Graphing calculators are necessary for the student to demonstrate mastery of the mathematics curriculum, beginning with Algebra 1. A graphing calculator is not needed before Algebra 1.
Students are encouraged to buy their own graphing calculators to use during Algebra 1 and subsequent mathematics courses.
If a student does not purchase a graphing calculator, the school will loan one for the school year.
Schools may require a deposit on graphing calculators they loan to students for the school year. The deposit may be up to 50 per cent of the cost of the graphing calculator. The deposit will be returned to the student at the end of the school year as long as the calculator is returned in proper working condition.
Students who borrow a graphing calculator will be given a financial obligation if the calculator is lost or damaged. The obligation will be for the amount not covered by the deposit.
Schools will loan graphing calculators in working order. Students borrowing graphing calculators may be asked to provide batteries needed to keep them in working order throughout the school year.