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What is the academic schedule for 202324FALL SEMESTER  2023 Classes start  14 August Fall break  2 October Thanksgiving break  20 November Classes end  4 December â€‹ SPRING SEMESTER  2024 â€‹ Classes start  8 January Midwinter break  12 February Spring break  25 March Classes end  29 Apr

What is the academic break schedule for 202324?202324 ACADEMIC YEAR â€‹ Fall break  2 October Thanksgiving break  20 November Winter/Christmas Break  11 December through 7 January Midwinter break  12 February Spring break  25 March

Are classes held on Mondays that are also holidays?Yes. We understand students may have family plans, which is why all classes are recorded and why class attendance is not mandatory (though strongly recommended). If students decide not to or cannot attend classes held on a Monday holiday, they are still responsible for the material covered in class  which can be found on the class website in the form of live class recording, individual lesson supplemental recordings, and recommended homework assignment scheduling.

Are students required to attend all classes?Absolutely not! Attendance is NOT taken in any of the classes, so students are free to attend or not attend as their schedules require. Students are still responsible for the material covered and homework assigned during the missed class(es), which is why recordings of the live classes are posted within 24 hours after the live class has finished.

What if students cannot attend any live classes?That's perfectly okay! About a quarter to onethird of our students attend classes asynchronously... which means we never see them in a live class (usually due to scheduling conflicts or time zone differences). Since the only main difference between attending live classes and watching the recordings is the abiity to chat live during class, these students tend to do just as well as their liveclass attending peers.

What platforms are used?We use Canvas for the student learning management system  where students will get their assignments, turn in homework, take tests, receive teacher feedback, collect grades, and communicate with the teacher and other students outside of class. We use Zoom! for the live class portion of these courses. Students will be able to see the teacher during class and have the ability to chat questions to the teacher and interact/engage during class via chat. Occasionally, students may be invited to work on the digital whiteboard or demonstrate something using webcam. Each live class is recorded and converted into an unlisted YouTube video. The link is then posted in Canvas as a private link for students to access throughout the academic year. Supplemental videos for each individual lesson are posted for students as unlisted, YouTube links in their corresponding week in Canvas.

Do you have a sample class recording?YES!! :) Here is a sample of a fairly typical class (the class after a test was given): https://youtu.be/WmhzKj8ww0I

Do you have a sample class syllabus?YES!! Here is an example of a fairly typical class schedule. This one is for Algebra 1 from 201718. If you would like a copy of a fully syllabus, email intake@mathmedicsplus.com.

Why do you use Saxon 3rd edition?Short answer by Ruth Cooper: I find the third edition to be more concise and focused on learning the techniques of algebra then the more distracting, overconflated fourth editions. Long answer by Ruth Cooper: In high school (I was homeschooled), we used the thirdedition Saxon Algebra 1 and 2 textbooks. Learning algebra is hard, regardless of the text used, but despite the intensity of the topics, the simplicity of topic presentation and noncluttered visual aspects of Saxon's textbooks contributed to a higher level of focus on the topics being learned. In 2014, I began to teach from the fourthedition Saxon Algebra 1 and 2 textbooks. My initial response was, "I don't like this edition." Unfortunately, that response isn't professionally recognized. As I set out deciding what to offer through my company that Fall, I decided to dig into WHY I disliked the fourth editions and, ultimately, why I would choose the third editions. First, the fourthedition algebra texts remind me of college textbooks  enormous, intimidating, and visually distracting. If these texts are complicated and confusing to one who has firm algebraic foundations, what help does that give a firsttime algebra student. Second, the problem sets are overwhelming with large numbers of arbitrarily complex "real world" problems and theoretical proof/verify problems. The realworld topics and numbers can be additionally confusing, distracting, and anxiety inducing. Third, the fourth edition inflated content by adding 374 pages (including 12 investigations and 11 calculator labs) to the original thirdedition count of 120 lessons. While there is benefit in learning to use a graphing calculator, the investigations (or minitorture sessions as we referred to them), are usually outside the scope of what the student is learning, even if related in some way. In summary, I think the fourth edition has strayed too far from John Saxon's original vision and methodology and has become more complicated and confusing... making it harder to focus on the mastery of algebra. Algebra is hard  there is no getting around that. Students' brains have to rewire as they learn to think in new ways and it's not always the most awesome experience. We can make it better. For that reason, I chose to offer the thirdedition algebra courses. I think there's a simpler, more direct way to learn... a way with less visual clutter, more tothepoint word problems, and more narrowly focused on pertinent algebra topics.

What comes after Algebra 1? Algebra 2 or Geometry?Our recommendation is usually to continue on into Algebra 2. If you have a student who struggled in Algebra 1, going directly into Algebra 2 can be the most merciful path since there will not be a "gap" caused by a year of Geometry. Because we use the third edition Saxon Algebra 2 text, it is better to go from Algebra 1 into Algebra 2 since the Algebra 2 textbook has half a credit of geometry already woven into it. The remaining half credit of geometry is accquired by completing the first half of Saxon's Advanced Mathematics textbook.

Do you teach how to use a graphing calculator?Yes. Becoming familiar with a graphing calculator is a necessary skill as students move through Algebra 2 and head toward SATs. Because the third edition Algebra 2 Saxon text has minimal instruction on how to use graphing calculators (mostly due to the year it was published), we have made important adjustments to that curriculum. Our Algebra 2 classes incorporate graphing calculator instruction via "labs" that have been set up for students to acquaint themselves with graphing calculators and how to use them.

Do students HAVE to get a graphing calculator?For PreAlgebra students... No. For Algebra 1 students... Highly recommended. For Algebra 2 students... Yes. For Geometry students... Yes. For Trigonometry students... Yes. Some of the homework, labs, and test questions will depend on using a graphing calculator.

What kind of graphing calculator do students need?You will need a TI83, TI84, TI84+, or similar model. It MUST have a graphing screen and be able to display at least two graphs on an xy coordinate plane (it has to be able to draw two lines on the screen at one time).

Can a student audit a class?Yes. With auditing, you will register and pay for the class, but the final grade will be "Audit."

What is auditing?Auditing a class is when a student has full access to every amenity and teacher feedback within a course and participates to the best of their ability, but finishes the year with a grade of "Audit" instead of a formal letter grade. Students who are earning a lowerthanexpected grade, are failing a course, or are wishing to experience the course without the weight of homework can select "Audit" as an option (Parental approval is required).

Can a student's final grade get changed to "Audit"?"Yes. With parental approval. If you would prefer a student's grade to show "Audit" rather than a letter grade, send an email to help@mathmedicsplus.com requesting audit status.

Do you offer payment plans?YES! We currently offer three payment plan options: OnePay  this is a onetime, payinfull option FourPay  payments are spread over four months (includes a small service fee) Monthly Pay  payments are spread over nine months (includes a small service fee) If, for some reason, a different plan is needed, we'll be more than happy to set you up with specialized billing... just email intake@mathmedicsplus.com with your request.

Do you offer an "early bird" rate?"Not really, but kind of. Current students are offered a discount (via email) if they register for the next course.

Do you offer coupons or additional discounts?Yes. We try to do at least one special or discount each year, but when they happen is unpredictable. Promotions will come out via our Facebook page. We do offer a sibling discount. $50 off each additional liveclass registration, $25 off each additional selfpaced registration.

Do you offer multiple student discounts?Yes. We take $50 off each additional live class registration ($25 for self paced). If one student is registered for a class, each student from the same family receives a $50 (or $25) discount per class.

Do you offer scholarships?Yes. Scholarships are funded by donations from generous donors and the amount available varies. Scholarships and what they cover vary based on the need in question. If you would like to apply/inquire for a scholarship with us, please send an email detailing your need/request to scholarship@mathmedicsplus.com. If you would like to become a donor or would like to provide an anonymous scholarship for a specific student, we would love to facilitate that for you... please send an email detailing your request to scholarship@mathmedicsplus.com

Do you accept donations for scholarships?Yes!! We love being able to provide scholarships to those in need and would welcome your donations!! Please contact us at scholarship@mathmedicsplus.com to make arrangements.

What are your refund policies?$150 is due at the time of registration for a twosemester class ($75 for a onesemester or selfdirected class) and is nonrefundable; this covers enrollment costs and reserves your seat. Balance of tuition is due in full by 15 July. Last day for course withdrawal and 50% refund is 31 Aug. No refunds will be made after 31 Aug (approximately two weeks into the course). Please note: enrollment in the any installment option means you have contracted with MathMedics+ to pay the full class amount as if it had been paid prior to the first class and you acknowledge you are responsible for paying the remaining tuition amount in full. If you should decide to withdraw during the first two weeks, the autodraw invoice will be adjusted to 50% of the original amount and will continue charging monthly until paid in full. If you should decide to withdraw from a class at any point after the 50% refund deadline of 31 Aug has elapsed, no refund will be available and your responsibility to pay in full will remain. The autodraw will continue charging monthly until paid in full.

What do I put on my high school transcript?The classes are straightforward until you get to the Algebra 2/Geometry entanglement. The third edition Algebra 2 book has half a credit of Geometry woven into it, which means, once the first 60 lessons of Advanced Mathematics are completed (another half credit of Geometry)... et viola  a full Geometry credit has been earned The fourth edition Algebra 2 book does NOT have geometry woven into it and a separate Geometry class would be required. Here are the suggestions we usually make for transcript creation purposes: Saxon Algebra 1/2  put "PreAlgebra" (1 credit) on the transcript Saxon Algebra 1 (3rd or 4th edition)  put "Algebra 1" (1 credit) on the transcript Saxon Algebra 2 (3rd edition)  WITHOUT moving on to the Advanced Mathematics book  put "Algebra 2" (1 credit) on the transcript  put "Geometry" (1/2 credit = 1 semester = not a complete course) on the transcript (if not moving on to the Advanced Mathematics book) Saxon Algebra 2 (3rd edition)  WITH moving on to the Advanced Mathematics book  put "Algebra 2" (1 credit) on the transcript Saxon Advanced Mathematics, Lessons 160  having completed Algebra 2 (3rd edition)  put "Geometry with Advanced Algebra" (1 credit) on the transcript Saxon Advanced Mathematics, Lessons 61125)  put "Trigonometry with PreCalculus" (1 credit) on the transcript Saxon Calculus  put "Calculus" (1 credit) on the transcript Further questions? Email help@mathmedicsplus.com.

Is your worldview Christian?Yes.

Do I have to be Christian to take classes?Not at all. We welcome all faiths and worldviews. Be aware some comments or remarks from other students or the teacher may contain Christian worldview content, but this company and its classes are NOT a platform for prosleytizing and there is no intent to do so. We hold that everyone is at a different place in their walk through life and just because individuals may currently hold differing perspectives, beliefs, or worldviews, this does not mean EITHER party is entitled to belittle, shame, or tear down the perspectives, beliefs, or worldviews of others who do not agree with them. Students/parents/teachers are entitled to their own opinions, beliefs, etc... math class is NOT the place to hash out those differences. Respect and civility is a high priority here. Bullying will not be tolerated.
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