Featuring an integrated approach to math that includes technology applications and real-world word problems, Shormann Math is a 21st Century curriculum that provides better preparation for the new, redesigned PSAT and SAT, as well as the ACT.
Shormann Math is built on a biblical and historical foundation that teaches math as the language of science; a tool used to better understand God and His creation. An emphasis on math history gives students a clearer picture of the "why" behind the math they are learning, while shedding light on modern math's rich Christian heritage.
Hosted in a state of the art eLearning Campus similar to the systems used in college math classes, students learn more efficiently, building fluency with less homework than traditional Saxon texts. Students learn how to use math as a tool to explore their world and enhance their own God-given creativity. Learn more about the differences in Saxon vs Shormann Math here.
How Does Shormann Algebra 1 Work?
Watch this short video to view how the eLearning system, automated grading,
grade recording, video solutions, quarterly exam, quizzes, and more!
Teaching all the concepts required for one Algebra 2 credit as well as 1/2 - 1 geometry credit, this 21st Century course provides excellent preparation for the ACT as well as the newly redesigned PSAT and SAT. Topics such as simplifying algebraic expressions and solving equations, solving linear and nonlinear systems of equations, and word problems are covered. Standard geometry concepts include proof, logic, triangle similarity, perimeter/area/volume, and right triangle geometry (trigonometry). Analytical geometry,including topics such as functions and their symbolic, graphic, numeric and verbal forms is thoroughly covered.
By integrating algebra and geometry, students develop fluency in both subjects, making it easier to grasp analytical geometry and apply it to new situations like standardized tests. Because Shormann Algebra 2 students develop and maintain fluency in both algebra and geometry, it’s faster and easier to prepare for the ACT or SAT. Each Practice Sets contains at least one problem that directly applies math to real-world situations in science, engineering, finance, sports, art, etc. There is also at least 1 problem specifically designed to prepare students for the ACT, SAT, CLEP College Algebra, or CLEP College Math exam. By the end of Shormann Algebra 2, over 200 practice problems from the ACT, PSAT, and SAT have been completed.
Other topics include number, ratio, measurement, statistics, computer mathematics, and calculus basics. While calculus is normally not covered in Algebra 2, results of Shormann Math beta tests reveal students often grasp the grade-appropriate calculus concepts much better than even some of the basic algebra and geometry concepts! Calculus is such an important course for many reasons, and my hope is that, by introducing calculus fundamentals now, it will encourage more students to confidently pursue calculus later.
Designed as an honors level course, Shormann Algebra 2 is easily modified for use as a standard or even a remedial course by modifying the pace. Because one and a half credits are earned, the course can be stretched out to three, or even four semesters, if needed. For details, please see the Teacher's Guide below.
1 Algebra 2 Credit
1/2 - 1 Geometry Credit*
3 CLEP College Algebra Credits
*See Special Considerations on page 8 of the Teacher's Guide.
Completed Saxon Algebra 1- Placement Information & Placement Testi
or Completed Any Publisher's Algebra 1 & Geometry: Placement Information & Placement Test
24 Month Self-Paced eLearning Subscription $129 per Course
- Setup on a 30 week schedule but can be stretched to 3 or 4 semesters
- 24 Month access to the eCourse for one student
- Self-paced; no due dates
- Includes printable eTextbook, eSolutions Manual, & eTeacher’s Guide
- Use as an advanced, standard, or remedial course
- Subscription FAQs: Start Date, Student Email, Siblings
Sibling Subscription $39 per Course
- Sibling enrolled in same course concurrently $39
- Sibling enrolled in same course at a later time (no time limit) $39
- Purchase sibling subscription when sibling is ready to start
Integrated Geometry and Continual Review
- Based on John Saxon’s teaching methods of incremental bite-sized lessons, continual review, and cumulative assessments
- Updated with 21st Century technology applications, real world word problems, and computer math
Comprehensive Video Instruction for Every Lesson
- 100 Daily lessons with 1 video lecture each (avg 20 min)
- Students take notes and work example problems
- Video lectures can be purchased for offline access
Interactive Homework with Automated Grading
- 20 homework questions per lesson
- Work problems on paper first, then enter the answer
- Links to a similar practice problem and to the related video lecture make re-learning quick and easy
- Automated grading provides instant feedback
- Homework can also be completed offline using the eText, then enter answers into the eLearning system for grading or
grade using the eSolutions Manual
Video Solutions Ensure Understanding
- Step-by-step explanation for each homework question
- Access is restricted until homework is completed and score is recorded
- eSolutions Manual is also available to parents
Interactive Quizzes and Exams with Automated Grading
- 30 weekly online quizzes and 4 online quarterly exams
- Automated grading and grade recording
- Parents can reset assignments and change grades
Q&A Email Support with Dr. Shormann
- Q&A email support with Dr. Shormann
- Video Solutions for every homework question
- eTeacher’s Guide and eSolution’s Manual
Earn 14 College Credits via CLEP and AP Exams
- CLEP Professor for College Algebra is included with Shormann Algebra 2
- CLEP College Algebra earns 3 college credits
- Passing scores on CLEP and AP exams also validate transcripts and make college admissions and scholarship applications more competitive
Excellent Preparation for the Newly Redesigned PSAT & SAT
- Written specifically to meet the new requirements of the 2015 redesigned PSAT and SAT
- Shormann Algebra 1 & 2 teach all the concepts required to excel on college entrance exams
- Continual review and integrated geometry develop fluency, raising standardized test scores
- Shormann Precalculus will continue to review these concepts to maintain fluency
- Browser based eLearning sytem- like a website
- Access from any computer or device with a browser and internet
- Speakers or headphones
Can I transition from Saxon Algebra 1 to Shormann Algebra 2?
