Geometry: Frequently Asked Questions

Why Integrate Geometry and Algebra
Integrated geometry is easier to understand, develops long-term retention and fluency, and raises college entrance exam scores. The European and Asian countries that consistently outperform the United States on international math exams integrate the teaching of algebra and geometry. Students who learn algebra and geometry together develop and maintain fluency in both subjects, raising scores on college entrance exams and enabling them to apply math to new situations like science and engineering. Learn More: Preparing for PSAT, SAT, and ACT

How do I earn 1 full credit of Geometry in Shormann Math?
1/2 credit of Geometry is earned in Shormann Algebra 1 and 1/2 credit is earned in Shormann Algebra 2.

My student took Saxon Algebra 2. How do I earn the remaining 1/2 credit of geometry in Shormann Math?
Students who took Saxon Algebra 2 (which earns the first 1/2 credit of geometry) can earn the remaining 1/2 credit of geometry in either Shormann Precalculus or Shormann Algebra 2. Learn More: What should I take after Saxon Algebra 2

How do I assign a grade for Geometry?
Generally, you should list the same grade earned in the course for both the Geometry and Algebra credit. If an A was earned in Shormann Algebra 1, list an A for both Algebra 1 and Geometry. Learn More: How do I list the Geometry grade on my transcript

How do I earn 1 full credit of Geometry in Saxon Math?
1/3 credit of Geometry is earned in Saxon Algebra 1 and 1/3 credit of Geometry is earned in Saxon Algebra 2 (must complete all 129 lessons). The remaining 1/3 credit is earned in the first 40 lessons of Saxon Advanced Math or in the first 40 lessons of Shormann Precalculus. Many students struggle in Saxon Advanced Math because it does not have the lesson reference numbers next to each homework problem which allows students to quickly relearn missed or forgotten concepts. We now recommend Shormann Precalculus instead of Saxon Advanced Math because Shormann Precalculus has these lesson references, direct links to the video lectures that teaches that concept, as well as a link to a similar example problem. Students who have completed Saxon Algebra 2 but do not want or need to take Precalculus ,should take Shormann Algebra 2. This course reviews all the geometry in Saxon Algebra 2 and teaches the remaining 1/2 credit of geometry.  It can be listed as a geometry credit on the transcript and it provides excellent preparation for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT  as well as the CLEP College Algebra exam which can earn 3 college credits and can bel listed as an advanced algebra credit on the high school transcript.  Learn More: What should I take after Saxon Algebra 2

Should students take a stand-alone geometry course?
Shormann Interactive Algebra 1 & 2 and Saxon Algebra 2 and Advanced Math (first 40 lessons) teach all the concepts required to earn 1 Geometry credit. Shormann Interactive teaches all the geometry required to excel on the newly redesigned PSAT and SAT, as well as the ACT. Therefore, taking a separate geometry course is not only redundant, it can cause students to lose fluency in algebraic skills. This makes Algebra 2 and upper-level math courses more difficult and negatively affects standardized test scores.

Why did Saxon publish a geometry text?
Saxon Geometry was not published by John Saxon. It was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who purchased Saxon a few years after John's death in 1996. The integration of geometry and algebra was one of John Saxon's founding principles. He was adamantly opposed to teaching geometry and algebra separately.

How Do I List the Credits on a Transcript?
See this article for detailed information: High School Transcripts

What is Shormann Interactive Math?
Featuring video lectures, interactive homework, video solutions, and Q&A support, Shormann Interactive Math is a 21st Century curriculum that includes technology applications, computer math, real-world word problems , and non-standard solutions concepts that prepare students to excel on the new, redesigned PSAT and SAT, as well as ACT and CLEP exams. Built on a biblical and historical foundation, Shormann Math teaches math as the language of science; a tool used to better understand God and His creation. With an emphasis on math history, students get 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

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