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TPS Math Courses – Be prepared and confident in Math!

“This course was a perfect balance between a challenging new math class and a review of all the math I had learned in school so far.”  TPS high school math student

U.S. high school students rank in the bottom 1/4 to 1/2 (exact ranking depends on the study) in math achievement compared to other developed countries. This data is reflected in current studies by the International Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the U.S. National Assessment of Educational Progress, and PEW Research. It is also reflected consistently in these and similar studies going back at least two decades. This is not just a “public education” problem — U.S. private school and homeschool students perform no better as statistical groups.

TPS has been teaching math since 1997. Our students live all around the world, including the top countries in the studies. Our students consistently earn top math scores U.S. and worldwide (e.g., AP® exams). Over more than two decades, the comment we still hear most often from our former math students is that they were fully prepared for all the math they encountered in college and beyond.

Why are TPS Math students so prepared and confident in Math?
  • TPS Math teaches math concepts, not just math problems. (If you learn the concepts, not just the problems, you can work familiar and unfamiliar problems anytime.)
  • TPS teaches all the concepts needed for later math, science, and social sciences. (Math courses for home study often omit content to make the course shorter or easier — but this is content you need later in other courses or fields.)
  • TPS reviews, tests, and retests math concepts regularly in a steady upward progression that promotes real learning and confident retention. (No one likes math tests, but regular testing of math concepts with expert teacher evaluation is necessary to ensure the concepts are truly learned and retained.)

Math is a discipline of concepts that build sequentially upon each other. TPS excels in teaching math so students truly learn and retain the concepts for application in standardized tests, other courses, higher math study, and real-life problem-solving.

Why choose TPS Math classes over other options?
  • Full scope math classes grades 4 through 12
  • Standard and Honors Math levels
  • Top scores worldwide on AP Calculus BC, AP Calculus AB and AP Statistics exams
  • Dual college credit option in College Math, Precalculus, and Calculus (AB and BC)
  • Solid foundation in Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2 for SAT, ACT and higher math and science
  • Summer math classes available to prepare students for TPS courses taught during the regular school year.
Does a good math foundation matter for a student who is not going to need math in college or career?

Most people are surprised to learn where Algebra, Geometry and even much of Algebra 2 show up in other fields and careers, including design careers, social studies research, field work, and medical support and health careers — just to name a few. This is why colleges require that the student have a good foundation in math through Algebra 2, and SAT/ACT tests include math through Algebra 2.

Whether you have a strong enthusiastic math student or a reluctant one, do him or her a favor (even if it’s not fun) and help your student get a solid math education through at least Algebra 2. After that, he or she can decide where to go with (or without) math, but at least the options won’t have been limited back in high school.

TPS offers a solid standard (non-honors) math track suitable for all students, including the student who may never take Precalculus. We also offer an honors math track for students who are “good at math” or who like math or who probably will take Precalculus. You can even start on one track and switch to the other, but either way you will learn the math you need for whatever comes after.

What Others Are Saying

“This course was amazing. The concepts that had frightened me in past years were explained clearly and in detail. I feel much more prepared for future math courses with knowledge of the course’s material. The specific problems that were chosen from the textbook helped strengthen and challenge our understanding of what we’d just learned. And the online material helped to review and re-iterate the concepts, with helpful tools to guide us along the way. I would recommend this course to others seeking to extend their math skills and prepare themselves for higher levels of math.” TPS high school math student

Read what other students and parents have to say about TPS math classes.

TPS Math Classes

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Elementary Math (before Pre-Algebra)

TPS offers Elementary Math (i.e, Math prior to Pre-Algebra) in two tracks: Accelerated and Fundamentals. Both tracks are thorough preparation for Pre-Algebra, the transitional course that bridges a student from concrete to abstract in preparation for Algebra and beyond.

TPS Math Accelerated is based on the Singapore Math curriculum, which introduces more advanced topics a little sooner. Our testing has shown that students who do well in TPS Math Accelerated 6 are prepared to go straight to Algebra, effectively skipping a year of Math.

TPS Math Fundamentals is based on the Math Mammoth curriculum, highly regarded for its rigor and accessibility. It thoroughly prepares a student for the crucial transition of Pre-Algebra, which also uses the Math Mammoth curriculum.

Accelerated: More advanced topics in greater depth

Grade 4: Math Accelerated 4
Grade 5: Math Accelerated 5
Grade 6: Math Accelerated 6
Note: Strong Math Accelerated 6 students may skip Pre-Algebra and go straight to Algebra.

Fundamentals: Solid foundation for Pre-Algebra or Pre-Algebra (Honors)

Grade 5-6: Math Fundamentals 5
Grade 6-7: Math Fundamentals 6

Pre-Algebra through college-level Math

Pre-Algebra is the transitional course that bridges a student from concrete to abstract in preparation for Algebra and beyond. TPS offers math from Pre-Algebra through Calculus in two tracks: Honors and Standard.

TPS Honors and Standard tracks are both thorough preparation for college and career. Honors courses go deeper into some topics, assign some harder problems in homework and tests, and add a few more topics — all designed to better prepare a student for Calculus. Honors class lectures and discussions move a little faster and spend a little less time on review. Though Honors courses are ideal for preparing for Calculus, students who do well in the Standard courses will also be prepared to do well in Precalculus and Calculus. Students who start in one track can switch tracks later if needed, based on grades or changing academic goals.

TPS offers a wide range of options after Algebra 2, including Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics, or College Math (Quantitative Reasoning). TPS Precalculus and Calculus BC and AB are eligible for college dual credit.

Honors: Prospective Math/Science majors or other students preparing for Calculus

Grade 6-7 (Summer before Pre-Algebra): Pre-Algebra Prep Camp (Math 6 Review)
Grade 6-7: Pre-Algebra (Honors)
Grade 7-8 (Summer before Algebra): Algebra Prep Camp (Pre-Algebra Review)
Grade 7-8: Algebra (Honors)
Grade 8-9 (Summer before Geometry): Summer Algebra Review
Grade 8-9: Geometry (Honors)
Grade 9-10 (Summer before Algebra 2): Algebra Review, Geometry Review (will be made available if there are sufficient requests)
Grade 9-10: Algebra 2 (Honors)
Grade 10-11 (Summer before Precalculus): Algebra 2 Review
Grade 10-11: Precalculus (Honors)
Grade 11-12: Calculus AB, Calculus BC (AB Review), Calculus BC (AB Full)

Standard: Prospective Social Science or liberal Arts majors, or students preparing for AP Statistics or college-level Quantitative Reasoning or Trigonometry (Precalculus)

Grade 7-8 (Summer before Pre-Algebra): Pre-Algebra Prep Camp (Math 6 Review)
Grade 7-8: Pre-Algebra
Grade 8-9 (Summer before Algebra): Algebra Prep Camp (Pre-Algebra Review)
Grade 8-9: Algebra
Grade 9-10 (Summer before Geometry): Summer Algebra Review
Grade 9-10: Geometry
Grade 10-11 (Summer before Algebra 2): Algebra Review, Geometry Review (will be made available if there are sufficient requests)
Grade 10-11: Algebra 2
Grade 11-12 (Summer): Algebra 2 Review
Grade 11-12: Precalculus, College Math (Quantitative Reasoning), AP Statistics
Grade 12: Calculus AB

Related Courses

To find more details on these and related courses, please select the “Math” category in our Course Catalog.