Saxon Algebra 1/2, 6-8, 12:00
New students must score an 80 or above on the same midterm given to current students.
Saxon Algebra ½, 3rd ed., ISBN 1565771494 and Solutions Manual (for parent use)
$5 workbook purchased from the instructor once classes have begun (for new students only)
This year-long class covers traditional pre-algebra material (with integrated geometry) preparing the student for Algebra 1. The student should be competent in division of fractions and decimals, GCF, LCM, percentages, and reducing and simplifying fractions. No calculators are allowed in this class.
Class time will be spent on the presentation of new material (approximately four to six lessons per week) and answering homework questions as time permits. Homework will be collected, graded by the instructor, and returned the following class period. Most quizzes and tests will be sent home with the expectation of following the honor code given to the students once classes have begun. Although not a high school credit course, this course is taught at an honors level. Please be sure your student is ready for the rigors of an honors course (e.g. heavy on theory, the use of outside resources and assignments provided by the instructor, weekly testing, a brisk pace, and a seven-point grading scale). Parents are not required to know the subject matter, but must facilitate the learning of the subject during the week such as checking that assignments are completed, securing tutoring help if needed so that the student does not fall behind, checking graded work when returned to the student each week, signing progress reports (three per semester), etc.