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Pre-Algebra (Grade 8)


Deposit Due at Time of Registration:
$210.00 - includes Big Ideas Math user license - see below

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Pre-Algebra is a math class typically taken before Algebra I to prepare your student for success in Algebra I. It is normally taken in 8th grade.  

Pre Algebra is a math class typically taken before Algebra I to prepare your student for success in higher level math classes.  This 8th grade pre algebra course will cover topics such as multi-step equations, geometry basics, graphing and writing linear equations, systems of linear equations, data analysis, functions, exponents, scientific notation, and the Pythagorean Theorem. While students will learn the “step-by-step” methods of solving equations, they will also be given real world math problems and use reasoning & logic to make conjectures.  This is a rigorous course that will set your student up for success in Algebra I

All Excelsior math instructors will be utilizing Big Ideas Math curriculum written by Ron Larson, Ph.D. and Laurie Boswell, Ed.D. This material will prepare students for upper level and college math classes. Students will have access to a digital platform that has many tools to facilitate learning. The digital user license is included in your course deposit. The material Excelsior Classes math classes will use is not common core aligned.

Parents and students can expect weekly homework assignments, weekly quizzes, chapter tests, and cumulative fall and spring semester tests.  There will also be two or three math projects that allow students to use their creativity to show mastery of a concept.

Please see this video for more about Excelsior Classes math courses and why you should choose us for your math education.

This class meets twice per week. Each meeting is 60 minutes. Regular, live attendance is strongly advised. Recordings are available if a class is missed or there is a conflict with another course. Students should watch the recording as soon as possible.




Before registering, math students new to Excelsior Classes math courses and wanting to enroll must take a placement exam.


These students should take the Pre-Algebra Readiness Assessment.  While this course is typically completed in the 7th or 8th grade, ability to do the work is more important than age or grade. The purpose of this assessment is to ensure students are well placed in Pre-Algebra. Scan the completed assessment, including all scratch work and send to susanspraker@excelsiorclasses.com. The assessment will be graded and Mrs. Spraker will make the appropriate recommendations for placement in the Excelsior mathematics program.


Special Note 1: If you register for the course prior to receiving teacher feedback and decide to withdraw from the course, the deposit remains non-refundable. The deposit is transferable to another math course or another course for the current school year. 


Special Note 2: 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.

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Included in registration is the ebook for the text below. Excelsior Classes distributes the licenses for digital access.

Big Ideas Math – Modeling Real Life Grade 8 – Larson & Boswell – Samples may be viewed here and here.

A physical textbook is available but not required. It may be acquired on the second hand market. Please contact your teacher for more specifics on ISBN number.

Susan Spraker believes that each person has unlimited capacity to learn in their own unique way. It is her passion to lead students toward their own learning style in order for each to grow, to find their calling, and to excel. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with certification in K-8th grade. She has experience in various private and public elementary school environments. For the past eight years, her main role has been homeschool teacher for her children.

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3 reviews for Pre-Algebra (Grade 8) (5.00/5 stars)

  1. Chrisanta G.

    Excellent class, excellent communication. Took the pre-test and emailed instructor prior to registration to feel confident in the choice for our daughter. While we were told she could take it, she may struggle at times, she did excellent to the point of testing into the advanced high school class. Very thrilled with the progress daughter made in Pre-Algebra!

  2. Tricia B.

    Mrs. Spraker goes above and beyond to make sure students understand the concepts being taught. She is available for questions for both students and parents.

  3. M.C.

    Mrs Spraker was an amazing teacher. Our daughter completed her course and left feeling competent in the concepts of Pre-Algebra and ready for Algebra 1. Mrs Spraker was diligent in communication and made sure her students knew what was expected of them.

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