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Do Homeschoolers Really Need Algebra and Geometry to Graduate?

September 30, 2014

Dear Lee,
I am worried about math for my 10th grade son. He has struggled in math for years.  Due to some research about dyslexia in my younger son, I stumbled upon something called dyscalculia. I am wondering if my 10th grader has this and how it will affect his chances at getting into a college. My question is, do they really need algebra and geometry to graduate?
Thank you for your help,
~ Michelle in Oregon

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Do Homeschoolers Need Algebra and Geometry to Graduate?

It can be challenging to homeschool a child with a learning disability. You may find my blog post, High School With Learning Challenges helpful. You can get some math help with my article on How to Teach High School Math at Home and choosing a curriculum.

There are “perfect fit” colleges just for your child that don’t require a lot of math. I know there are colleges that “recommend” a certain level of math, but there is a college for every student. Graduation requirements also vary state by state. Be sure to look into what your state requires.

Teaching math is important, and teaching math at your child’s level is important. It can help to choose the curriculum carefully, which is why I included the article above. When teaching teenagers, their learning style and your teaching style often takes a back seat to their personal preferences – which can be quite strong.

My advice is to choose a curriculum carefully, and continue to help your child at his level without quitting math. Pursue some extra help for dyscalculia. Here is a dyscalculia website for you to get started. Then move forward boldly, because there will be a college that’s right for your child, even if he doesn’t have algebra and geometry.

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Please note: This post was originally published in August 2009 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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3 Comments »

  1. Jean Lynd says:

    While I won’t say that all colleges require those levels of math, as a homeschooling mom who is trying to get a kid into college this coming fall, I can tell you that all the schools we’re applying to certainly do require not only algebra I & geometry, but algebra II as well. I’d say for the *most* part, the answer is yes.

    April 3rd, 2012 at 3:51 pm

  2. Karleen Mauldin says:

    Here’s an idea for Michelle in Orgeon:

    Perhaps try to find a tutor who could tutor your son with the sole aim of passing the College Mathematics CLEP test. That perhaps would only take a few months — not years of Algebra and Geometry. Check out more information about CLEP testing at the College Board website: http://clep.collegeboard.org/exam

    August 23rd, 2012 at 1:51 pm

  3. Evelyn Krieger says:

    There are ways of teaching algebra and geometry in a very basic way. It is not uncommon for good schools to offer 3 levels of each of these subjects. The key is finding the right curriculum as well as a tutor to support him. A tutor who has experiences with learning disabilities, particularly math, can make a world of difference. I have had great success in teaching math to students who thought they could not learn it. Another reason for trying is to keep options open regarding colleges and careers. Good luck!

    June 21st, 2013 at 10:24 am

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