Would you like to take the fear out of algebra and make sure your child is well prepared for high school math? Pre-algebra is the place to make that happen. Not only will the class focus on solidifying and cementing important math skills, but it will introduce basic algebra concepts concretely through Dr. Borenson’s Hands on Equation program (see Instructor’s Vimeo).

We will be using Saxon Pre-Algebra (3^{rd} Edition) which provides a balanced, integrated mathematics program. We will cover concepts such as prime and composite numbers, fractions and decimals (which must be mastered before Algebra), order of operations, coordinates, exponents, radicals, ratios, algebraic phrases and concepts, probability, and more.

Manipulatives are an intrigal part of classroom instruction making math concepts meaningful and memorable. Students will have time in class to practice what they learn. Parents are asked to participate by using the answer key to correct a portion of the weekly homework, as well as monitoring exams.

**Instructor**: Mindy Black mindyb2020@yahoo.com

Prerequisite for Pre-Algebra:

This course is an entry level course for the HARC Mathematics Program. Pre-approval is required before registering for the class. To ensure that your student is prepared for the Pre-Algebra course, please have him/her take the Saxon Middle School Placement Test (Questions 41-80).

Students are to take the test to the best of their ability without help for accurate placement. Please mail the test including the students work to Mindy Black at 709 Bahama Ct., Holly Springs, NC 27540. Please provide an email address or phone number where you can be reached to discuss the test results.

**Textbook**: Saxon Algebra 1/2 (3rd Edition)

You do not need the DIVE CD.