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Homeschool Math – Is Pre-Algebra Required?

February 26, 2010

My daughter is entering high school next year and we pretty much have her year laid out and what she wants to take.  We sat down and did this together. But my question is this – she has never had Pre-Algebra.  Is it necessary to take that or can she just go into Algebra I and be okay.  I don’t remember taking Pre-Algebra in high school and am not quite sure what to do in this area.  Thank you for any guidance in this area.
~ Andra in Kentucky

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Hi Andra,
Choose your math curriculum first, and then try to find a placement test for her. Here is a link for a Saxon placement test that should help.  That placement test will determine what math level she should take. Some advanced math classes taken in 8th grade will cover all the necessary pre-algebra content, so she may be fine without the additional class. For more information, check out this blog post.

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1 Comment »

  1. Helga Martinez says:

    Hi andra,
    my children are using teaching Textbooks and love the program.
    I had my daughter, 7th grade, Doing pre-algebra. She came to me asking if she could skip it and start algebra. She said she was totally bored with the pr-alg.
    She is now doing Algebra 1, loving it and her excitement about math has returned.

    February 27th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

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