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Saxon 87, 2nd or 3rd Edition does the best job of preparing students for Algebra 1. Dr. Shormann's general recommendation is to complete Saxon 87, skip Saxon Algebra 1/2, then go directly to Algebra 1. Learn More: Do you recommend Saxon Algebra ½?
But, if your student is doing well in Saxon 87, he can switch to Saxon Algebra 1/2 and do well in Algebra 1 as long as you follow these recommendations: My student is required to take Saxon Algebra 1/2.