Pre-Algebra for Grades 7-8

Course Description: Pre-Algebra is a two-semester course that provides the foundation for students to continue mathematics at the algebraic level. Course content includes properties and operations of real numbers, graphs, number sets, measurements, factors and multiples, expressions, and equations. Students are also introduced to algebraic and geometric concepts as well as probability and statistics. By successfully completing this course,  students will be prepared to take Algebra 1.

Course Level: The AGVA Pre-Algebra course will cover the same content in the same amount of time as a traditional high school Pre-Algebra course. (See course syllabus.)

Student qualifications: Online learning requires a greater degree of student self-motivation and diligence to keep up with class assignments compared to a traditional classroom. It is up to each participating school to carefully pre-screen its students before allowing them to enroll in an online course.

Course enrollment: Any qualified 7-8th grade student is welcome to enroll in the course, as long as seats are available. Seats will be filled on a first-registered, first-enrolled policy. The course will have a minimum enrollment of 4 students and a maximum of 15 students.

Tuition & Fees: There is a $45 non-refundable registration fee due during registration. (Registration fee increases to $60 after Aug. 5.) The tuition for 7-8th-grade students is $260 per semester. This is a discount of $40 off the high school rate. (The tuition costs remain $300 per semester for all other students.)

Course registration: Follow the Registration Process directions available on the website.

Method of Instruction: The courses will be taught in an asynchronous online format, which means students and the instructor do not need to be logged into the course site simultaneously. Moodle will be used as the Learning Management System (LMS) to facilitate the course. Moodle is accessed through a website and does not require any installation on the user side. Students will receive a unique username and password to access the course site.

Students are expected to log in each day, Monday-Friday, at a time that is convenient for them. Schools must build time into the regular school day, just like a regular course, when all Pre-Algebra students from a particular school will work on the course simultaneously. Some students might need additional time at home to keep up with the rest of the class.

Time Commitment: The amount of time needed to be successful in the course can vary widely from one student to the next. A general expectation is 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week. Some days may take more or less time based on the assigned tasks.

Textbook: Saxon Math Course 3 Student Edition by Stephen Hake, ISBN # 1-5914-1884-4

Technology: Each student needs a computer with reliable high-speed internet access. Since the course utilizes audio/video files, a microphone and headphones are needed.

Course proctor: Each participating school must assign a course proctor for the student(s) at the school taking the course. The regular classroom teacher may serve as the proctor. The course proctor will:

High School credit: It is up to each high school to determine if a student taking a Pre-Algebra course in 7th or 8th grade will also receive high school credit. Some high schools have placement tests that students need to take to determine a student's knowledge. Check with your local high school for information on their policy.