Math Classes

Math for the Middle Grades

Description:  

Fun and challenging classroom activities and worksheet based homework are combined to prepare fifth through eighth grade students for algebra, to use math in real life, and to succeed in high school math courses.

Topics in this course include basic math facts, fractions, decimals, percents, geometry, and algebraic thinking (pre-algebra).

Students who complete this class in 7th or 8th grade should be ready for Algebra ½. Math for the Middle Grades may be taken more than once as curriculum is on a three year rotation.

This course is an excellent choice for students who need a little more help in math before entering algebra, or who need a little more time before they are ready for algebra.

Tutor:  Jan Sands

Class Length:  Full Year

Grade Level:  5th-9th

Tuition:  $175 per semester

Class Size:  Minimum of 5; Maximum of 20

Textbook Requirements:  

Worktext and all materials are provided EXCEPT a calculator.
Instructor will provide:

  • Curriculum and score key
  • 3-ring binder
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Ruler

Supplies:  Students MUST have a Texas Instruments TI-30XA calculator.  Widely available for $12-15, this calculator is the one used in all of Mrs. Sands’ WEST math classes.

Prerequisite:  None

Homework:  Students can expect approximately 30-45 minutes of homework per day, depending on pace of student. Parents will spend 5-10 minutes on scoring each day.

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Saxon Algebra 1/2

Description:

A full pre-algebra course and an introduction to geometry. Topics covered include prime and composite numbers; fractions and decimals; order of operations, coordinates, exponents, square roots, ratios, algebraic phrases, probability, the Pythagorean Theorem and more.

Tutor:  Jan Sands

Class Length: Full Year

Grade Level: 7th-10th grade

Tuition: $175 per semester

Class Size:  Minimum of 5; Maximum of 20

Textbook Requirements:  Provided by student:  Saxon Algebra ½, THIRD EDITION, textbook only

Supplies:  to be provided by student:

  • 3-ring binder (1 to 1 ½”)
  • Filler paper
  • Quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
  • Set of five tabbed dividers
  • Pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga) with erasers
  • Correction pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
  • Ruler – 6 to 12 inches

Texas Instruments®TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator

PrerequisiteStudent should be 14 years old by the first day of class and pass Saxon placement test for Algebra ½.  Please contact tutor through WEST with any placement questions.

Homework: Homework will vary, but will be 30-60 minutes per day, four or five days per week.


Saxon Algebra I

Description:

Covers topics including signed numbers, exponents, and roots; absolute value; equations and inequalities; scientific notations; unit conversions; polynomials; graphs; factoring; quadratic equations; direct and inverse variations; exponential growth; statistics; and probability.

Tutor: Jan Sands

Class Length: Full year

Grade level:  Grades 8-12

Class Size:  Minimum of 5; Maximum of 20

Tuition: $175 per semester

Textbook Requirements:   Provided by student:  Saxon Algebra 1, THIRD EDITION, textbook only

Supplies:  Required Materials to be provided by student:

  • 3-ring binder (1 to 1 ½”)
  • Filler paper
  • Quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
  • Set of five tabbed dividers
  • Pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga) with erasers
  • Correction pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
  • Ruler – 6 to 12 inches

Texas Instruments®TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator

Prerequisite: Student should be 14 years old by the first day of class and pass Saxon placement test for Algebra 1.  Please contact tutor through WEST with any placement questions.

Homework

Homework will vary, but will be 45-75 minutes per day, four or five days per week.


Saxon Algebra II

Description:

Traditional second-year algebra topics, as well as a full semester of informal geometry, are included with both real-world, abstract and interdisciplinary applications. Topics include geometric functions like angles, perimeters, and proportional segments; negative exponents; quadratic equations; metric conversions; logarithms; and advanced factoring.

Tutor: Jan Sands

Class Length: full year

Grade Level:  Grades 9-12

Tuition: $175 per semester

Class Size:  Minimum of 5;  Maximum of 20

Textbook RequirementsProvided by student:  Saxon Algebra 2, THIRD EDITION, textbook only

Supplies:  Required Materials to be provided by student:

  • 3-ring binder (1 to 1 ½”)
  • Filler paper
  • Quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
  • Set of five tabbed dividers
  • Pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga) with erasers
  • Correction pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
  • Ruler – 6 to 12 inches

Texas Instruments®TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator

Prerequisite:  Student should be 15 years old by the first day of class.  Students should also have successfully completed Algebra 1 or passed Saxon placement test for Algebra 2.  Please contact tutor through WEST with any placement questions.

HomeworkHomework will vary, but will be 60-90 minutes per day, four or five days per week.


Saxon Geometry

Description:

Traditional geometry, including construction, triangle congruence, postulates and theorems, surface area and volume, two-column proofs, vector addition, equations of lines, trigonometry, and plenty of algebra

Tutor: Jan Sands

Class Length: Full year

Grade level: 9th – 12th grade

Tuition: $175 per semester

Class Size:  Minimum of 5;  Maximum of 20

Textbook Requirements:   Provided by student:  Saxon Geometry, Homeschool Kit

Supplies:   Required Materials to be provided by student:

  • 3-ring binder (1 ½ – 2”)
  • Filler paper
  • Quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
  • Set of five tabbed dividers
  • Pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga) with erasers
  • Correction pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
  • Ruler – 6 to 12 inches
  • Compass and protractor

Texas Instruments® TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator

Prerequisite:   Student should be 15 years old by the first day of class.  Students should also have successfully completed Algebra 2 or passed Saxon placement test for Geometry.  Please contact tutor through WEST with any placement questions.

Homework: Homework will vary, but will be 60-90 minutes per day, four or five days per week.