All Freshmen will be tested to determine placement in Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1.
All 9th grade students who have taken Algebra 1 in the 8th grade will be required to take Algebra 1 again at BMA. Exception: if a student took Algebra 1 in the 8th grade for high school credit, they may challenge this policy and request to take an Algebra 1 Challenge Exam for credit. They must pass the exam with a 90% or better. A deadline for taking the exam will be set accordingly.
Algebra 1 – 10 credits
This course is designed to acquaint the student with literal expressions, equations, inequalities, polynomials and factoring, and systems of equations and solution of word problems. A scientific calculator is required. Check with instructor for recommended calculator. Prerequisite: Enrollment in this class is based on the score achieved on the Algebra Prognosis Test. The student must maintain a passing grade through first semester to continue in the class.
Algebra 2 – 10 credits
This course provides an extension of the skills learned in Algebra 1. Multi-variable equations, conic sections, logarithms, trigonometry and higher degree polynomials will be studied. A graphing calculator is required. See instructor for specific type. Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in Algebra 1 and Geometry.
Business Math – 10 credits
This course emphasizes basic math skills and business methods used by small businesses and homeowners. A calculator is required. Check with instructor for type of calculator needed. Note: Business Math may count towards the fulfillment of math graduation requirements for a General or Standard Diploma but not the Advanced Studies Diploma.
Geometry – 10 credits
This course helps the student think critically and apply logical reasoning to sequentially derive proofs and theorems. Several activities are designed to relate abstract concepts with real world applications. An inexpensive scientific calculator is required. Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in Algebra 1.
Pre-Algebra – 10 credits
Pre-Algebra emphasizes basic math skills that will strengthen a student’s foundational skills for higher math courses. Numeration, computations, fractions, ratio and proportions, and introduction to geometric and algebraic expressions will be covered. Calculators are NOT permitted in this class. A grade of C- or better is required to advance to Algebra 1 or Geometry. A grade lower than a C- will necessitate repeating Pre-Algebra or the Algebra Prognosis Test can be repeated to see if the necessary background has been achieved.
Pre-Calculus – 10 credits
This course covers analytical geometry, functions, logarithms, and extends the trigonometry studied in Algebra 2 and Geometry. A scientific, programmable graphing calculator is required. Check with instructor for specific recommendations. Prerequisite: C average in Algebra 1 & 2, and Geometry.