Junior Math Contest

The Calgary Junior High School Mathematics Contest is back for 2021 having missed 2020 because of the pandemic.  The exam will take place the morning of Wednesday April 28, 2021 in a classroom setting or remotely for your students who are learning by that mode.  Writing the contest will last for one and one half hours. Extra time will be allowed for students to scan or photograph and assemble a .pdf of their work for students writing remotely.

The contact teachers will be asked to print out copies of the examination for students writing in class and to scan the results and submit them for marking.  Teachers supervising remote writing will be asked to receive a .pdf of the student work and upload it to the system.

Details about how the competition will be offered and how it will be marked will be sent in a more detailed information sheet to teachers who register their students for the contest.

The exam is primarily for Grade 9 students; however, all junior high students attending schools in Calgary and surrounding districts are eligible. Please limit the number of participants to approximately 10% of the Grade 9 population in your school.

School and individual prizes will include trophies, medals, and a cash award to the students achieving in the Top 3.  Because of the pandemic a virtual Awards Ceremony is being planned for May 26, 2021.

Sponsors:         

  • Mathematics Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association
  • Calgary Board of Education
  • Calgary Catholic School District
  • Faculties of Science and Education, University of Calgary
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Calgary

Marking Session:

Volunteers are needed to help mark the examination after school hours on Wednesday, May 12, 2021.  Because of the pandemic, an in-person group marking session will be replaced by a collaborative session using ZOOM.  We request that each participating school provide at least one marker, and we recommend at least one marker volunteer  per 25 students writing the contest from a participating school.

Because of the special circumstances this year, we are waiving the flat fee of $6.00 per school and the $2.00 per student registration fee.  As a result there will be no charges for participation in the 2021 contest.

Please fill out the online Google Form by April 21, 2021   https://forms.gle/XFU9p5EhapzVVs7p6

If you have any questions, please contact Robert Woodrow at woodrow@ucalgary.ca


The junior math contest is a 90 minute mathematics contest that takes place every spring. While the exam is primarily for Grade 9 students, all junior high students attending schools in Calgary and surrounding districts are eligible. Participants write the exam in their own school.

Prizes are available for both schools and individuals and include trophies, medals and a cash award to the student achieving the highest mark. Top students and their teacher sponsors are invited to the awards banquet at the University of Calgary.

In March, junior high schools in the Calgary area receive contest registration information. Our registration material is not normally directed to elementary schools, but if any school feels they have one or more exceptional students who could benefit from our contest, we invite them to enter as well.

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