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Hi Karen! I've taught at schools that do it in just about every combination, including integrated curricula that intermingle the algebra and geometry in various ways. I agree with you that the algebra skills do develop more strongly when you have two years of algebra back-to-back. However, it's been my experience that the intervening year of geometry tends to make the algebra skills pretty rusty. Only a few of the most fundamental skills (solving simple equations, maybe solving quadratics, graphing lines, solving systems of two linear equations) have any chance of getting reinforced in the geometry course. The students coming into Pre-calculus straight out of Algebra II seem to have the algebra skills fresher in their minds, so they're more ready to continue into all the fancy graphing techniques they need to learn. On the other hand, the geometry courses I've taught have all included at least a little trigonometry near the end of the year, and it might be nice to have that experience immediately before moving onto the precalculus-with-trig course. As you can tell, I have no clear opinion on which is better, but I hope my maundering have given you some ideas of the plusses and minuses of each plan! -Joshua, for the T2T service
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