Why choose TPS Math classes?
- Top online math classes grades 4 through 12
- Top scores on AP Calculus BC, AP Calculus AB and AP Statistics exams
- Dual college credit 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
- Two levels of Math (Standard and Honors) in every grade
Are you familiar with the phrase “homeschool math”?
TPS began in 1997 by teaching math online to homeschoolers. We started with math because it was considered by most families to be the hardest to teach at home. Most at-home parents are not comfortable teaching math, particularly once you get to conceptual math (Algebra and up). The rapid early rise of homeschooling in the U.S. created a market for middle and high school math programs designed to be done by the average student at home. “Homeschool math” textbooks, workbooks and programs come in a lot of packages, but the basic approach is the same: remove the harder math concepts and reduce the rest to formulas. This is generally done by cutting out a lot of Geometry (sometimes so it is not even a separate course), which then allows some Algebra 2 to be cut as well, since a good Algebra 2 course requires Geometry and so should come after a full Geometry course.
Why does this matter to your student? TPS teaches one of the most effective Precalculus and Calculus programs available anywhere (check our AP scores). We get many applications for our Precalculus course from students who did not take our Algebra 2 or prior courses. We are forced to disapprove many of these (sending them to repeat Algebra 2 and/or Geometry) because there are too many holes in the prior math background.
But how does this matter if your student is going to be a non-math/science major and may never take Precalculus? You would be surprised 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 most colleges require that the student have taken math through Algebra 2, and SAT/ACT tests include math through Algebra 2.
This is also where the expression “homeschool math” comes from: the student who later realizes that he hasn’t had some of the math he needs and has to say “I didn’t learn that in my homeschool math.”
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 make sure he gets a solid math education through Algebra 2 that doesn’t cut out important math concepts or reduce them to formulas. 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 early 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.
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
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)
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 Algebra 2 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 (Honors) followed by Calculus BC or Calculus AB; 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: AB Calculus, BC Calculus
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 (Honors), College Math (Quantitative Reasoning), AP Statistics
Grade 12: AB Calculus
To find more details on these and related courses, please select the “Math” category in our Course Catalog.