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4th - 7th Grade 

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Grade

Recommended Course

  4th Grade

  DIVE + Saxon Math 5/4, 3rd Edition

  5th Grade

  DIVE + Saxon  Math 6/5, 3rd Edition

  6th Grade

  DIVE + Saxon Math 7/6, 4th Edition

  7th Grade

  DIVE+ Saxon Math 8/7, 3rd Edition (Pre-Algebra)

 

 

 

8th - 12th Grade

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To place your student in the correct math course, select the last course completed below. By "successfully completed" we mean an average of 80% or higher. If not, see our Course Remediation Plans.

    

Placement Chart for 8th - 12th Grade 

Grade

Recommended Course

  8th/9th Grade

  Shormann Interactive Algebra 1 with Geometry

Credits: 1 Algebra 1 & 1/2 Geometry

  9th/10th Grade

 Shormann Interactive Algebra 2 with Geometry

Credits: 1 Algebra 2 & 1/2 Geometry

CLEP College Algebra 3 College Credits

10th/11th Grade

 Shormann Precalculus

Credits: 1 Precalculus (1/2 Geometry Credit*)

CLEP Precalculus - 3 college credits

11th/12th Grade

DIVE + Saxon Calculus, 2nd Edition** 

Credits: 1 Calculus 1 & 2

Standard or AP Calculus AB/BC 8 Credits

CLEP Calculus 4 Credits

 *Saxon Algebra 2 students earn remaining 1/2 Credit of Geometry in Precalculus.

 **Shormann Calculus available Spring 2018  

 

Why do you recommend Shormann Math instead of Saxon?

 

To better prepare students for the newly redesigned PSAT and SAT, as well as the ACT, CLEP, and AP exams, we now recommend Shormann Interactive Math instead of Saxon Math. Written from a biblical perspective by Dr. Shormann, author of the award-winning DIVE into Saxon Math series, and based on John Saxon’s original teaching methods of incremental development, continual review, and integrated algebra and geometry. Shormann Math is a 21st Century curriculum that includes concepts like technology applications, computer math, real-world word problems, and non-standard solutions not found in Saxon Math. Hosted in a state-of-the-art self-paced eLearning system, similar to college math classes, these courses feature expert video instruction, automated grading, video solutions, Q&A email support, and more!  Learn More about Shormann Interactive Math

 

 

 

  Is My Child Ready for Algebra 1?

 

 

My student completed Algebra 1 but has not taken Geometry.

 

  • Option 1: Strong Math Students

Shormann Algebra 2 reviews all the geometry taught in Shormann Algebra 1. Therefore, a strong math student can learn all the geometry required for a full credit of geometry in Shormann Algebra 2. The geometry lessons taught in Shormann Algebra 1 are linked in Shormann Algebra 2, providing easy access when more instruction is needed. Keep in mind, students who have not had Geometry may require additional time to complete the course.  However, as long as the student is allowed to go at their own pace (see Timed Method on page 3 of the Teacher Guide), they should successfully complete the course within three semesters. This is not a problem as the student is earning 2 full years of credit and the eLearning course has a 24 month subscription.

 

  • Option 2: Average to Good Math Students & Teaching Textbooks  Users

My general recommendation for these students is to start in Shormann Algebra 1. This will increase fluency in algebraic skills while earning 1/2 credit of geometry. Because our Algebra 1 & 2 integrates 1 full credit of geometry, re-taking Algebra 1 with Shormann Math will take the same amount of time as following a traditional math sequence of Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.  List the credit on your  transcript as Geometry.

 

Take Algebra 1 Again using Shormann Math vs Traditional Math Sequence

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2. Student completed Algebra 1 & Algebra 2, but has not taken Geometry

Students in this situation should use Shormann Interactive Algebra 2 with Geometry to earn 1 full credit of geometry*. Better than a stand-alone geometry course, Shormann Algebra 2  also reviews and develops fluency in Algebra 2 concepts, providing excellent preparation for college entrance exams which test both algebra and geometry. Shormann Algebra 2  has over 200 PSAT, SAT, ACT, and CLEP practice problems.

 

*How is a full credit of Geometry earned in Shormann Algebra 2?

Shormann Algebra 2 includes a short prep course with the geometry lessons from Shormann Algebra 1. These lessons, along with Shormann Algebra 2,  teach all the concepts required for 1 credit of Geometry. Therefore, students who have taken Algebra 2 (without geometry) and Shormann Algebra 2, can list Shormann Algebra 2 as a Geometry credit on their high school transcript.

