My daughter is 13 and entering 9th grade. She completed Algebra 1 last year and did very well, so I was planning on having her continue with Algebra 2 in 9th, and Geometry in 10th grade. Based on what you said above, this would work out well for the PSAT test, but now I'm second guessing my decision, if Algebra 1 skills are helpful for Geometry.What do you think? (fyi: I am not a math person, hence my insecurity.)
Lynn, it looks like either Alg 2 or Geometry will be a good fit and good timing. If you are using a curriculum that you like, do what they suggest for your next step. If you need to make a change into a different curriculum, then perhaps a brief interlude for geometry would be a good idea. In any case, your daughter is gifted in math, so encourage her along the way, and don't slow her down with your anxiety. She's good at it, and she will likely continue to be good at it.
This is what I always thought, but my son has not finished algebra 1 yet, although he is 15. Reason being, he switched from ALEKS back to Saxon mid year. He is really struggling with it, but easily gets the geometry questions found in Saxon. As soon as he gets done, I'm putting him in Consumer Math and a Dave Ramsey finance course (semester each). Then I'll have him take Algebra II with Teaching Textbooks (which I've heard is "behind" other math courses.) Since I can't see him pursuing a career involving complex math, will that be adequate for high school? Is geometry necessary at all, especially since it is included with Saxon? I speak as someone who only took algebra and geometry in high school, since that was all that was required.