Yes. While Saxon Algebra 1 is missing some of the geometry taught in Shormann Algebra 1, these concepts are reviewed in the first 25 lessons of Shormann Algebra 2. This makes it very easy for students to transition from Saxon Algebra 1 to Shormann Algebra 2. Upon completion of Shormann Algebra 2, students earn 1 full credit of geometry. See the Special Considerations in the Teacher’s Guide for details on credits and prerequisites.
Every homework set has at least one question from the ACT, PSAT, or SAT.
Excellent Preparation for the ACT and Redesigned PSAT and SAT
CLEP College Algebra Exam & CLEP College Math Exam
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*Login to our eLearning Campus and demo the first four lessons.
1. Start Date, Email Addresses, and Sibling Subscriptions:
For questions about selecting a start date, email address, parent logins, sibling subscriptions, etc. click here: Sibling and Subscription FAQs
2. Why did Dr. Shormann publish a new curriculum?
After John Saxon passed away, Saxon Publishers was sold to Harcourt, which was acquired by Houghton Mifflin. Shortly thereafter, HMH released a Saxon Geometry text, along with the fourth editions of Algebra 1 and 2, confirming Dr. Shormann and other Saxon supporters suspicions that the Irish held mega-curriculum publisher would make detrimental changes to unique pedagogy that made John Saxon’s texts so effective. The new HMH texts had markedly less review, lacked the essential connections between the incremental lessons, and completely removed the integration of geometry and algebra. After 10 years of praying and researching, Dr. Shormann began writing a 21st century curriculum that embodied not only John Saxon's best ideas, but those of history's greatest mathematicians and math teachers. Preparing for PSAT, SAT, and ACT
3. Do you recommend Saxon or Shormann Math?
- Provides better preparation for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT.
- Includes 21st Century math concepts like computer math, technology applications, and more.
- Teaches how to use the same type of eLearning system used in college math classes
Learn More: Saxon vs Shormann Math
4. How does the eLearning course work?
Getting Started Lesson: This video walks you through the course and how it works.
Demo Course: The first four lessons of each course can be completed in our eLearning system.
5. Where Should I Place My Child?
The chart below provides general recommendations for student placement. For a specific recommendation. please contact us here: Consulting Contact Form
Saxon Math 8/7, 2nd or 3rd Edition
Saxon Algebra 1/2, 2nd or 3rd Edition
Pre-Algebra (non-Saxon publisher)
Has not taken Pre-Algebra
DIVE/Saxon Math 8/7, 3rd Edition(Pre-Algebra)
Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd Edition
Algebra 1 - No Geometry
See # 1 Below
Algebra 1 & Geometry
Algebra 1 & 2 - No Geometry
See # 2 Below
Algebra 1, 2, and Geometry
Saxon Advanced Math, 2nd Edition
DIVE/Saxon Calculus, 2nd Edition*
DIVE/Saxon Calculus, 2nd Edition*
*Completed Algebra 1 without Geometry
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.
