- Mar 29, 2019
The original line I took issue with was that you stated taking Algebra I as a freshman seemed late. I disagree. I think that taking Algebra I as a freshman is completely normal. Maybe it’s “late” for some kids. Those kids are hopefully in an honors or fast track program. Or maybe it’s “late” within a particular school, but I would wager that that particular school is relatively affluent or advanced to have Algebra I before high school as a standard.As a previous poster stated, we have 3 tiers here, algebra 1 7th, algebra 1 8th, algebra 1 freshman. Languages also start 7th grade, dd16 is in AP Spanish (her twin brother only Spanish 4). My 23 year old did not take AP calculus and took AP stat instead, a mistake since she only had pre calc before college (business major, accounting, lots of math). Kids here really try hard to test into algebra for 7th grade, because the pre-algebra teacher is horrible, and most kids need tutors.
It’s interesting that taking statistics was a mistake in your daughter’s case. At my undergrad, business majors didn’t need calculus, but they certainly needed statistics to graduate.