Honors Algebra 2 | 2022-23

Blue Tent Algebra 2

In this live, online Honors Algebra 2 class, homeschoolers have multiple live meeting opportunities available each week:​

  • Live Class: Students will meet live with their instructor and classmates for 90 minutes once a week, and these interactive problem-solving sessions will include examples offered by the instructor, small-group collaboration, and plenty of time to ask questions.

  • Optional Study Halls: In addition to the live 90-minute class, the instructor will offer three live study halls each week. Students can utilize these study halls in two ways:

    • Drop in. They can drop in to a Zoom study hall at any time for a quick question.

    • Homework time. They can log in to a Zoom study hall--with microphones muted and videos on or off--to work on their math homework, and then unmute to get immediate help when questions arise.

Why Take an Honors-Level Class?

Algebra 1 & 2 may be the most important math classes your student takes in high school. Our instructors have found that a strong Algebra underpinning is the single most important factor leading to future success in advanced math. Year in and year out, our AP Calculus instructor sees under-developed algebra skills as the most frequent reason that students struggle in her Calculus AB and Calculus BC classes.

  • At Blue Tent, our math instructors talk to each other. They work together to provide the foundational skills that students will need to succeed at the next level and beyond--making adjustments in their teaching when they see gaps or see the need for additional reinforcement.

  • Honors-level math classes are important to students pursuing admission to competitive colleges. No matter whether their future outlook is a humanities track or a STEM focus, they will want to demonstrate math rigor and proficiency throughout high school--all the way to AP Calculus or its equivalent.

Class Details

  • Honors Algebra 2 is a full-year class.

  • Tuition: $625

  • Instructor: Lindsey Thompson

  • Dates: August 18, 2022 to May 13, 2023.  See our FAQ for a complete list of days, times, and breaks.

  • Weekly Live Class: Thursday 12-1:30 p.m. Eastern 

  • Optional Live Study Halls:

    • Tuesday | 2-5 p.m. Eastern

    • Wednesday | 2-5 p.m. Eastern

    • Friday | 2-5 p.m. Eastern

    • The instructor will poll the class to make sure these times are optimal.

  • Grade level: 9th and up (successfully completed Algebra 1)

    • For age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and further recommendations for all classes, please see our FAQ .

  • Class size: 10-15

  • Course materials are listed HERE.

  • Format: Zoom and an online Moodle classroom. 

    • Students who attend live classes are requested to keep their webcams on and participate. 

    • Live classes will be recorded for those who miss classes or prefer to watch later.

  • Please note. After registering, a diagnostic test will be requested from new math students to help assure families that the class will be a good fit.​

  • CA students: this course is a-g approved if taken through some homeschool charters. See our FAQ.

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Foundational Elements

A typical week will open on Monday morning and close the following Sunday. The course is structured with multiple short lessons each week that include teacher-recorded video instruction, guided notes, and practice problems. Following this class pacing encourages daily, incremental learning and practice that helps students plan, manage their time, and come prepared to participate in the live weekly class. 

Each week will begin with an instructional note about concepts to come and a list of assignments.

  • Homework and quizzes will be assigned weekly, with some work completed directly on the website and some uploaded.

  • Weekly text-based discussion forums will encourage critical thinking and will apply math concepts to the real world.

  • Students will be offered more than one attempt on quizzes and tests, encouraging work toward mastery.

  • Some weekly assignments will offer immediate online feedback so that students can proceed at a pace that is optimal for them.

  • Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week on classwork (which includes the instructional videos and live class sessions).

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An Array of Resources

The class will use the 2018 edition of McGraw-Hill's Glencoe Algebra 2. (See the complete list of resources HERE.) This textbook offers clear, uncluttered instruction as well as real-world examples and explanations.

  • Digital resources include an ebook, supplementary videos, and links to on-the-spot explanations.

  • Interactive applications such as GeoGebra will help students visualize concepts.

  • A graphing calculator app will be used to teach students the various functions and techniques needed to efficiently solve equations on their calculators.

  • A hard-copy of the textbook can be borrowed through the Blue Tent OnLoan program if students wish to utilize both the online and print version of the text.

Test Prep

  • SAT and ACT prep will be interwoven as a regular part of weekly classwork.

  • The class will cover topics and concepts that have not traditionally been part of the Algebra and Geometry sequence but have appeared on recent SAT and ACT tests.

Collaborate. Learn. Enjoy Math!

Blue Tent's Honors Algebra 2 class helps students who are strong in math stretch in their critical thinking and real-world application of math concepts, and it helps those who wish to strengthen their skills to make the kinds of strides that will set them up for success in their future math and science classes.

 

Through targeted, teacher-produced recordings, live instruction, interactive resources, and instructor accessibility in study halls throughout each week, this course is designed to help students successfully learn and enjoy Algebra!