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Algebra II

Topics covered in this full-year Algebra II course include linear functions, systems of linear equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and complex numbers, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational algebraic functions, irrational algebraic functions, quadratic relations and systems including circles, ellipses, hyperbolas, and parabolas.

In this course, students will also learn how to use a graphing calculator, up to the level of Algebra II, so that they are prepared to take chemistry, physics and higher-level mathematics courses that require students to be competent with a graphing calculator.

This Algebra II course is a rigorous study of Algebra that bridges students from Algebra I to Pre-Calculus. This class will prepare students for further levels of mathematics as well as science courses that require Algebra II. Students interested in AP exams will gain a solid foundation of mathematical understanding that will support further studies that could lead to AP Calculus, the AP exams, and university level math courses.

Parents and students can expect an assignment every week, a test for every chapter, a midterm and a final exam as well as calculator labs, and quizzes and projects that will develop logic and reasoning skills. Students will need the support of a parent or other adult in learning how to manage deadlines, organize work, and produce quality homework.


Before registering, math students new to Excelsior Classes math classes should take the Algebra II readiness assessment; instructions may be found here. While this course is typically done in the 9th grade (mature) or above, ability to do the work is more important than age or grade. The goal of this assessment is to ensure students are well placed in Algebra II. When doing the assessment, students should show all of their work. When completed, the student and parent should email the student’s work and answers to the teacher. The goal of this assessment is to ensure proper placement of students so that they are set up for success. The questions asked are a good indication of whether students are adequately prepared for Algebra II. Please complete this step prior to registering and paying the deposit as deposits are non-refundable although they are transferable to other math classes or other subject area courses. The teacher can answer questions and provide guidance.

As in all Excelsior Classes courses, math class instruction is tied to the curated syllabus, and the teacher will teach to the syllabus and not to a particular skill set of a student. In other words, the teacher cannot sacrifice content and expectations overall for an individual student as we need to stay in alignment with educational goals, class participant expectations, and NCAA approval of our courses. Students who have not met the prerequisites may find themselves falling behind and in a discouraging situation. In these circumstances, the teacher may recommend outside tutoring to help the student achieve success. Please know our goal is to set up your student for math success.

This class meets twice a week. Each meeting is 90 minutes. This class is NCAA approved. Regular, live attendance is strongly advised and recommended for NCAA athletes.

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Algebra and Trigonometry, Classics Edition. Functions and Application, by Paul A. Foerster, ISBN-10: 0131657100

Algebra and Trigonometry. Functions and Applications. Solutions Manual, by Paul A. Foerster, ISBN-10: 0201252864

Each student will require a graphing calculator. I will support the Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus CE Standard Edition, and the Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus. Exercises will be based on these calculators. This calculator will support studies up to and including all AP levels of science and math.

Before you purchase your calculator, please contact me. I am also considering providing labs for the TI-Nspire CXII. Students who think that they may go into engineering, or major in university mathematics, or science may find this a good investment.

(Standardized testing organizations have approved the TI-84 Plus, TI-84 Plus CE and the TI-Nspire CX II  for use on the PSAT®, SAT®, and ACT® college entrance exams, IB® Diploma Programme and AP® tests. For more details, please refer to

Judy Frank is passionate about mathematics. Judy has a Bachelor of Science in Theoretical Mathematics and Actuarial Science from the University of Calgary. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master’s Certificate in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, both from Carleton University, and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Alberta. Judy is currently working part-time towards a Master’s of Education in Teaching and Learning.

Judy has 20 years of experience teaching a variety of levels of students including privately tutoring students in all levels in topics of mathematics from pre-algebra to calculus. During her extensive experience helping students learn math, Judy has learned that math is something that everyone can learn.

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