MATH CLASSES
Math for the Middle Grades
CLASS TITLE:

Math for the Middle Grades

CLASS 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 (prealgebra).
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:

One Full Year or One Semester – Fall/Spring

GRADE LEVEL:

59

TUITION:

$175/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
 3ring binder
 Paper
 Pencils
 Ruler

SUPPLIES:

Students MUST have a Texas Instruments TI30XA calculator. Widely available for $1215, this calculator is the one used in all of Mrs. Sands’ WEST math classes.

PREREQUISITE:

None

HOMEWORK:

Students can expect approximately 3045 minutes of homework per day, depending on pace of student. Parents will spend 510 minutes on scoring each day.

REQUIRED:

None

Saxon Algebra 1/2
Description:
A full prealgebra 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
Length: Full year
Grade Level: 7th9th grade and at least 14 years old by the first day of class
Tuition: $175 per semester
Text: Saxon Algebra ½ Home Study Kit, third edition
Required Materials:
 3ring 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
 Compass and Protractor
 Texas Instruments®TI30Xa Scientific Calculator
Prerequisite: Student must be 14 years old by the first day of class and pass Saxon placement test for Algebra ½.
Homework: Homework will vary, but will be 3060 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: 812 and at least 14 years old by the first day of class
Tuition: $175 per semester
Text: Saxon Algebra 1 Home Study Kit, third edition.
Required Materials:
 3ring binder (1 to 1 1/2”)
 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® TI30Xa Scientific Calculator
Prerequisite: Pass Saxon placement test for Algebra I – OR– successful completion of Saxon Algebra 1/2
Homework: 3060 minutes per day
Saxon Algebra II
Description:
Traditional secondyear algebra topics, as well as a full semester of informal geometry, are included with both realworld, 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
Length of class: full year
Grade level: 912 (for greatest success, I recommend that students be at least 15 years old by the first day of class)
Tuition: $175 per semester
Text: Saxon Algebra 2 Home Study Kit, third edition.
Required Materials:
 3ring binder (1 to 1 1/2”)
 filler paper
 quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
 set of five tabbed dividers
 pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga)
 correction pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
 ruler – 6 to 12 inches (Second semester: protractor and compass)
 Texas Instruments® TI30Xa Scientific Calculator
Prerequisite: Pass Saxon placement test for Algebra 2 – OR– successful completion of Saxon Algebra 1
Homework: 3060 minutes per day
Saxon Geometry
Description:
Traditional geometry, including construction, triangle congruence, postulates and theorems, surface area and volume, twocolumn 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
Required Materials:
 3ring 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® TI30Xa Scientific Calculator
Text: Saxon Geometry Homeschool Kit
Prerequisite: Student must be at least 15 years old by the first day of class and have completed at least Saxon Algebra 1 or equivalent. Recommended after Algebra 2 or instead of Algebra 2.
Homework: Homework will vary, but will be 45 to 75 minutes per day, four or five days a week.