Calculus

Students should choose the Pre-Calculus stream if they want to study mathematics or sciences at a university, college, or technical institute and go on to a related career. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students who plan to enter post-secondary programs such as engineering, mathematics, sciences, some business studies, or other programs that require advanced math skills. Math 30-1 is a prerequisite for Mathematics 31 and may be required for post-secondary calculus courses. This stream of courses includes topics such as permutations and combinations, relations and functions, sequences and series, and trigonometry.

 Math 20-2, 30-2: Principles of Mathematics

Students should choose the Principles stream if they wish to attend a university, college, or technical institute after high school, but do not need calculus skills. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to study at the post-secondary level in diverse fields, including arts, education, nursing, medical technologies, and some apprenticeship programs. This path will fulfill most students’ post-secondary needs. The program is designed with a great deal of flexibility, so that the student can switch sequences in Grade 11 or Grade 12 if their interests change. This stream of courses includes topics such as relations, functions and equations, probability, statistics, and trigonometry.

 Mathematics 31

This course is designed for highly motivated academic students who wish to pursue a first-year university course in calculus. Math 30-1 must be taken as a prerequisite for the course. Topics are included from both differential and integral calculus. Math 31 is highly recommended for students who intend to register in the Faculty of Science and is required for some faculties at the University of Alberta, such as Engineering.

 STATS 35: Advanced Placement Statistics

This stand-alone course is designed to prepare students to write the AP Statistics exam in May. Successful students will then be able to apply for advanced placement of a first-year university Statistics course. Students should be highly motivated and be prepared for the rigors of a university caliber course. The major themes are Exploring Data, Sampling and Experimentation, Anticipating Patterns, and Statistical Inference.