Alberta Education offers high school students a number of streaming choices. Students should select the appropriate stream based on post-secondary plans and their willingness to be challenged academically.
Coming out of grade 9, the most independent, mature, and motivated students who were successful in grade 9 consider Math 10C as their primary course. Students should find Math 10C a challenge as the "jump" from grade 9 to 10 can be large - due largely in part to a quicker pace and a more intense workload.
Students who may have struggled in grade 9 or who plan on going into the workforce after grade 12 may consider Math 10-3 as their first high school math course.
So what course SHOULD I take?
For curious parents/students, ALIS is a government website which discusses the math requirements for post-secondary at a variety of universities, colleges, and technical schools.
People are often surprised that 30-2 math is can be used for entry into elementary education, nursing, etc. at some institutions (Find out more at http://alis.alberta.ca/ec/ep/aas/ta/mathreq.html)
Students should expect their decision of whether to pursue academic excellence in Math 10C to be guided, in part, by their willingness to practice and internal motivation.