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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
ALGEBRA SKILLS DEVELOPMENT ★
Entering Grades 6 and 7 – This course focuses on the expressions and equations domain of the Common Core State Standards for sixth and seventh grades, with some limited exposure to eighth-grade algebra concepts as well. The course will identify pre-algebraic and algebraic concepts from integrated frameworks for a focused study. Students will use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions and solve problems
by using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations. Students will apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients, in addition to using variables to represent quantities in real-world
and mathematical problems. The class will also cover performing arithmetic operations with variables, including those involving whole-number exponents,
in the conventional order. Students will learn about graphing and proportional relationships.
INTRODUCTION TO HIGH SCHOOL ALGEBRA 1 ★ Entering Grades 8 and 9 (Recommended prerequisite: Students should be enrolled in Algebra 1 for the 2019- 20 school year) – This class will introduce students
to major themes and concepts in first-year algebra. Students will engage in hands-on applications and problem-solving exercises designed to promote conceptual understanding and enhance logical thinking skills. Topics covered will include properties in algebra, polynomials, solving and applying equations, factoring, the quadratic formula, solving and graphing linear
and variable equations, radical expressions and other subjects as time permits.
INTRODUCTION TO HIGH SCHOOL ALGEBRA 2 – FOUNDATIONS FOR FUNCTIONS ★
Entering Grades 8 and 9 (Recommended prerequisites: Students should have completed Algebra 1 and Geometry, and be enrolled in Algebra 2 for the 2019-20 school year) – This course emphasizes critical thinking, understanding of real-world applications and the use
of advanced problem-solving techniques. Students will gain an understanding of functions through a graphical approach to contextualizing relations, including linear, quadratic, absolute value, exponentials and polynomial rational expressions. Students also will learn how to define every relation as a transformation and translation of a parent function. Students should bring a pencil, eraser, small ruler, graph paper and TI-84 calculator (or equivalent) daily.
INTRODUCTION TO HIGH SCHOOL
GEOMETRY AND SPATIAL SENSE ★
Entering Grades 8 and 9 (Recommended prerequisite: Students should be enrolled in Geometry for the 2019-20 school year) – This course will introduce students to Euclidean geometry and assist them in understanding two- and three-dimensional space. Students will develop important basic geometry skills and explore various proofs through logical deduction. The course will include hands-on explorations of geometric transformations, similar and congruent polygons, area and volume of solids, 2D and 3D polygons and polyhedra as well as the Pythagorean theorem.
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