The Secondary Mathematics programme at YCIS Shanghai is designed to prepare students for the IGCSE Mathematics and International Baccalaureate Mathematics exams.
The Key Stage 3 Programme (Years 7 to 9) develops skills in a spiral, each year repeating numeric, algebraic, geometric and trigonometric topics by extending and enriching the foundation set in the previous years. Statistics and probability are also introduced. Various projects are explored which give the students the opportunity to view how the mathematics they have learned in the classroom is applicable to the real world, bringing to light its significance to them. Often such activities extend from the topics of geometry and statistics by means of investigating tessellations and volume and by performing surveys that generate data for statistical analysis.
In Years 10 and 11, students build on the knowledge they have acquired in the previous stage to prepare for the IGCSE exams taken at the end of the two-year programme. Knowing that students will continue on to a more rigorous IB programme, students extend beyond the IGCSE curriculum with problem-solving that demand a more in-depth exploration of mathematics. The topics previously studied are those from Key Stage 3: numeracy, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and probability.
In Years 12 and 13, students choose from three IB Mathematics courses, each challenging the student at the appropriate level: Higher Level, Mathematical Methods, and Mathematical Studies. Each course, in addition to providing exposure to many advanced topics, requires students to explore projects and activities that require an advanced mathematics level, which will be evaluated by an international examiner. IB courses reflect the topics mentioned in the earlier stages with the inclusion of calculus for the Higher Level and Mathematical Methods courses.