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:
- They can take the course in two years.
- They can take the course in three semesters.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use the title "Geometry with Advanced Algebra" (1 credit) after they have completed Advanced Mathematics lessons 1 - 60.
- 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.
- Colleges like to see the word "geometry" somewhere on the transcript.
- If your child has done Advanced Math, they are well prepared for college.
- 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!