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Pre-Algebra

Pre-Algebra is a math class typically taken before Algebra I to prepare your student for success in higher level math classes.  This 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 the Middle School & High School 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 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.  

Before registering, math students new to Excelsior Classes math classes 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. If you have any questions about the results of the readiness assessment, please contact the instructor. Please know our goal is to set up your student for math success.

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.

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

NOTE: 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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Purchase instructions will be provided in June.

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

Ebook – required ($22.50) – Link for purchase will be sent out in June
Printed book – optional ($86) – Link for purchase will be sent out in June

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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