Grade 9 De-Streamed Math

Limestone Learning Foundation
The Ministry of Education has announced it is de-streaming Grade 9 math beginning in September 2021. De-streaming means that students will no longer be placed into applied or academic math courses, a practice that has disadvantaged some students. Students entering Grade 9 next year will take the new Grade 9 math course instead of Academic or Applied mathematics.

Grade 9 students are already timetabled into open level classes in Grade 9 including art, technology, and physical and health education. The Grade 9 math course is a continuation of learning from Grade 8, and will allow students to transition into high school before making a decision about their preferred pathway (apprenticeship, college, workplace or university) for the future.

Course Description: This new Grade 9 math course enables students to consolidate, and continue to develop, an understanding of mathematical concepts related to number sense and operations, algebra, measurement, geometry, data, probability, and financial literacy. Students will use mathematical processes, mathematical modelling, and coding to make sense of the mathematics they are learning and to apply their understanding to culturally responsive and relevant real-world situations. Students will continue to enhance their mathematical reasoning skills, including proportional reasoning, spatial reasoning, and algebraic reasoning, as they solve problems and communicate their thinking.

The new Grade 9 Mathematics course (MTH1W) replaces Principles of Mathematics, Grade 9, Academic (MPM1D) and Foundations of Mathematics, Grade 9, Applied (MFM1P). The Locally Developed Compulsory Credit (LDCC) course remains unchanged at this time. We will continue to offer this course for the next school year or until we hear otherwise from the Ministry of Education, and dependent on sufficient enrollment. The new Mathematics, Grade 9 course (MTH1W), will fulfill the prerequisite requirements needed to take Grade 10 Academic and Applied Mathematics.

More information can be found in the Ministry of Education Parent Guide to Grade 9 Mathematics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will students be ready for Grade 12 courses?
The new Grade 9 math course is a prerequisite for grade 10, and should provide a solid base for success in future math courses.  

What does EQAO look like? 
Students will all write the Grade 9 math assessment. 

Will my student be prepared for Grade 10?
Yes, the MTH1W course is a prerequisite for both Grade 10 Academic and Grade 10 Applied Mathematics. 

What do we need for this course? Math toolkit?
The de-streamed math course will not require students to have any additional tools then previous years. Students will use typical classroom tools such as pencils, pens, eraser, calculator, ruler.

What will class size look like?
The Grade 9 math class will have the same class size as other open level classes.  

What does Grade 10 look like based on student marks in Grade 9? 
There is no mark minimum for Grade 10 math courses. Students should be choosing Grade 10 pathways that align with their future goals, and allow for as many options as possible.  

Will enrichment programs still have enriched math?
During 2021-2022, these programs will remain. Decisions have not been made regarding future years. 

Will my student still have their accommodations?
Yes.  Accommodations within Individual Education Plans remain in place. 

Will there be additional supports for my child? Educational Assistants? Extra support?
LDSB has a shared model of learning program support which remains in place for 2021-2022. Students should speak to their teacher about options for additional support. 

Will it be too challenging for my student? Will my student be bored?
Staff will use high yield teaching strategies to meet the needs of students in their classes - to fill gaps where needed, and to challenge all students.

The Limestone District School Board is situated on traditional territories of the Anishinaabe & Haudenosaunee.