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 exceptionally well prepared for all the math they encountered in college and beyond.
Why are TPS Math students so prepared and confident in Math?
- TPS 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. (Many online or homeschool math courses omit content to make the course easier at home — 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 measurable learning and confident retention. (No one likes math tests, but regular testing of math concepts with expert teacher evaluation is beneficial 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® Exam, ACT® Exam, 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 — to name just a few. This is why colleges require that the student have a good foundation in math through Algebra 2, and SAT® and ACT® Exam 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.
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
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: Fundamentals and Accelerated.
Elementary Math – Fundamentals
- TPS Math Fundamentals is based on the Math Mammoth curriculum, highly regarded for its rigor and accessibility.
- Math Fundamentals prepare the student for Pre-Algebra (one year) or Math 7/8 (Pre-Algebra – two years).
Elementary Math – Accelerated
- TPS Math Accelerated is based on the Singapore Math curriculum, which introduces more advanced topics a little sooner.
- Students who do well in TPS Math Accelerated 6 are exceptionally well prepared for Pre-Algebra (one year) and then Algebra.
Pre-Algebra (Algebra Preparation)
- Pre-Algebra is the transitional course that bridges a student from concrete to conceptual in preparation for Algebra and beyond.
- Pre-Algebra is a thorough course that picks up where Math 6 ends and takes the student to where Algebra starts.
- For students who might find the pace of Pre-Algebra challenging, we encourage taking summer course Pre-Algebra Prep Camp (Math 6 Review) in the summer before Pre-Algebra and then Algebra Prep Camp (Pre-Algebra Review) in the summer after Pre-Algebra. This will provide a gentler on-ramp to Pre-Algebra and then to Algebra.
Algebra – Geometry – Algebra 2
TPS offers Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 in two options: Honors and Standard.
- Either option can go all the way to Calculus if that is the student’s goal.
- 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.
- Standard option is often used by:
- Prospective social science or liberal arts majors
- Students preparing for TPS AP Statistics, TPS College Math (Quantitative Reasoning), TPS Precalculus (College Trigonometry), or TPS Calculus AB.
- Honors option is often used by:
- Students preparing for TPS Calculus BC
- Students can mix options (e.g., take one honors and two standard, or any other combination) to suit their needs and goals.
Math After Algebra 2
TPS offers a wide range of options after Algebra 2, including Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics, or College Math (Quantitative Reasoning).
TPS Precalculus, Calculus AB, and Calculus BC are eligible for college dual credit.
- (Summer): Algebra 2 Review
- College Math (Quantitative Reasoning)
- AP Statistics
- Precalculus (College Trig)
- Calculus AB
To find more details on these and related courses, please select the “Math” category in our Course Catalog.
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