 

 

Saxon Placement Tests

 

4th - 7th Grade Students

Caution: The first 30 lessons of each Saxon text review the concepts from the previous text. Because these tests are designed for public school students, who must maintain the pace of the class, the Saxon Placement Test may place students in a lower level than necessary. However, since homeschool students can work at their own pace, they can slow down as needed to fill in any gaps or holes during the review lessons, then complete the course normally. Unless there is a learning disability, we do not recommend placing 4th - 7th grade students more than 1 grade lower than the recommended course listed in the chart at the top of this page. Schedule a Complimentary Consulting Call

 

 

Placement Test for Saxon Middle Grades 

 

8th Grade and Up

To better prepare students for the newly redesigned PSAT and SAT, as well as the ACT, CLEP, and AP exams, we now recommend Shormann Interactive Math instead of Saxon Math. Written from a biblical perspective by Dr. Shormann, author of the award-winning DIVE into Saxon Math series, and based on John Saxon’s original teaching methods of incremental development, continual review, and integrated algebra and geometry. Shormann Math is a 21st Century curriculum that includes concepts like technology applications, computer math, real-world word problems, and non-standard solutions not found in Saxon Math. Hosted in a state-of-the-art self-paced eLearning system, similar to college math classes, these courses feature expert video instruction, automated grading, video solutions, Q&A email support, and more!  Learn More about Shormann Interactive Math

 

 

 

 

Saxon Placement Tests for Upper Grades

 

Saxon Placement Test for Algebra 1

 

Saxon Placement Test for Algebra 2

 

 

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DIVE Into Saxon Math
Increase understanding, build long-term retention, and inspire Christian character!

 

The lesson in the Saxon text is not the complete lesson. John Saxon recommended an experienced Saxon instructor who could teach how the incremental lessons connect and build on one another. Without this essential instruction, the student may find the Saxon lessons disorganized and confusing. That's why we created DIVE! 

In the DIVE video lectures, Dr. Shormann teaches the complete lesson, reviewing previous concepts and connecting them to the new one to create bite-sized lessons that are easy to understand. Drawing on almost twenty years of experience teaching all levels of Saxon Math through AP Calclulus, he adds extra instruction where he knows students will struggle and provides additional example problems to ensure mastery. During the lecture, students work interactively, taking notes and working problems with Dr. Shormann.

 

 Meet the Teacher

With degrees in science and engineering, Dr. Shormann has almost 20 years of experience teaching all levels of Saxon Math through AP Calculus and AP Physics. By teaching math as the language of science, a God-given tool used to better understand Him and the world He created, Dr. Shormann equips and inspires students to excel.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Why use Saxon Math?

Saxon Math is a research proven math curriculum developed in the 1980's by John Saxon. The Saxon approach is unique in that, instead of massing instruction, practice, and assessments, Saxon distributes them throughout the lessons and school year. Most math programs use a massed approach, whereby instruction, practice, and assessment of a skill or concept occur within a short period of time and are usually clustered within a single chapter or unit. Research has shown that Incremental Development, Distributed Practice, and Cumulative Assessment is superior to all other teaching methods, increasing long-term retention and recall speed which naturally leads to higher standardized test scores. However, most curricula do not use this method because it is more difficult to teach and requires continual re-teaching of previously learned concepts. As an experienced Saxon teacher, Dr. Shormann provides comprehensive lectures in a format that is easy to re-teach forgotten or missed concepts. Find out more about John Saxon and his shaking of the educratic foundations with his wildly successful math curriculum on Dr. Shormann's blog here

 

Where should I place my child?

Please see the placement test. We also offer a free consulting service to help you chart a course of success for your child.

 

Pre-Algebra: Saxon Math 8/7  or Algebra 1/2?

We recommend students complete Math 8/7, skip Algebra 1/2, then take Shormann Interactive Algebra 1While Math 8/7, 3rd Edition teaches all the required pre-algebra concepts, the primary focus is to develop fluency in the essential skills required for success in Algebra 1. By fluency, I mean speed and accuracy. Much like memorizing multiplication facts, Math 8/7 students learn to quickly and accurately perform these skills in their head, making it much faster and easier to learn algebra.  Learn More

  

DIVE vs. Saxon Teacher

 There are several major differences between the Saxon Teacher CDs and the DIVE courses. The Saxon Teacher CDs simply read the lesson in the textbook.  However, the lesson in the textbook is not the complete lesson. Saxon textbooks are published to be taught by a teacher in a public school. The lesson in the book assumes a teacher has already taught you the lesson. It is just a synopsis of the lesson for the student to review later.   

Also, many people don't realize that the Saxon Teacher was not made by John Saxon.  It was made by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (giant US public school publisher, owned by an Irish holding company called Riverdeep) who purchased SaxonPublishers several years ago. None of John's people, who understood the Saxon Methodology, stayed with HMH.  There are many other differences between DIVE and Saxon Teacher.  Here is a comparison chart:

 

 

 

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