Average Math Students and Teaching Textbooks Users
While it may seem redundant at first, Shormann Algebra 1 should be taken first. However, repeating Algebra 1 using Shormann Math will not take any longer than continuing with a traditional math sequence. This will increase fluency in algebraic skills while earning 1/2 credit of geometry. If Algebra 1 was completed with a different curriculum, Shormann Algebra 1 can be listed as a geometry credit on your transcript. Alternatively, use a Subject Transcript which lists credits by Subject instead of by year.
Repeat Algebra 1 using Shormann Math vs Continue with a Traditional Math Sequence
Shormann Math Sequence
Traditional Math Sequence
Shormann Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry
Shormann Algebra 2 with Integrated Geometry
1 Algebra 1, 1 Geometry, 1 Algebra 2
1 Algebra 1, 1 Geometry 1 Algebra 2
**Completed Algebra 1 & 2, not Geometry
These students should take Shormann Algebra 2 to earn a full credit of geometry, while maintaining fluency in algebraic skills. It will also provide excellent preparation for the ACT, redesigned PSAT and SAT, as well as the CLEP College Algebra exam (up to 3 college credits). By the end of Shormann Algebra 2, over 200 PSAT, SAT, ACT, and CLEP practice problems have been completed. If Algebra 1 and 2 have been completed, list Shormann Algebra 2 as a Geometry credit on the student's transcript. Alternatively, use a Subject Transcript which lists credits by Subject instead of by year.
How is a full credit of Geometry earned in Shormann Algebra 2?
All the geometry taught in Shormann Algebra 1 (½ credit) is reviewed, then the concepts for the remaining ½ credit of Geometry are taught and reviewed throughout the course. Students in this situation would list Shormann Algebra 2 as a Geometry credit on their high school transcript. Keep in mind, the name of the requirement is listed on the transcript, not the name of the course or curriculum used.
How do I list these credits on a transcript?
A Subject Transcript is recommended for all students. Instead of listing credits by year, they are listed by subject. This make it very easy to show that your student has completed all the required credits. Learn more about High School Transcripts.
Should a separate geometry course be taken?
Shormann Interactive Algebra 1 & 2 teach all the concepts required to earn 1 full Geometry credit as well as all the geometry needed to excel on college entrance exams. Therefore taking a separate geometry course is not only redundant, it can cause students to lose fluency in algebra. This makes Algebra 2 and upper level math courses more difficult and negatively affects standardized test scores. Learn More
Can my student transition from Saxon Algebra 1 to Shormann Algebra 2?
Yes. While Saxon Algebra 1 is missing some of the geometry taught in Shormann Algebra 1, these concepts are reviewed in the first 25 lessons of Shormann Algebra 2. This makes it very easy for students to transition from Saxon Algebra 1 to Shormann Algebra 2. Students who take Saxon Algebra 1 and Shormann Algebra 2 earn 1 full credit of geometry. See the Special Considerations in the Teacher’s Guide for details on credits and prerequisites.
Can Shormann Math be completed offline?
While the online eLearning course, featuring automated grading, instant feedback, and embedded links for quick and easy re-learning, is the most efficient way to complete Shormann Math courses, most assignments can also be completed offline. Please see How to Use Shormann Math Offlinefor detailed instructions.
Is there a Teacher or Parent Guide?
Is Shormann Math Common Core aligned?
No, Shormann Interactive is built on a biblical foundation and has not been influenced by the “new math” in Common Core. However, it still provides excellent preparation for the redesigned PSAT and SAT, the ACT, as well as CLEP and AP exams, and college level math classes.
Can I print or save the online assignments?
Yes, after each assignment is completed, a results page, with the questions, correct answers, and the students answers, is displayed. The results page can be saved and either printed or emailed to the parent or teacher.
Do I need to print the eText, eSolutions Manual,or eTeacher Guide?
No, it is not necessary to print any of these materials. All the content the student needs to complete the assignments are posted in the eLearning course with easy access. If you want to view the files offline, simply download and save the files to your computer.
My child has a learning disability. Can the time for the tests and quizzes be modified?
Yes. Have the student take each test or quiz twice. In the first attempt, complete only the first half of the exam. In the second attempt, complete the second half. Add the two scores together and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the student name, course title, and exam or quiz number, and request a grade change.
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When are vectors introduced?
Vectors (and calculus), are introduced in Shormann Algebra 1, and built upon throughout Algebra 1, Precalculus and Calculus. For example, in Shormann Algebra 1, all we do with vectors is define them and have the students describe them graphically with arrows. It's actually something a pre-algebra student could do. However, having this basic understanding of vectors will make it much easier for students to grasp vectors when numbers and calculations are added in Shormann Algebra 2.
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