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Algebra 1 or Pre-Algebra for 7th grader?

by Kim
(Georgia)

My son just finished a regular 6th grade math curriculum. He is a very strong math student. He knows his facts, fractions and decimals very well. Do I have to start him in a Pre-Algebra curriculum or can I go straight to Algebra 1? Do 7th graders have to take Pre-Algebra?

I'm not sure where to go from here!

Thanks for your help!

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Jun 03, 2014
TEACHING PRE-ALGEBRA PLUS
by: MR. PIERRE CICERON-JEAN

TEACHING PRE-ALGEBRA CONCEPTS AUTOMATICALLY LEAD TO ALGEBRA 1 CONCEPTS. TEACHING IS SPIRALING BY CONCEPTUALIZING SINCE LEARNING CONCEPTS PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE. I WOULD TEACH PREALGEBRA PLUS AND CONNECT MY CONCEPTUAL TEACHING TO ALGEBRA CONCEPTS.

May 30, 2014
Algebra 1
by: Anonymous

I took Algebra 1 in 6th grade. It is easy and fun if you can make connections and are willing to try hard to understand the material. Still, I know some people who struggled with it. If you did well in previous math classes, you shouldn't be troubled by Algebra 1.

May 30, 2014
Alg I in Grade 7-TOO EASY
by: Anonymous

I took Alg. 1 this year (grade 7) , and was so bored that I taught myself Alg II during class. I also tried to learn trig. If the student is strong in math and has good logic skills, and is quick to pick up methodologies, they should be fine. Just so you know, 6th-8th grade is pre-algebra, so it'll be fine.

May 26, 2014
Grade seven too early for Algebra.
by: Anonymous

Most research today shows that most kids brains at age 13-14 are not ready for the complex and abstract concepts learned in Algebra where so many steps are needed to get an answer correct. Introducing Algebra at such an early age often causes more harm than good since kids end up discouraged and hating math.

May 21, 2014
I am
by: Anonymous

right now it is the end of sixth grade, i am very strong in math and will be taking algebra 1. I would because you get a head start and it would be okay if you fail because you can retake it in the 8th grade or 9th if you have to.

Apr 12, 2014
6th grader at Lucindale school
by: lizzie

I am a current 6th grader and since my mom got pregnant with her third child, the principal told me to move to geometryII, It is super easy so my mom got me the iphone 5s!!!!!!! I love my mom and I hope she can take her pregnancy well. I also live in a mansion in new york with my fabulous outdoor jacuzzi and a ice skating rink. my dad won the lottery 12 times and i won scratchers 19 times. i hope this can help you!

Feb 05, 2014
7th Grader Taking Algebra
by: Anonymous

I am a 7th grader and I am taking an Algebra 1 class with ten 7th graders and some 8th graders. We were very advanced in 6th grade, had high NWEA scores, great grades, and were always given extra work to do in class. If your son feels like he could take and pass the class, then he should take it. Is it allowed at his school? This was a special thing that happened at my school; it had never happened before. You should ask his teachers what they thing about the grade skip. They could give feedback that is important to you and your son's decision.

Nov 06, 2013
Sophomore in Pre-Calc Honors
by: Anonymous

This thread is fairly old, but this is more to students/parents who are considering Algebra 1 in 7th grade for their child or themselves, I'm a sophomore In Honors Pre-Calculus, I got a C in Algebra 1 when I took it in 7th grade, C in Geometry, and C in Algebra 2/Trig Honors in 9th. I also had a C in 6th grade math but that is because I was lazy in 6th grade and they put me in Algebra 1 because I passed the Algebra readiness test they gave us an had good state test scores and aptitude scores and etc. Anyways, what I have found is that, some kids are fine without pre-algebra, but some aren't. But here is a list of things I think you should know before taking Algebra 1.

1) Order of Operations, you may know this as PEMDAS or GEMA or GEMS based on how teachers may have taught you. This is a must to know for success in algebra, in fact I would argue in the most important concept to know for algebra.

