See Dr. Shormann's recommendations for your student's grade below:
7th Grade: What do you recommend for 7th Grade Math?
8th Grade: What do you recommend for 8th Grade Math?
6th Grade: ** If your student has completed 1&2 below, he is ready for Shormann Pre-Algebra**
- Student has memorized multiplication tables to 9 AND
- Student had earned an 80+ on any of the following texts*:
- Saxon 7/6, 3rd or 4th Edition
- Saxon Course 1
- Abeka 7th Grade Math
- Bob Jones 7th Grade Math
- Singapore 6A & 6B
- MathUSee Zeta
- Horizons Grade 6 Math
- Christian Light 7th Grade Math
- Teaching Textbooks Math 7
- Any publisher's math course that comes before pre-algebra in that curricula's recommended sequence.
* If your student earned less than an 80 on one of the texts above, follow the steps below:
- Earned 70-79 on one of the texts listed above, select an option below:
- Option 1: Take DIVE + Saxon 7/6 4th Edition as it does an excellent job of preparing students for Pre-Algebra.
- Option 2: Repeat the last quarter of the course, including the tests. If the student earns an average of 80 or higher on these assignments, they are ready for Shormann Prealgebra.
- Option 3: Take the Placement Test: Take the test titled, "Math 8/7" on page 6 of the Placement Test. If your student scores an 80 or higher and has memorized multiplication facts to 9, he is ready for Shormann Prealgebra. If not, either repeat the last quarter or take DIVE + Saxon 7/6 4th Edition as it does an excellent job of preparing students for Pre-Algebra.
- Student Failed any of the texts above. Dr. Shormann recommends these students either retake the curriculum they failed or take DIVE + Saxon 7/6 4th Edition as it does an excellent job of preparing students for Pre-Algebra.
Why is Pre-Algebra important?
Unlike other subjects like history and literature, math is a language. Shormann Math is one of the few curricula that teaches math as a language. Math is the language of science, an important tool required to understand God and the world He created. A pre-algebra course is a normal and recommended part of a child’s math education as they make the journey from a world of mostly numbers (arithmetic) to a world of mostly letters (algebra). First, it’s important to understand that most students who struggle in Algebra 1 do not struggle with algebraic concepts. Generally, there is a lack of fluency in basic arithmetic skills like division, ratios, reducing fractions, and converting between fractions, decimals, and percents.