MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Math

Prep for Pre-Algebra

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 an excellent foundation course before algebra is started in earnest.  This is designed to be an excellent review for students who have seen the concepts but need a firmer understanding and foundation of all the operations as well as an accelerated course for a student who is switching curriculum and have had an introduction to fractions and decimals but not a complete mastery program.

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 45 min per day, 2-3  hours per week.  Parents will need to monitor the lesson quiz each week. Unit test and Final Exams will be given in class.

Prerequisites: Placement test must be taken  by new students to our program

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Pre-Algebra

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 being taught conventionally. Geometry concepts include surface area, volume, and the Pythagorean theorem.

Prerequisites:

  • Completion of all operations with Fractions, Decimals and Percents

  • Placement test must be taken  by new students to our program

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Algebra I

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

Students will be expected to complete homework outside of class, as well as take a supervised quiz weekly. Average homework time commitment is about 3-4 hours per week.  Parents will need to monitor the lesson quiz each week. Unit test and Final Exams will be given in class.

Prerequisites:

  • Pre-Algebra

  • Placement test must be taken by new students to our program

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Geometry

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.

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 3-4 hours per week.  Parents will need to monitor the lesson quiz each week. Unit test and Final Exams will be given in class.

Prerequisites:

  • Algebra 1

  • Placement test must be taken by new students to our program

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Algebra 2

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, and other kinds of application problems. Graphing includes extensive practice with conic sections and solving systems of equations visually and algebraically. Vectors are also introduced.

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 3-4 hours per week.  Parents will need to monitor the lesson quiz each week. Unit test and Final Exams will be given in class.

Prerequisites:

  • Algebra 1

  • Geometry

  • Placement test must be taken by new students to our program

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Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus (College Algebra Clep Option)

Pre Calculus/Trig combines classic trigonometry with the advanced algebra needed for calculus and other courses. Topics include trig ratios, trigonometric identities, laws of trigonometry, radian measure, polar equations, functions and their graphs, sequences and series, and limits.  

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.

Prerequisites:

  • Algebra 2

  • Placement test must be taken by new students to our program

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Calculus (Ap Option)

Calculus begins with a review of graphing, functions, limits, and basic trigonometry. The course introduces derivatives and integrals, along with various techniques and rules for using them. A wide variety of application problems involving science, business, and other topics are included. Major topics include limits and continuity, derivatives and derivative rules, using Implicit differentiation.  Applying L’Hopital’s Rule, working with definite and indefinite integrals, working with exponential and logarithmic functions and their derivatives. Students will also learn to apply the Chain rule and the Mean Value Theorem, optimization with calculus, understanding antiderivatives, working with integration formulas, solving differential equations and applying calculus to physics and economics.

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.

Prerequisites:

  • Pre Cal

  • Placement test must be taken by new students to our program

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Personal Finance in Everyday Life (1 semester)

This one semester class will utilize Financial Math books 1 & 2 as well as some resources from Dave Ramsey and others. We will also complete a class simulation on personal finance called Managing Financial Activities in Everyday Life. The simulation includes such activities as finding a job as a fictitious character and choosing a health care plan, mortgaging a home, and planning a retirement. Intended to be a high school level course for one semester credit (1/2 credit). Specific topics include:

  • Bank Accounts
  • Borrowing Money
  • Paying for a Home
  • Investing
  • Taxes
  • Maintaining a Vehicle
  • Wages and Earning
  • Insurance
  • And more

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