2)Rules of how negative an positive numbers work.

3)Understanding of absolute value, and number lines.

4)Understanding of variables.

5)HOW TO MANIPULATE NUMBERS, this is probably the next most important thing after PEMDAS, you need to know how to move numbers to different sides of the equation.

6)How to plot graphs and have a knowledge of what slope is.


7)Understand Exponents

This is stuff you should know, it won't show up until Geometry, but it isn't taught in Algebra 1 and you should have learned it in Pre-Algebra.

1)Pythagorean Theorem, not only will you need this for Geometry, but you will use this through Algebra 2, Trig, Pre-Calc, and most likely Calculus.

2)Know about Equilateral, Scalene and Isoscoles Trianges, these will be important throughout your math life.


Also, make sure you aren't afraid to ask for help, and even get a tutor if you feel it is needed. Also make sure that you are able to do math under a timed test, when I took math, starting in Algebra 2/Trig Honors, we would be given 35-40 question tests and be given 50 minutes to take it, and whatever you don't finish is wrong. These weren't exactly quick problems, what you may think is hard in Algebra 1, this would be an example Theorem in Pre-Calc known as the difference quotient.

F(x+h)-F(x)
______________
h




Sep 16, 2013
Prealgebra or Algebra I
by: Anonymous

As a teacher who has taught Algebra I found that my most successful students had Prealgebra in the 7th grade. The majority of my students who chose to skip Prealgebra tended to struggle.

Aug 10, 2013
Math
by: Anonymous

Ok so I'm going into intro to algebra for 7 grade, 1 step below algebra 1, one above 7 grade math. You can be recommended for algebra at my school,
But have no choice for intro or 7 grade, you're placed based on csts. Math isn't my strongest subject,
And to me intro looks kind've difficult. Ask ur son if he thinks he can handle it. Also look at his test scores and class performance in past years. If he's struggling in any other subjects, I don't recommend it even though math is something he's good at.

Jul 22, 2013
Algebra
by: Anonymous

I am in ninth grade and i took geometry in 8th and algebra in 7th and pre algebra in 6th. Pre algebra was very easy and my course path is great. Im in honors algebra 2 now and i believe take the classes that you can handle.

Jul 14, 2013
Algebra 1
by: Anonymous

I just finished the standard 6th grade math class. And Im taking Algebra 1 in 7th grade. Pre-Algebra is not very helpful and if you do math easily than i would for sure take Algebra 1.

Jun 03, 2013
Pre-algebra
by: Anonymous

I may be an anomaly but I found pre algebra easy, even as a 4th grader. From an objective viewpoint, pre algebra helps you understand some of the more difficult algebra topics, but imo it is not necessary. However, some of my classmates, who acheived 95+ in math last year, now find themselves with a median of about 85.


Source: This year i finished up to Algebra 2 and am now in pre-calculus

Mar 17, 2013
It's a big descision
by: Anonymous

Hi, I'm a seventh grader who takes Algebra 1. It is a 9th grade class. Pre-Algebra is 8th grade math, and Math 7 is for seventh graders. I never took Pre-Algebra, just regular 6th grade math last year. I got straight A's. Algebra 1 was assigned to me, but I have to admit it was easy in the beginning. But now (it's the end of the year), it's getting hard. Sometimes it just gets overwhelming and you feel like giving up. Sometimes you get it and you feel so good about youself and proud that you have made it so far. If you want, you can go to Algebra 1 and test it out. My school lets you change classes within the first two weeks. Check ou the later chapters of the book. Make the right descison, because it will affect the rest of your kid's life. By 10th grade they will be taking college classes. Think about it.

Mar 05, 2013
I have a Question?
by: Gianna E.

Im still kind of confused

Mar 05, 2013
I Have Question?
by: Gianna E.

Um.. i go to a Engineeering and Science Magnet School and i was wondering is pre-algebra the 7th grade curriculim or 8th grade curriculim

Mar 03, 2013
Pre algebra
by: Destin

Pre algebra is very easy , you should do it .

Mar 02, 2013
Go ahead
by: Andrew

I'm currently in 6th grade right now, and am taking algebra 1 in school. Pre algebra never really helped prepare me for algebra 1, so I think skipping it would not cause a great deal of harm. If math comes easily to your child, I think your son should definitely go to algebra 1.

Feb 06, 2013
Algebra
by: Anonymous

i'm also in 7th grade and i take Pre-Algebra 7th it's really not hard i got a A+

Jan 27, 2013
Well
by: L.H.

I'm in 7th grade and I'm taking Algebra 1, I also skipped Pre-Algebra. I think it's not really important to take Pre-Algebra if you're already good at math.

Jan 18, 2013
Algebra
by: Anonymous

I am in 8th grade and I am taking Algebra 1 which is 9th grade math and I didn't have the offer to take pre-algebra but I am still doing very well, so it depends on the persons mathematical abilities I guess.

Jan 16, 2013
No
by: NerdPride

No you don't, am in 7th grade, and when I was in 6th grade, we just did pre algebra because every 6th grader is supposed to take some of it in 6th, and in 7th, but I was to advanced so they put me in Algebra 1, with regular 8th graders, proving pre algebra is meant for 7th graders, but 7th graders can also be in Algebra 1 if to advanced.

Jan 15, 2013
Pre-algebra or not
by: Anonymous

I am a seventh grade algebra 1 student. I had to take pre-algebra in sixth grade. I think he has to take pre-algebra first before algebra unless he skips a grade because the math levels go in a specific order. Hope that helps.

Jan 09, 2013
7th grade algebra
by: Anonymous

dear mrs. kim< im in seventh grade and enrolled in pre-algebra, but we also use algebra 1. it just depends on how well he can grasp the concept and the math.

Jan 07, 2013
THE TRUTH
by: Anonymous

Hi mrs kim i am in 7th grade algebra 1 and have never took pre alebra

Jan 07, 2013
THE TRUTH
by: Anonymous

Hi mrs kim i am in 7th grade algebra 1 and have never took pre alebra

Dec 26, 2012
Pre Algebra or Algebra 1
by: Anonymous

I am a 6th grader, and I am taking a pre-algebra class. I got into that class by getting top marks in math in elementary school. I know middle school is completely different from elementary school, but if your son can handle it, you can enroll him in Algebra 1. But Pre-Algebra teaches the skills you need to have for Algebra 1. Algebra 1 is more complicated than Pre-Algebra, and I know from experience. My teacher goes quick and fast, and if you don't know how to keep up, you'll fail in her class. Algebra 1 isn't all made up of fractions, facts, and decimals, like your son knows well. In Pre-Algebra, you learn about variables in equations,how to solve them, and I'm sure many more. If your son knows how to solve this equation: 495=150+3p , then good job to him. But be warned, this is a simple pre-algebra equation.

Dec 18, 2012
for real
by: Amane :)

I AM A 7TH GRADER AND PROUD TO BE IN PRE-ALGEBRA

Dec 18, 2012
for real
by: Amane :)

I AM A 7TH GRADER AND PROUD TO BE IN PRE-ALGEBRA

Dec 05, 2012
ANSWER!
by: Anonymous

Yes, I am pretty sure most schools have people take pre algebra before algebra 1. I am a 6th grader and I'm in the advanced class. I overheard my teacher talking to a 7th grader about being in Algebra 1 next year. (he was in the middle class) He asked her if he was able to go to algebra 1 next year, but she said it wouldn't be possible without going to pre algebra, but he could with doing lots of work over the summer.
I recommend no, but if he is homeschooled and you teach him then go right ahead, but it will probably be pretty challenging

Dec 03, 2012
hi
by: Anonymous

Im a sixth grader in geometry. Used to be in algebra 1 moved recently. For a SEVENTH grader id say alg 1.

Nov 13, 2012
Go for it!
by: Anonymous

I am a 7th grader in alg1. Definetly let your son try it! It is a great experience.

Nov 13, 2012
Go for it!
by: Anonymous

I am a 7th grader in alg1. Definetly let your son try it! It is a great experience.

Nov 08, 2012
help test
by: ALexis

HI im a 7 gader i need help on my test.

Nov 01, 2012
Hobbling along
by: Anonymous

Hi, I am a real life 7th grader in alg1 and I am STRUGGLING. Did not go in ANY GATE CLASSES in elementary school and I capitalized that bcuz if ur child DID NOT GO IN GATE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ALGEBRA 1will most likely b hard for them bcuz there are so many standards and bases they HAVE NOT COVERED. I m going to prealghon now, I have a C- in algebra right now. DO NOT LET UR KID STRUGGLE LIKE ME. I DON NOT BLAME MY PARENTS, I am the first child of two and they did not know much bout the whole gate thing. Hope this helps.

Nov 01, 2012
Hobbling along
by: Anonymous

Hi, I am a real life 7th grader in alg1 and I am STRUGGLING. Did not go in ANY GATE CLASSES in elementary school and I capitalized that bcuz if ur child DID NOT GO IN GATE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ALGEBRA 1will most likely b hard for them bcuz there are so many standards and bases they HAVE NOT COVERED. I m going to prealghon now, I have a C- in algebra right now. DO NOT LET UR KID STRUGGLE LIKE ME. I DON NOT BLAME MY PARENTS, I am the first child of two and they did not know much bout the whole gate thing. Hope this helps.

Oct 18, 2012
ALGEBRA
by: ALI

3[t-3]+5[t-5]=4t-2

Oct 11, 2012
Not everyone is ready in algebra 1
by: Anonymous

I am an Algebra teacher and I teach extended classes including 7th graders in Algebra 1. Here is my observation. Some students who have not gotten a D in their previous math classes have a possibility of getting a D or F in Algebra 1. Even students who took Pre-Algebra, some of them are not yet ready in Algebra 1. Being smart is is just one of the factor to become successful in Math. A student should also be hard working and has academic support at home. Sometimes, from my observation, it is a parent's decision because of prestige without even considering the student's readiness to take higher level math. I have seen students crying and being upset because of the challenges in Algebra 1, and then later on, an then, in the long run, loss their interest in math

To answer your question, aside from Pre-Algebra is a must before taking Algebra 1, Mathematical maturity is also an important factor to become successful not only in Algebra 1 but also in the higher math level.


Oct 04, 2012
math
by: isaya.minani

how do you create math website?

Sep 24, 2012
go for it
by: Anonymous

i am a 9th grader and i am going into geometry

Sep 24, 2012
go for it
by: Anonymous

i am a 9th grader and i am going into geometry

Sep 17, 2012
try it
by: Anonymous

You should try algebra 1. I'm in 6th grade and doing geometry. Take challenges!

Sep 05, 2012
Algebra 1 or PRe algebra
by: Maya

Hey Kim! I am a 7th grader in algebra 1. I felt completely lost without pre algebra, but now my grades are improving little by little. You should let your son take the opportunity to be in Algebra 1 now because although he might fail, he will have another chance next year, and be back on the same track with his friends. If he does get good grades, awesome! I'm amazed how they are letting many 7th graders have a chance to be one step ahead of their classmates. Let him do Algebra 1 and if you see him slacking behind, get him a tutor! Since Akgebra 1 is for eighth grade, my school doesn't have 9th grade math because they barely offered this this year. If his schools like mine, he will get a zero period in the high school, and for 1 of his 6 periods, he will probably be a teachers aid or some sort of help for staff. Hope this helped! best of luck (:

Sep 04, 2012
give it a shot
by: Anonymous

no you do not have to take pre algebra i say start him in algebra 1 he's smart right

Sep 04, 2012
seventh grader
by: Anonymous

hi i'm in seventh grade and am taking algebra 1 this year and didn't even take pre algebra in sixth i'm really excited to go on to geometry ,algebra 2 and calculos

Aug 27, 2012
Pre-Algebra or Algebra?
by: 7th Grader

Algebra and Pre-Algebra are definitely 2 very different topics at my school. I did Pre-Algebra last year in 6th grade and I had to take a test to enter honors math, (algebra) which includes algebra 1 and 2 and 3 if that even exists, and I got in. If your son did Pre-Algebra, i sugest he takes the test to enter. Some schools have algebra 1 for the seventh grade and algebra 2 for eighth but as far as i know, my school does everything that involves algebra 1 year and then if you're in advanced the next you do geometry/trigenometry. So I'm assuming at different schools there is a different level of difficulty in different grades, depending if they put algebra 1 and 2 together or not. I'd research at your son's school for answers. His math teacher should know whether or not her should join.

Aug 22, 2012
Algebra 1
by: Anonymous

Hi Kim!
I am going to go to seventh grade in about a week! Your son would have to take the Algebra Readiness Test in order to get into Algebra Honors class! Algebra 1 isn't that hard! I took the test myself, and I got into Algebra Honors! If you want to challenge your son to be a math pro, Algebra 1 is the choice! If you think he isn't ready, maybe you should just let him go to regular classes and it will be okay! The class I prefer is Algebra 1 though! Good luck!

Aug 19, 2012
Crazy
by: Anonymous

So I am going to 7th grade next year and I am taking algebra 1. I was a really good math student in 6th grade. All a+ and one a. But I didn't take a test. I think my teacher put me in that course. Also I did a math program called aleks and finished pre algebra on it, so I have some exp. but still you have to study a lot in math.

Aug 11, 2012
Pre Algebra First!!!
by: Anonymous

I'm going into 7th grade and I'm taking Algebra 1. Last year I took Pre-Algebra. Pre-Algebra prepared me for Algebra 1. I would highly recommend putting her into Pre-Algebra before Algebra 1.

Aug 10, 2012
..
by: Anonymous

Usually, There is a test given in which the student is decided if they should be in Pre-algebra or take another test to determine whether they should be in Algebra 1. The test is not the only thing that determines their entry. They also take into account the child's CST scores from 6th grade. When I took it, ("m now in 8th grade and in Algebra 2.) they didn't take the grades into much account. It was mainly based on current progress rather than what we'd had in the past.

Aug 07, 2012
Super Smart
by: Seventh Grader!!!

Im taking algebra 2 this year im a seventh grader and I didnt even take algebra 1! Surprised me! Im not even gifted!!!!

Aug 03, 2012
Whatever's best.
by: Anonymous

I'm going into Algebra 1 honors in 7th grade, but I heard someone who's going into 8th grade and has to take pre-algebra. If he's up to doing hard homework, but also a high school class, he should go for it! If he doesn't feel ready for algebra, take pre-algebra.

Aug 01, 2012
Algebra 1 or Pre- Algebra
by: Anonymous

I had all A's in 6th grade in honors math and now I'm trying to decide whether i should take pre-algebra or algebra. I want the challenge but, don't want to go in clueless. Will i be completely loss without pre-algebra.

Aug 01, 2012
Algebra 1 or Pre- Algebra
by: Anonymous

I had all A's in 6th grade in honors math and now I'm trying to decide whether i should take pre-algebra or algebra. I want the challenge but, don't want to go in clueless. Will i be completely loss without pre-algebra.

Jul 26, 2012
sam
by: Anonymous

please help im so curious im going to seventh grade and wondering based on what i did in sixth grade i exceed the math crct and had about a 82 about 3/4 of the year i was bad at time with my teacher will i be able to go to a honors math class

Jul 17, 2012
Algebra or Pre Algebra
by: Anonymous

Dear people,
I think that personally, pre-algebra should be done in sixth grade and not seventh grade. If you want to excel, this is how you should do your math courses:
6th grade- Pre Algebra
7th Grade- Algebra 1
8th Grade- Geometry
9th grade- Algebra 2
10th grade- Either Algebra 3 or Pre Calculus
11th Grade- Pre Cal if you took Algebra 3 and if you took Pre Calculus then take Calculus
12th grade- Calculus if you took pre calculus the year before and if you took calculus then take statistics
You might think that by looking at this, your math is rushed. But if you take one year to do each and every topic, you won't feel rushed. I promise. My sibling took it that way and she was just fine.

Jul 16, 2012
Algebra 1
by: Anonymous

Well I'm going to eighth grade this year and at my school students who got a 4 on the math EOG in sixth or seventh grade had to take a test to see if we could be in algebra 1 the next year. Out of about 25 sixth graders 11 of us passed. My algebra class had 22 people in all and at the end of year everyone passed with 4's except two people who got 3's. I was 7 points from getting a perfect score and got a perfect score on my regular math EOG. I suggest that any kids who excel in school be in higher classes to get them better opportunities later on.

Jul 02, 2012
question
by: sam

Im going into the 7th grade and i was pretty good in math in sixth grade except for one part of year,but i exceeded the math crct would i be heading to a standerd math class or a accelerated one

Jun 20, 2012
Normal??
by: Emily

I'm a 7th grader and I was automatically put in the pre-algebra in 6th grade and I'm now in algebra 1. After algebra I'm going straight into geometry which is advanced for 8th graders.

Jun 20, 2012
Normal??
by: Emily

I'm a 7th grader and I was automatically put in the pre-algebra in 6th grade and I'm now in algebra 1. After algebra I'm going straight into geometry which is advanced for 8th graders.

May 29, 2012
Help!!!
by: Anonymous

Well.....i am a 6th grader in warm springs elemantary who qualifies to take a math placement test to see if i qualifiy for algebra 1.I have been told to study hard for the test beacause if i pass it will it will affect my college credits in a good way.i need some good sites or workbooks referances in order to study.so if you know any please anwser!!!!

Apr 11, 2012
Algebra 1 is the way to go!
by: Anonymous

Well, im in 6th grade and in triganometry.. i think you should start your son in algebra 1. pre algebra is not as important as it seems, do what you want to do he is your son but it sounds a lot like he can catch on fast so if i were you i would just have him jump into algebra 1. Good luck!

Apr 01, 2012
test
by: Anonymous

Does that mean that I should study for Algebra instead of Pre-Algebra when the cst are coming up?

Feb 07, 2012
adv. math 7
by: Anonymous

Well I am in algebra 1 in 6th grade. Algebra 1 moves at a speedy pace. at first you will be doing something and the next day you will be doing somethingelse. I would recommend adv. math 7. This will help in 7th and 8th.so he will be ready for A1. But this moves fast because they cover two years of math. But if he jumps to automatic a1 he will miss alot of math concepts. So therefore he should take adv math 7.

Dec 06, 2011
algebra
by: Anonymous

i am in honers pre algebra and i am in 6th grade
it is not very hard so start asap

Nov 21, 2011
Algebra 1
by: Anonymous

I am in 7th grade and I am taking Algebra 1. Algebra 1 should be taken in 7th grade because it will prepare your son for high school and college, and I heard that Pre-Algebra is easy. Also, Algebra 1 is easy.

Nov 09, 2011
Algebra 1
by: Anonymous

My son is in 7th grade and in Algebra 1 Honors. My son is also very good at math. Most schools have placement tests to get their students into different levels. It's a great oppertunity and I really recommend it...

You need to study hard and do your homework. My son got an A in the class with those habbits.

Oct 08, 2011
grade 7 honors student.
by: smarticles123

hi im in 7th grade and am in an honors program. the teacher has 4 alg. 1 honors classes and 1 pre-alg honors class that im in for kids who are smart but math isn't their strongest point. i started off in alg 1 honors. even though i had a b minus the teacher realized alg 1 was too difficult and she put me in pre-alg honors. talk to the teacher 2 see which is right. if your gifted but decide 2 be in pre-alg get i honors pre-alg for the extra integration

Aug 21, 2011
My Opinion
by: A 7th Grader

It depends on your son. I'm in 7th grade currently, and in Algebra 1. It might be a bit different for me since I'm assuming your son is home-schooled, plus where I live, elementary school goes to 6th grade and middle school starts in 7th grade.

I agree wth Karin's post; a test is a good idea to make sure. If the math your son is taking is too easy for him and not a challenge of all, then Algebra will probably be better. Anything you can do without trying can easily get monotonous over time. Plus, if he takes Algebra now, I'm pretty sure he'll have a few college credits by the time he graduates high school.

Personally, I find that Algebra 1 is easy for me, even without Pre-Algebra. Maybe you can try having him take Pre-Algebra for a week or two before deciding.

Aug 19, 2011
Algebra Readiness
by: Anon

Im going into 7th grade and i got into algebra readiness and sme of my class mates got into pre-algebra..is algebra readines a bad thing or a good thing? Thank you.

Aug 16, 2011
Algebra
by:

Well,I Started Pre-algebra in 6 grade. I took algebra I in 7th grade. Algeba 1 is not so hard.
Its's preety easy, if you study and pay attention in class. Only different about algebra 1 ,is that you have to study linear systems,ploynomials
quadratic systems, and you have to study little bit about trig functions. It's little different than pre-algebra. It's not that hard.
I think you should go straight to algebra 1

Jul 25, 2011
pre Algebra
by: Anonymous

Hi um I just wanted to know if Pre-Algebra the smart group the middle group or the dumb group plz anwser my question

Jul 08, 2011
question
by: Anonymous

Is Seventh Grade Math also known as Algebra 1 or Pre Alegbra

Jul 08, 2011
pre algebra
by: Anonymous

i took pre algebra in sixth grade,and im moving on to algebra 1.if your kid is strong in math,then you are gonna want to start with pre algebra,or algebra will make no sense.

Aug 26, 2010
Algebra 1 or Pre-Algebra for 7th grader
by: Karin

Pre-Algebra is more of a standard class for 7th grade. If the child can leave middle school with a solid foundation in Algebra 1, then they will be better prepared for high school.

However, if your child is struggling, slow down and work at their pace. If you try to push them through, then they really struggle with Algebra and the higher level math classes.

It's best to build a solid foundation and have your child be confident in their math ability, rather than to push them through just to stay "on grade level".

I hope this helps,
Karin

Aug 26, 2010
PRE alegbra
by: Anonymous

is prealgebra a advanced math for a 7th grader

Dec 16, 2009
Pre-algebra or Algebra 1
by: Karin

Kim,
Thank you for using the homeschool forum. Depending on your son's math ability level, you could start a Pre-Algebra curriculum or Algebra 1 curriculum. There are many students in the public school system, who take a 6th grade math course that concentrates on Pre-algebra skills. These students then go on to take Algebra 1 in 7th grade. These students are typically the GT students. There are also many students who are performing at grade level who take Pre-algebra in 7th grade and Algebra 1 in 8th grade.

I would have your son take the Algebra Readiness Test. It can be found at: http://www.algebra-class.com/algebra-readiness-test.html. If he does well, then I would try an Algebra 1 curriculum. Take a look through the Algebra 1 units on the Nav Bar to get an idea of the skills that are studied in Algebra 1.

Before you start an Algebra 1 curriculum, please make sure that your son knows the integer rules! This is one extremely important concept that will be used continuously throughout Algebra 1!

If you have any other questions, please let me know!

Wishing you the best,
Karin Hutchinson

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