Pre-algebra

Session 1 (full): Fridays 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
Session 2 will be offered if the minimum of 6 is met, day and time TBD

34 weeks of classes beginning August 23, 2019 through May 29, 2020.
Classes are
 held in the Allied Gardens/Grantville area of San Diego.

This class is for mature students ready for structure and wanting a solid foundation to prepare for high school Algebra the following year.

This class teaches what I wish all my Algebra I students and beyond had learned before beginning the high school course sequence. While AoPS is often thought of as a gifted student resource, with adequate scaffolding, selective use of problems without having to do everything and mentoring in problem solving techniques, more typical students have had success using this over a traditional, repetitive and predictable skills-focused Prealgebra text. 

  • Pre-requisite: Proficiency with basic arithmetic, fractions and decimals concepts, and a readiness for the class structure. A pre-test is here. Ask the instructor if in doubt. If a student is not ready, waiting a year is recommended.  

  • The emphasis of this class will not only be on typical Pre-Algebra concepts, but on developing a problem-solving approach to math in general. Math history and recreational math (yes, there is such a thing) will be a regular feature of the class.

  • Four independent study day assignments will need to be completed weekly for students to be prepared for class activities. See Sample Weekly Schedule.

  • Minimum of 6 students, maximum 12

  • Fee: $365 per semester. A 5% cash discount is applied if tuition is paid at the start of each semester. See payment terms.

  • Text: AoPS PreAlgebra. Instructor provides supplemental resources / activities. 

Please see Class Overview for more information on class structure, instructor, etc. 

Confirmed/Reserved Spots 2019-20 Session (Melody G. Parent Assistant):

  1. Enoch F. (Amy) Used text reserved

  2. Jackie F. (Robin) Used text reserved

  3. Chase M. (Lisa)

  4. Joe F. (Kim)

  5. Nathan S. (Vicki)

  6. Timothy C. (Sarah)

  7. Zion M. (Cameron)

  8. Samantha T. (Alex)

  9. Brooke M. (Susan) Used text reserved

  10. John S. (Cathie) Used text reserved

  11. Teya B. (Susan)

  12. Gabriel G. (Melody)

Wait list:

  1. Ethan H. (Erica)

  2. Ava M. (Shelly)

Due to high demand for this class, a second session of Pre-Algebra may be offered on Friday at 1:45 or Tuesday afternoon if the minimum of 6 students is met.

Contact Julie Brennan for additional information.