Point Grey Secondary PAC General Meeting January 24th, 2012
Special Presentation by Ms. Janet Letourneau, head of the Math Department
Ms. Letourneau gave such a great presentation tonight that my notes can't do it justice. (Thank you, Ms. L!) However, here are some of her main points. Iíve
attached or linked copies of her handouts, including the math requirements for different
programs at BC universities. However, you should check the requirements before
applying, as they change frequently. For a printable version of these notes, please click here.
Different Math Strands: Please see the accompanying flow chart that shows the different math strands that students can take, and their pre-requisites. Students should try to decide by Gr. 10 what kind of math they will need for the program they go into in university, because some programs require Pre-Calculus 12 while others will accept any Math 11 or Foundations 11. Pre-Calculus 12 is acceptable for all programs but it is not required by all of them. It is not possible to go from Foundations 11 to Pre-Calculus 12 without taking Pre-Calculus 11 because the math topics are different, and so thatís why itís important to choose carefully. The strands are:
AP Calculus 12: Students may take AP Calculus 12 at Point Grey in the same year that they take Pre-Calculus 12. However, this will be a heavy math load. Some students choose to take Math 10 online or in summer school so that they can finish Math 12 in Gr. 11 and then take Calculus in Gr. 12. Students who take AP Calculus at Point Grey can write the optional AP exam at the school in May. If they do well, they can get a first year university credit for this course. However, the AP exam is optional and if students donít take it, they will still get a graduation credit for AP Calculus 12. No university in BC requires AP Calculus at this time, but it is recommended for Science students.
Accelerated Math: Grade 7 students who have an A average in math and
are recommended by their teachers, may write the Accelerated Math exam at Point
Grey in May. The Accelerated Math 8/9 class covers Math 8 and 9 in one year,
and students who are successful can enter Math 10 the next year. Honours math 9
is another option: it covers the same curriculum but in more depth and with
enrichment such as fuzzy logic, contests, critical thinking, projects
researching mathematicians, etc. Accelerated Math 8/9 and Honours Math 9 and 10 are only offered if there are enough
For students who need extra support:
For students who would like enrichment and extra challenge:
Thank you very much to Ms. Letourneau for this detailed and informative presentation. Any errors in these notes are mine!
~Maureen Bayless, PAC co-chair