Math Course Descriptions

 

Prep for Pre-Algebra

Teacher - TBD

Prep for Pre-Algebra is designed as a course to fully prepare students for Pre-Algebra, The course covers all operations with fractions, decimals and percents. Geometry is introduced as well as proportions, mean, mode and median.  Review and mastery of all math facts will be emphasized. This course covers Math-U-See books Epsilon and Zeta at an accelerated rate (1 book per semester). This excellent foundational course, intended to proceed pre-algebra, is designed as an excellent review for students who have seen the decimals, percents and fractions before, but need a firmer understanding and and more thorough grasp of all the operations. Many times this is a great catch-up course for students who are switching curriculum or those who struggled to completely master the concepts needed for success in pre-algebra.

Students will be expected to complete homework daily outside of class, as well as take a supervised quiz weekly.  Average homework time commitment is about 1 hour per day (T,W,F), 3-3.5 hours per week. Parents will need to monitor the quiz each week. Unit test and Final Exams will be given in class.

Prerequisites

  • Placement testing required


Pre-Algebra

Teacher - TBD

Pre-Algebra integrates coursework, lecture and manipulatives to teach all basic Pre-Algebra concepts. These include negative numbers, exponents, factoring, and ratios. The student is taught basic rules of solving equations using the associative, commutative and other properties. Simple operations with polynomials are demonstrated with place- value blocks for conceptual understanding before conventional teaching. Geometry concepts include surface area, volume, and the Pythagorean theorem

Topics Include:

  • Operations and negative numbers

  • Expanded and exponential notation

  • Roots and radicals

  • Solving for an unknown

  • Associative/commutative properties

  • Distributive property

  • Order of operations

  • Additive and multiplicative inverse

  • Surface area of solids

  • Celsius to Fahrenheit

  • Absolute value

  • Ratio and proportion

  • Similar polygons

  • Least common multiple

  • Greatest common factor

  • Operations with polynomials

  • Volume of cylinders, cones, pyramids

  • Irrational numbers

Prerequisite

  • Completion of all operations with Fractions, Decimals and Percents

  • Placement test required




Algebra I

Teacher - TBD

Algebra 1 integrates basic algebra concepts including, basic properties, solving equations (including simultaneous equations), coin problems, exponents and square roots, scientific notation, unit multipliers, and metric conversions. Operations with polynomials are demonstrated with place-value blocks for conceptual understanding before being taught conventionally. Graphing lines is taught in detail while graphing conic sections is introduced. Student gain a solid foundation and mastery of Algebra.

Prerequisite

  • Pre Algebra

  • Placement test required


Geometry

Teacher - TBD

Geometry has three main areas of emphasis. They are: the vocabulary of geometry, practical applications of geometry, and traditional geometry- including proofs. Topics include lines, angles, area, perimeter, volume, Pythagorean theorem; axioms and postulates; congruence and similarity. An introduction to trigonometric functions is included to prepare students for testing they may do before taking a trigonometry course.

Prerequisite

  • Algebra 1

  • Placement test must be taken

Homework

Students will be expected to complete homework daily outside of class, as well as take a supervised quiz weekly.  Average homework time commitment is about 3.5-4 hours per week. Parents will need to monitor the lesson quiz each week. Unit test and Final Exams will be given in class.


Algebra 2

Teacher - TBD

Algebra 2 is a more rigorous algebra course that builds on the previous two courses. Besides review and expansion of topics taught in Algebra 1, the course covers advanced factoring, imaginary and complex numbers, conjugate numbers, the binomial theorem, the quadratic formula, motion problems, as well as other kinds of application problems. Vectors are introduced. In addition graphing includes extensive practice with conic sections and solving systems of equations both visually and algebraically. This is a strong Algebra 2 course for upper level high school students.

Prerequisites

  • Algebra 1

  • Geometry

  • Placement test required

Homework

Students will be expected to complete homework daily outside of class, as well as take a supervised quiz weekly.  Average homework time commitment is about 4-5 hours per week. Parents will need to monitor the lesson quiz each week. Unit test and Final Exams will be given in class.