How ‘the Art of Math’ is raising grades and eyebrows


In a province obsessed with improving the way it teaches math, a new program at a London, Ont. high school that bundles art and math together is not only raising grades, but eyebrows.

“The Art of Math” is a grade nine program at Oakridge Secondary School developed by the head of the school’s visual art department, Laura Briscoe, and math teacher and student achievement leader Jenni Van Kestren.

The two women believe its the first time in the history of the Ontario public school system that both subjects have been taught together, simultaneously.

“Basically what we’re trying to encourage is a deeper understanding of both disciplines and encourage students to realize that in the real world, nothing happens in isolation and how you can find different connections between different things, for example art and math,” Briscoe said.

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