Mathematics

In grades 9 and 10 students study Cambridge IGCSE International Mathematics. This course ensures that students acquire a solid foundation of mathematical skills and learn how to develop strategies for solving open-ended problems in a variety of abstract and real-life contexts. The course also allows learners to develop and sharpen their investigation and modeling skills and to build confidence and fluency in their use of techniques and mathematical understanding in preparation for the IB Diploma Programme.

The aims of Cambridge IGCSE International Mathematics are to:

  • develop mathematical skills and apply them to other subjects and to the real world
  • develop methods of problem-solving
  • interpret mathematical results and understand their significance
  • develop patience and persistence in solving problems
  • develop a positive attitude towards mathematics which encourages enjoyment, fosters confidence, and promotes enquiry and further learning
  • appreciate the elegance of mathematics
  • appreciate the difference between mathematical proof and pattern spotting
  • appreciate the interdependence of different branches of mathematics and the links with other disciplines
  • appreciate the international aspect of mathematics, its cultural and historical significance, and its role in the real world
  • read mathematics and communicate the subject in a variety of ways
  • acquire a foundation of mathematical skills appropriate to further study and continued learning in mathematics

Students are assessed externally at the end of grade 10 through Cambridge IGCSE exams.

IB Diploma Programme

In grades 11 and 12 mathematics classes, students study in one of the three IB courses:

  • Mathematics (HL)
  • Mathematics (SL)
  • Mathematical Studies (SL)

The aims of all IB Mathematics courses are to enable students to:

  1. enjoy mathematics and develop an appreciation of the elegance and power of mathematics
  2. develop an understanding of the principles and nature of mathematics
  3. communicate clearly and confidently in a variety of contexts
  4. develop logical, critical and creative thinking, and patience and persistence in problem-solving
  5. employ and refine their powers of abstraction and generalization
  6. apply and transfer skills to alternative situations, to other areas of knowledge, and to future developments
  7. appreciate how developments in technology and mathematics have influenced each other
  8. appreciate the moral, social, and ethical implications arising from the work of mathematicians and the applications of mathematics
  9. appreciate the international dimension in mathematics through an awareness of the universality of mathematics and its multicultural and historical perspectives
  10. appreciate the contribution of mathematics to other disciplines and as a particular “area of knowledge” in the TOK course.

The Mathematics Higher Level course caters to students with a good background in mathematics who are competent in a range of analytical and technical skills. The majority of these students will be expecting to include mathematics as a major component of their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering and technology. Others may take this subject because they have a strong interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges and engaging with its problems.

The Mathematics Standard Level course caters to students who already possess knowledge of basic mathematical concepts and who are equipped with the skills needed to apply simple mathematical techniques correctly. The majority of these students will expect to need a sound mathematical background as they prepare for future studies in subjects such as chemistry, economics, psychology and business administration.

The Mathematical Studies Standard Level course has an emphasis on applications of mathematics, and the largest section is on statistical techniques. It is designed for students with varied mathematical backgrounds and abilities. It offers students opportunities to learn important concepts and techniques and to gain an understanding of a wide variety of mathematical topics. It prepares students to be able to solve problems in a variety of settings, to develop more sophisticated mathematical reasoning, and to enhance their critical thinking. The individual project is an extended piece of work based on personal research involving the collection, analysis, and evaluation of data. Students taking this course are well prepared for a career in social sciences, humanities, languages or arts. These students may need to utilize the statistics and logical reasoning that they have learned as part of the mathematical studies SL course in their future studies.

Students are assessed both internally and externally at the end of Grade 12 through IB examinations. The internally assessed components are also externally moderated by IB.

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