Pre-Algebra A*

Why This Class

As your student begins high school, you want them to feel fully prepared. If so far their main educational focus has been on other subjects—and if math is a source of frustration, blank stares, or even tears for them—your student may benefit from this foundational class before jumping into high school math. (If not, they are welcome to move on to other courses.)

With the guidance of a mentor, students in this course polish their elementary math skills, master next-step operations, and expand their math horizons with foundational algebra. They also explore exponents, equations, graphs, the Pythagorean theorem, and irrational numbers. Along the way, mentors help students work through math anxiety and fixed mindsets (e.g. “I’m not good at math”).

By the end of this course, students see that math makes sense. They understand how numbers fit together to explain and solve mathematical problems. Most importantly, they feel more confident in their math abilities and ready to learn more.

Overarching Questions

How can I multiply or divide powers?

How can I solve equations for one variable solution?

How is a proportional relationship seen in a graph?

How do I solve a system of equations?

How can I use the Pythagorean Theorem?

Readings for Live Course

Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics by Stanley F. Schmidt, Ph.D.

Course Details

Recommended Grade: 9th (Freshman)

Prerequisites: None

Estimated Weekly Hours: 5

Format: Live, self-paced, independent

Credits: 0.5

*Please note that this course does not count towards our High School Graduation Requirements [add link]. Students who complete this course and are seeking to graduate can apply this course toward required Elective credits.