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**Preparing for Pre-Algebra**course focuses on building a strong foundation in preparation for a Pre-Algebra course. The first half of the course will practice basic facts and skills. This includes whole numbers, fractions, and decimals. The second half will introduce integers, expressions, one-step, and two-step equations, and one-step and two-step inequalities. We recommend this course for 5th graders ready to explore these topics or for 6th graders who want an extra year of preparation before starting our Pre-Algebra program.

To enroll in this course, students must have completed 4th-grade math and be ready to explore math and discover their potential for middle and high-school-level courses.

**Pre-Algebra Prerequisites:**

To enter Pre-Algebra the expectation is that the student is:

- fluent with +, -, x and รท facts
- experienced with fractions and decimals
- in grade 6 or higher

**Algebra vs. Pre-Algebra**

When trying to decide between Pre-Algebra and Algebra I, we ask six questions. If you can answer yes to the questions below, then Algebra I is the correct choice:

- Do they have proficiency with fractions?
- Do they have proficiency with decimals?
- Do they have proficiency with percents?
- Have they worked with positive and negative numbers?
- Have they worked with solving 2-step equations like 2x - 5 = 13?
- Have they done some graphing (plotting points or graphing lines) on the xy-coordinate plane?

**Note:**Even if the student struggles with the last two topics, they can still take Algebra I because the course covers these concepts thoroughly. They may need to put in a little extra effort compared to those students who are more familiar with the concepts.

**Algebra I**- completion of Pre-Algebra

**Geometry**- completion of Algebra I

**Algebra II**- completion of Geometry

**Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry**- completion of Algebra II

**Calculus**- completion of Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry