Pre-AP Algebra II (Period 1)

Course Description

The Pre-AP Algebra II course provides a more in-depth coverage of all the topics in regular Algebra II as well as the study and writing of algebraic proofs. Students are required to analyze and to extend their learning of the basic concepts. They are provided extensive and challenging higher-level applications and real-world problems. Students are expected to do independent study and research and to present their research in some visual manner. The use of current technology as problem-solving and discovery tools is integrated throughout the course whenever possible. This course is designed for the self-motivated, math-oriented student with a willingness to investigate mathematics and meets the requirements for G/T. The next recommended course is Pre-Calculus.
All pre-AP classes have in common these four shared principles: close observation, evidence-based writing, higher-order questioning, and academic conversation. Pre-AP learning emphasizes focused content, horizontal and vertical alignment, and targeted assessments and feedback. If we could express Pre-AP Algebra II as a single word, it would be “functions.” Specifically, we will look at the best ways to apply various functions (linear, quadratic, exponential, etc.) and connecting multiple representations. Students will not just be able to solve problems, but they will be able to discuss ideas and walk away with “enduring understandings” that will prepare them for math in their college classes or careers. We will be following the College Board framework and TEKS. Let me know if you would like more detailed information.