We faced a similar situation at our school with the students who take 2 years to complete Algebra. If there is no interest in the Advanced Regents Diploma, we are steering them into our Fundamentals of Alg2-Trig course as juniors, so they are exposed to the material they will see during their freshman year of college. The downfall is that Geometry is on the SAT, and they will not be prepared for those questions.
Seneca Falls, NY
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Robert Orchanian Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2011 1:53 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: GEOMETRY OR ALBREBRA II / TRIG FOR THE COLLEGE BOUND - Feedback needed
We have a fairly large number of Juniors who have just completed Algebra (5 semesters).
If these students are headed to college, but don't have enough of time to complete Geometry
and Algebra II / Trig, which of the 2 would you have them take?
My thinking is that if these students take Geometry, it might the last time they see it for the rest of their lives.
However, College Math (for most students) IS Algebra II / Trig.
(Even if they have to take Pre-College Math, again there's little Geometry.)