IB Mathematics is a core part of the IB curriculum, and our students are well supported and challenged at all the different levels of study available to them.
Whether you choose to study at Standard Level, or Higher Level, our teachers will ensure you are provided with all the appropriate opportunities to develop your understanding and competence and you will be shown how mathematics may be relevant to your wider studies and daily life.
The standard level course syllabus focuses on important mathematical topics that are interconnected. The syllabus is organized and structured with the following principles in mind: placing more emphasis on student understanding of fundamental concepts than on symbolic manipulation and complex manipulative skills; giving greater emphasis to developing students’ mathematical reasoning rather than performing routine operations; solving mathematical problems embedded in a wide range of contexts; using the calculator effectively. Each student completes a project, based on their own research; this is guided and supervised by the teacher. The project provides an opportunity for students to carry out a mathematical study of their choice using their own experience, knowledge and skills acquired during the course. This process allows students to take sole responsibility for a part of their studies in mathematics. Students most likely to select this course are those whose main interests lie outside the field of mathematics, and for many students, this course will be their final experience of being taught formal mathematics.
The Higher level course is demanding and requires students to study a broad range of mathematical topics through a number of different approaches and to varying degrees of depth. It focuses on developing important mathematical concepts in a comprehensible, coherent and rigorous way. This is achieved by means of a carefully balanced approach. Students are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve problems set in a variety of meaningful contexts. Students embarking on this course should expect to develop insight into mathematical form and structure, and should be intellectually equipped to appreciate the links between concepts in different topic areas. They should also be encouraged to develop the skills needed to continue their mathematical growth in other learning environments.
Careers with good mathematics skills and qualifications are not only well paid, but they are also often interesting and rewarding, and we are proud to have alumnae of our maths classes excelling at top universities each year.