Grade 9 Math Curriculum

The Grade 9 class starts a rigorous 3-year senior curriculum review in Spirit of Math. The weekly 2-hour class is designed for high performing students and prepares them for post-secondary success. Students review and consolidate their learning on geometry, algebra, and solving systems of equations from previous grades. Then, students focus their learning on factoring polynomials, absolute value, graphing techniques, and more. There are also independent assignments such as Cerebral Contortions, Big 100 which prepare students for challenging, contest-level math problems. The overall curriculum lays a strong and solid foundation for post-secondary success. Cooperative group work and problem solving continue to be key component in the Grade 9 curriculum.

Here’s what we cover in Grade Nine:

  • There are no new drills in grade 9; however, students consolidate the skills they have acquired in previous grades through the core topics this year
  • Review of geometry and algebra
  • Solving systems of equations
  • Factoring polynomials
  • Absolute value
  • Graphing techniques and transformations
  • Cerebral Contortions: challenging weekly assignments that require students to use their previous knowledge in a problem-solving capacity, yet require a deeper level of thinking.
  • The Big 100: an independent problem solving assignment intended to be a preparation for math contests the students have the option of writing
  • Comparing and discussing homework solutions to independent assignments and core work
  • Strengthening communication and social skills
  • Learning how to share ideas on how to collaboratively solve problems
  • Developing critical thinking and decision-making skills

Grades are available online and parents receive three report cards each year. Our students will demonstrate their understanding through:

  • Weekly quizzes based on the Cerebral Contortion assignments (from Lessons 4 to 21)
  • Five Unit Tests (at Lessons 6, 9, 13, 26, and 32)
  • Final Comprehensive Exam