**Pre-Algebra**

**Course Expectations for Pre-Algebra:**

Recommended for students in 7th-8th grade.

Saxon Algebra 1/2 or Pre-Algebra is a comprehensive course in beginning algebra and geometry. The lessons teach new concepts gradually and continually review those already covered, so the student retains the skills learned in previous lessons. Special emphasis is placed on clue words within the directions and word problems for students to identify in approaching and writing equations. Formulas are memorized since some formulas occur frequently when doing algebraic manipulations and working through mathematical applications. Students will find ways to use these algebraic formulas even when they are doing something other than algebra, such as planning a garden or a road trip. Required tests will be given weekly. Grades will be issued each semester based on class participation, homework, quizzes, and test scores.

**Minimum Expectations:**

• Parents will assume all responsibility for making sure homework assignments are done on time and turned in to the tutor when requested.

• Using the solutions manual, parents must help their child correct each assignment and sign the completed work before it is turned in at class time.

• Students will attend class regularly and participate in the discussion. Prior notice of all absences is required.

• Absence from class will be reflected in a student’s grade.

• All homework from missed classes must be turned in as soon as the student returns to class.

• Tests are not an optional part of the class. There will be a test every other week and a final exam at the end of each semester.

• Periodically, in-class enrichment activities are assigned. Participation in these assignments is not optional.

• In order for this class to have full credit value, it is highly recommended that parents provide additional related learning experiences outside of this class.

**Mathematics Enrichment Suggestions:**

Students will benefit from a DAILY review of the concepts being studied.

Struggling students should supplement the assigned work with additional problems.

ARCHES tutorial based classes are designed to supplement course work being done in home schools, thereby following the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church in proclaiming parents as the primary educators of their children.

Prerequisite: Completion of Saxon 8/7 or equivalent

**Books:**

- Saxon Algebra 1/2, 3rd Edition by John H. Saxon, Jr.

Published by: Saxon Publishers

ISBN: 1-56577-149-4 *Saxon Algebra 1/2 Solution Manual*, 3rd Edition by John H. Saxon, Jr.

Published by: Saxon Publishers

ISBN: 1-56577-131-1

**Fees**

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- $25.00 Administrative payable to: ARCHES
- $250.00 Tuition payable per semester to: Stefanie Gazich

**Tutor:**Stefanie Gazich