Mathematics Department

The Mathematics Department is pleased to offer a wide range of courses to meet the needs and interests of all students. In Grades 9 and 10, students can choose from the Academic, Applied and Locally-Developed streams. In Grades 11 and 12, they can pursue courses for University Preparation, College Preparation and Workplace Preparation. All students are required to complete a minimum of three math credits in order to be eligible for their diploma (OSSD). For more information about prerequisites and possible pathways of study, parents and students can refer to our department's Pathways Chart.

The home of the Mathematics Department at Riverdale is room 316W. Room 316 (next door) is open before school, during lunch, and after school for students complete their Math homework, individually or in groups, and for extra help. If your teacher is not available, don’t hesitate to ask another teacher.

Riverdale offers after-school tutorials for Grades 9 and 10 students every Tuesday and Wednesday after school. They take place in Room 320 and begin at 3:05 p.m.. A teacher and several student volunteers are available to help with homework questions and review of basic concepts.

Riverdale students can enjoy mathematics outside the classroom by participating in various math contests such as the University of Waterloo Mathematics competitions. There are the Pascal and Fryer contests in Grade 9, the Cayley and Galois contests in Grade 10, and the Fermat and Hypatia contests in Grade 11. Grade 12 students may write the Euclid and Canadian Open Math Challenge. These contests are also open to motivated students in earlier grades. This year, students also wrote the Mathleague contests, a series of six international contests written throughout the year. Students can also join the Math Club for additional opportunities for enrichment. This year, the club meets every Tuesday, after school, in Room 326.

Each year in June, Grade 9 Academic and Grade 9 Applied students write the provincial EQAO Assessment of Mathematics, which is a standardized test for students across Ontario. Please visit the EQAO website for study tips and preparation material.

The Mathematics Department at Riverdale is committed to providing students with a rigorous and engaging mathematics education, and to prepare them for their future endeavours.

- Mary Card, Curriculum Leader of Mathematics