Establishing solid mathematical study skills and iron clad problem-solving strategies is the mark of our Pre-algebra course at WHA. This course offers instruction that provides a strong foundation for students as they progress from a concrete understanding of basic math concepts to a deeper level of abstract comprehension of math principles and application. Students become proficient with order of operations, exponents, equation-solving, integers, basic geometry, ratio, proportion, percent, inequalities, graphing on the coordinate plane, area, volume, roots, basic probability, and statistics.
This is the first course in the Upper School Math sequence and best serves students who are ready to find solutions to math problems by relating them to what they already know through identifying patterns, observing differences, and asking questions. Students will be prepared for a rich Algebra I experience and beyond. They will gain a depth of subject understanding, a practice of thinking well mathematically, and a joy of understanding mathematics as a way of thinking about the world rather than just a collection of memorized facts.
New students in grade 7 who expect to take Algebra 1 in grade 8 (the advanced track in Math) are typically encouraged to take Pre-Algebra. Returning students who need more work on Grammar Math concepts presented in Math 6 should consider Math 7 as a stepping stone to either Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1 in the following year.