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Saxon Advanced Math on the Transcript

Saxon Advanced Math on the Transcript
With most math textbooks, it's easy to name your class for the homeschool transcript. "Algebra 1" on the textbook means the class title is "Algebra 1". Easy peasy, done!​ But, sometimes, the question comes from how do I give grades and credits. My class, A Homeschool Parent's Guide to Grades, Credits and Transcripts can help you figure that out, and get just the right information for your child's transcript.

The problem is what to do with Saxon Advanced Math. For those of you who don't know, my sons both loved the Saxon math curriculum, and used it against my better judgement. So I'm well aware of the pros and cons of their curriculum. What I want to talk about today, though, is how do you put it on the transcript.

Scope of the Problem
Did you know that Advanced Math was intended to take 1-1/2 years of school? Did you know that one book could be called pre-calculus? It can include one year of trigonometry and one semester of geometry? Further complicating the matter is that many parents give their children geometry first, before Advance Math. If you do that, then the publisher says Advanced math should take just one year of school.

Normal Family Quandary
The problem then, is that each parent may have their own path to completing the book. For example:
  1. They can take the course in two years​.
  2. They can take the course in three semesters.
  3. They can do the book in a single school year gaining credit for a full year of Geometry along with a semester credit for Trigonometry w/Advanced Algebra.
  4. They can take a separate geometry class, then complete Advanced Math in one year and call it "Pre-Calculus" for one credit​.

Half the Advanced Math Book
Art Reed is an expert on using Saxon Math. He has a helpful breakdown of the book. This is what he suggests.

  1. Use the title "Geometry with Advanced Algebra" (1 credit) after they have completed Advanced Mathematics lessons 1 - 60.
  2. Use the title "Trigonometry with Pre-Calculus (1 Credit) after they have completed Advanced Mathematics lessons 61 - 125.

Advanced Math Pro Tips
How can you possibly make a decision then? Take a deep breath. If your child has done Advanced Math, then they are doing GREAT in math, so you can't really mess them up. At the same time, you need to somehow explain that "Advanced Math" is somehow different than Math 8/7, or elementary math that younger kids take. Here is what I know.

  1. Colleges like to see the word "geometry" somewhere on the transcript.
  2. If your child has done Advanced Math, they are well prepared for college.
  3. Put on the transcript what you know to be honest and true.
If you are a hold-a-book-in-your-hand kind of parent, my book Setting the Records Straight might be helpful for you. Buy the book, it's full of information to help you make your transcripts, you will be able to see just how to do it!

I hope that's helpful! Having been through it with my boys, I know what a challenge it can be to work through this step. Hang in there and follow these guidelines and you'll be successful! 
Thank you, Anni!
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Comments 7

Guest - Jenny on Sunday, 31 May 2020 17:04

Thank you so much for this information! I am not quite sure what to do for my 10th grader... We are looking at transitioning to homeschool this fall, and he has already completed Algebra 1 and a full year of Geometry through his school using a different curriculum. He is good at math, and I would really like him to have time to get through Calculus before graduation. The track he was on would have him in Algebra 2 in 10th grade, Trig & Pre-Cal in 11th grade, and Calculus in 12th grade. How would that work with the Saxon books? Also, is there anyone who teaches Saxon Calculus online? We are using Nicole the Math Lady for my 5th grader, and love her, but I think Advanced Mathematics is the highest book she has available. Thanks so much for any advice!

Thank you so much for this information! I am not quite sure what to do for my 10th grader... We are looking at transitioning to homeschool this fall, and he has already completed Algebra 1 and a full year of Geometry through his school using a different curriculum. He is good at math, and I would really like him to have time to get through Calculus before graduation. The track he was on would have him in Algebra 2 in 10th grade, Trig & Pre-Cal in 11th grade, and Calculus in 12th grade. How would that work with the Saxon books? Also, is there anyone who teaches Saxon Calculus online? We are using Nicole the Math Lady for my 5th grader, and love her, but I think Advanced Mathematics is the highest book she has available. Thanks so much for any advice! :)
Robin on Monday, 01 June 2020 02:59

Hi Jenny,

In her article High School Math at Home, Lee says gives some options for those who want to use Saxon for advanced math:

Saxon
This is the most popular homeschool math curriculum, top rated by math experts. There is nothing but math problems on the page, so it thrilled my math-loving son and he actually chose these books for that reason!

DIVE CDs Video for Saxon
These are the original videos that coordinate with Saxon books, and intended for use by Christian homeschoolers. This is what I used, and I loved them. DIVE into Math Video Example

Saxon Teacher Video
Created by Saxon textbooks, these video lessons go through every problem in the text and the tests. Saxon Teacher Video

Homeschool With Saxon Video
Another tutorial for Saxon math, this is a video of a live instructor, and was intended for a wide variety of classroom and homeschool settings, so it may have a classroom feel. Homeschool with Saxon

Lee's sons taught themselves advanced math, and Lee wielded the answer key. If the answers didn't match the key exactly, the boys were welcome to call the publisher to dispute it!

I hope that helps!

Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Hi Jenny, In her article [url=https://www.homehighschoolhelp.com/high-school-math]High School Math at Home[/url], Lee says gives some options for those who want to use Saxon for advanced math: [b]Saxon[/b] This is the most popular homeschool math curriculum, top rated by math experts. There is nothing but math problems on the page, so it thrilled my math-loving son and he actually chose these books for that reason! [b]DIVE CDs Video for Saxon[/b] These are the original videos that coordinate with Saxon books, and intended for use by Christian homeschoolers. This is what I used, and I loved them. DIVE into Math Video Example [b]Saxon Teacher Video[/b] Created by Saxon textbooks, these video lessons go through every problem in the text and the tests. Saxon Teacher Video [b]Homeschool With Saxon Video[/b] Another tutorial for Saxon math, this is a video of a live instructor, and was intended for a wide variety of classroom and homeschool settings, so it may have a classroom feel. Homeschool with Saxon Lee's sons taught themselves advanced math, and Lee wielded the answer key. If the answers didn't match the key [i][b]exactly[/i][/b], the boys were welcome to call the publisher to dispute it! I hope that helps! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Chris Waughtal on Tuesday, 07 January 2020 01:22

This information is SOOOO helpful. I am really behind the 8 ball with my son's transcript, and this book has been giving me fits. So glad you have shared your wealth of information with all of us.

This information is SOOOO helpful. I am really behind the 8 ball with my son's transcript, and this book has been giving me fits. So glad you have shared your wealth of information with all of us.
Robin on Wednesday, 08 January 2020 21:19

Hi Chris!
Lee is always thankful to help! Let us know how that transcript comes out, and if you need help!
Blessings,
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Hi Chris! Lee is always thankful to help! Let us know how that transcript comes out, and if you need help! Blessings, Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - S. on Monday, 31 December 2018 20:10

Thank you so much! You just saved my daughter and I a ton of headaches!!!

Thank you so much! You just saved my daughter and I a ton of headaches!!!
Lee Binz on Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:27

Happy we could help, Monica!

Blessings,
Anita, Assistant to The HomeScholar

Happy we could help, Monica! Blessings, Anita, Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Monica on Thursday, 19 July 2018 16:39

Finding this information was incredibly helpful.

Finding this information was incredibly helpful.
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