Algebra 1, Geometry and Honors Algebra 2( Pre-Calc) are designed as a 3-year high school math sequence for homeschool students in the San Diego area. Taught bi-weekly, classes are structured like a college course, but at a much slower pace. Pre-Algebra has been added this year and is taught weekly. AP Statistics may be offered if sufficient interest and time allow. Classes are held in the Allied Gardens / Grantville area of San Diego, off the I-15 and I-8 interchange
Classes and independent study assignments focus on mastering concept areas deeply, and then applying math in context. Most students succeed even if they aren’t “mathy,” if they attend classes regularly and complete a majority of the independent study work in between classes.
A critical feature of these classes is a positive attitude toward learning and hard work. Students make a commitment to the whole class by regularly attending, being prepared and participating, and learning through mistakes and mutual support of each other. Classes are small and active, with less emphasis on lecture and more on student interaction with problem solving.
Students who fully master this coursework are typically prepared for college calculus and/or statistics by the end of the third year.
Class format: Activities are done in pairs or teams to facilitate students being willing to openly discuss questions and observations. Independent Study Day assignments are designed to prepare students for active class time, so that a majority of class time can be devoted to going over questions, discussing various approaches to problems and ensuring understanding of concepts. Assignments are scheduled out each independent study day to assist students in managing their time between classes, and are managed on a class website similar to a college bulletin board system. See sample weekly homework assignment sheet. A portion of class time is devoted to going over homework questions each class period.
Testing is approached as a separate skill, not as the goal of learning itself. As testing will be a feature of college success, some time is alloted to practicing test taking skills, but the majority of time is reserved for productive learning. Grade feedback will be provided to parents to submit to their respective schools.
Tuition: See individual class pages (right) for rates which depend on class size and times. Tuition is due by semester, but may be paid monthly, or quarterly by arrangement. Sibling and clergy discounts apply. Tuition credit may apply for in-class parent-helper positions if available.
Instructor: Julie Brennan is entering her 21st year of homeschooling her four children with her husband, Don, currently enrolled with Heritage Christian Schools PSP since 2008. A CPA with over 30 years of experience in the accounting and finance fields, Julie brings a unique applied perspective to math that goes beyond the curriculum. Since 2004 Julie has hosted the Living Math Forum, a 5,000 member online forum devoted to the discussion of a wide range of math learning resources and methods for all kinds of learners, and is the creator of the Living Math website, www.livingmath.net. Contact Julie Brennan at firstname.lastname@example.org.