Mathematics

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Math 7
Pre-requisite: Math 6
Credit: N/A
Course length: Year
Math 7 builds on prior knowledge to prepare students for high school. Saxon Math uses spiraling techniques to better prepare students for high stakes testing. Saxon is in line with our Arizona state standards and the standards that lead to success on upper level assessments such as the ACT/SAT. Students will be exposed to blended learning, which combines traditional teaching methods with computer based teaching. The 7th grade math course curriculum emphasizes the application of pre-algebraic concepts to prepare for advanced high school math courses

Honors Math 7
Pre-requisite: Math 6
Credit: N/A
Course length: Year
Criteria for placement in Grade 7 Math Honors– Teacher recommendation, overall grade and performance on summative assessments.

Math 7 builds on prior knowledge to prepare students for high school. The Saxon Math curriculum is a teaching method for incremental learning of mathematics. It involves teaching a new mathematical concept every day and constantly reviewing old concepts through a spiraling technique to better prepare students for high stakes testing. Saxon is in line with our Arizona state standards and the standards that lead to success on upper level assessments such as the ACT/SAT. Math 7 students will use blended learning, which combines traditional teaching methods with computer based teaching. The 7th grade math course curriculum emphasizes the application of pre-algebraic concepts to prepare for advanced high school math courses. 

Pre-Algebra
Pre-requisite: Math 6 and/or 7
Credit: N/A
Course length: Year
Pre-Algebra provides students with an introduction to the concepts of algebra and geometry, and at the same time solidifies their understanding of arithmetic concepts and procedures. Students will focus on reasoning, problem solving, communication, concept representation, and connections among mathematical ideas. This course provides students the opportunity to acquire the concepts and skills necessary for success in Algebra I or Algebra I Honors. The Saxon Math curriculum is a teaching method for incremental learning of mathematics. It involves teaching a new mathematical concept every day and constantly reviewing old concepts through a spiraling technique to better prepare students for high stakes testing. Saxon is in line with our Arizona state standards and the standards that lead to success on upper level assessments such as the ACT/SAT. Math 7 students will use blended learning, which combines traditional teaching methods with computer based teaching.

Algebra 1
Pre-requisite: Pre-Algebra
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
This course is recommended for 9th grade. 

Criteria for placement in Algebra 1 as a middle school student are based upon teacher recommendation, overall grade and performance on summative assessments.

This course extends students’ knowledge and understanding of the real number system and its properties through the study of variables, expressions, equations, and inequalities. Emphasis is placed on making connections in algebra to geometry and statistics. Topics include linear equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, relations, functions and polynomials. The Saxon Math curriculum is a teaching method for incremental learning of mathematics. It involves teaching a new mathematical concept every day and constantly reviewing old concepts through a spiraling technique to better prepare students for high stakes testing. Saxon is in line with our Arizona state standards and the standards that lead to success on upper level assessments such as the ACT/SAT.

Geometry
Pre-requisite: ALG 1
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Geometry includes an in-depth analysis of plane, solid, and coordinate geometry as they relate to both abstract mathematical concepts as well as real-world problem situations. Topics include logic and proof, parallel lines and polygons, perimeter and area analysis, volume and surface area analysis, similarity and congruence, trigonometry, and analytic geometry. 

Algebra 2
Pre-requisite: Geometry
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Algebra 2 provides a review and extension of the concepts taught in Algebra 1 and Geometry. This course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts. Topics to be covered will include equations and inequalities, coordinates and graphs, general functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic function, trigonometric functions of angles and of real numbers, analytic trigonometry, systems of equations and inequalities, sequences and series. Graphing calculator skills will be taught and used extensively in this course and will be used for assessment

Financial Literacy
Pre-requisite: ALG 2
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Financial Literacy provides a large review and extension of the concepts taught in Geometry and Algebra 2. This course is designed to build on algebraic and geometric concepts and how to apply them to the real world. Students will be covering the types of math needed for figuring pay, types of deductions, and payroll taxes. Students will be filling out applications and discovering the types of math needed for many different trades and professions. They will also be balancing statements, exploring different types of loans, simple and compound interest, and be able to calculate APR and daily interest rates. Students will learn skills to be informed consumers when buying, leasing, or renting a car and will plan a trip by setting a budget, figure the costs of all aspects of the trip and learn map skills. Students will learn how to complete and file a State and Federal Tax forms using W-2s and 1099s. We will also investigate the pros and cons of renting or buying a home and the responsibilities of a homeowner.

Pre-calculus
Pre-requisite: ALG 2
Credit: 1
Course length: Year
Pre-Calculus is a higher level high school math class that prepares students for Calculus, college, or any myriad standardized math tests, ie. AZMerit, SAT, ACT, and college placement exams.

Pre-Calculus is a one credit, two semester course which reviews concepts from Algebra I and Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Functions, and basic statistical and probability concepts.