Get ready to learn some amazing math in an amazing way!
This Calculus course is an engaging, interactive, and student-friendly course that suits all learning styles, with auditory, visual, and hands-on components throughout. Each lesson involves interactive videos that allow students to go at their own speed, with the ability to pause and rewind at any point. Many lessons include fun, interactive applets and dynamic graphs that enhance student understanding.
Each video is accompanied by a student-friendly note package that allows students to take notes to whatever level of detail they like. There are also tons of practice questions with full, detailed solutions for each, which means students will never get stuck and can learn how to solve even the most difficult calculus problems.
As the video narrator describes at one point, “This Calculus course will take you into the very mind of God,” and “will leave you amazed by the very nature of God, who on one hand takes what is chaotic and makes order out of it … and on the other, takes a simple truth, and reveals that there’s much more going on here than meets the eye.” Students will also encounter famous and devout Christian scientists, mathematicians, and theologians who were integral in the development of The Calculus!
Assessments and Marks:
Marks are earned in a variety of ways with all assessments designed to be fair and entirely consistent with the lessons and practice. Students will know exactly what they can expect and have access to aids like chapter reviews and practice tests with detailed solutions. Furthermore, all quizzes and tests in this course may be rewritten.
This course consists of 7 chapters with typically 5 to 6 lessons per chapter. Each lesson is approximately 20-25 minutes of video teaching and students are then expected to attempt the practice questions.
Students are required to stream videos contained within the course content, download and print assignments, note packages, test worksheets and projects, scan (either by taking pictures or physically scanning) and upload their assignments within Moodle.
Feedback From Previous Students:
On the Video Lessons:
- "The video explanations are soooo good." – I. Moon
- "Your videos are awesome...I especially enjoyed the 'German Chocolate' part a lot. I would definitely recommend this to my friends." – Roland L.
- "I'd just like to write a quick email to thank you before heading off to sleep...THANK YOU SO MUCH for creating such good learning materials. Math is actually making so much sense to me!... I am getting something like 98 at the moment in the calculus I course." – Miranda. W. [a university student who took the course in Grade 12]
Why Is It Critical That Students Take Calculus In High School?
- Estimates for the failure / drop-out rate for first year calculus at university are historically between 35-50%. (According to one student, it was 75% for SFU in a recent year.)
- "Students with a high school calculus course continue to do much better than students who had not taken a high school calculus course. In fact, the gap between these groups of students has widened significantly." Quote from UBC. (In fact, their passing rate is way higher than the other group, and their grades are approximately 20% higher.)
- Students who take calculus in high school end up GREATLY boosting their GPA at university by taking calculus there again. And these days, anything that boosts your overall university GPA is so important because of the fierce competition.
- Possible reasons for the much higher marks / passing rate:
- The teacher support is way higher. At many universities, you may not even get time with your actual professor, and you are often simply a number.
- The pace at high school is much more manageable... and the online school can provide that even more if desired.
- Universities are often trying to weed out poorer students and make it very difficult to get 100%, so their tests can be tricky and not reflective of the assignments or even notes they gave in class. But in high school, the notes, assignments, quizzes and tests are all designed to be quite consistent and fair.
- Past students: Students who take calculus at high school so often come back and tell me how well they did at university and how glad they were that they took it in high school first.
Your child is...
An enrolled HCOS student
If your child is already an enrolled HCOS student, you can add a new online course in your parent Encom account. Here are the steps to do this:
- Sign into Encom: encom.onlineschool.ca
What if I don't remember my login info?
A username and password was emailed to you when you originally enrolled with HCOS. If you do not know your username and password, click on the Lost your password? link on the Encom login page.
- In Encom, click on the Course Selection button.
- This will show you all of the courses that are available. If you do not see a specific course that you were looking for, please contact your individual teacher (grades 5-9) or regional grad advisor (grades 10-12).
- Sign into Encom: encom.onlineschool.ca
A new student wishing to enroll with HCOS
To enroll your child with HCOS, go to onlineschool.ca/enrollment-options/enroll-or-register-now/. Read the information and requirements, then click the Proceed with DL Enrollment button, and complete the enrollment form.
Once you have completed this process, you will receive an email with your username and password for Encom. Then follow the steps for an enrolled HCOS student to add new courses.
Attending another school, but wishes to take an HCOS course
If you attend another school but wish to take just one, or a few courses with HCOS, please go to bconlineschool.ca for more information about how to cross-enroll. Click the Sign Up! button, near the top right corner, to get started: