I am worried about math for my 10th grade son. He has struggled in math for years. Due to some research about dyslexia in my younger son, I stumbled upon something called dyscalculia. I am wondering if my 10th grader has this and how it will affect his chances at getting into a college. My question is, do they really need algebra and geometry to graduate?
Thank you for your help,
~ Michelle in Oregon
There are ways of teaching algebra and geometry in a very basic way. It is not uncommon for good schools to offer 3 levels of each of these subjects. The key is finding the right curriculum as well as a tutor to support him. A tutor who has experiences with learning disabilities, particularly math, can make a world of difference. I have had great success in teaching math to students who thought they could not learn it. Another reason for trying is to keep options open regarding colleges and careers. Good luck!
Here's an idea for Michelle in Orgeon:
Perhaps try to find a tutor who could tutor your son with the sole aim of passing the College Mathematics CLEP test. That perhaps would only take a few months -- not years of Algebra and Geometry. Check out more information about CLEP testing at the College Board website: http://clep.collegeboard.org/exam
While I won't say that all colleges require those levels of math, as a homeschooling mom who is trying to get a kid into college this coming fall, I can tell you that all the schools we're applying to certainly do require not only algebra I & geometry, but algebra II as well. I'd say for the *most* part, the answer is yes.
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