8th Grade Advanced Algebra I Class

NEW Early Morning Class

St. Teresa’s Academy is offering an enhanced Advanced Algebra I class next year to eighth grade girls who are talented in mathematics and excited to learn. St. Teresa’s Academy is committed to the development of mathematical skills in young women to support their interest in pursuing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) fields, or simply becoming more innovative and critical thinkers. This course will be taught by STA math teacher and Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Jo Weller. (Bio below.)

At a cost of $700, this class will provide a full year of Advanced Algebra I. Class will meet on the St. Teresa’s Academy campus beginning August 19, 2019, from 7:00 to 7:40 a.m. during the mornings that school is in session, and before the regular school day begins at your daughter’s elementary/middle school.

Some of the advantages for taking this course include:

  • One full high school math credit will be granted upon successful completion of this class and $500 of the course fee will be applied to your daughter’s freshman year tuition at STA.
  • Transcripts will reflect the grade and credit earned, but will not be calculated into your daughter’s GPA. She will still need to earn four math credits during her four years at STA.
  • Students successfully completing the course will be considered for placement into Geometry or Advanced Geometry their freshman year.
  • Opportunities are available for college dual enrollment and Advanced Placement in math and science during your daughter’s junior and senior years as well as in computer science courses.
  • Note:  five recorded absences from the class per semester may lower the student’s grade for the course.

The core components of an Advanced Algebra I curriculum will be included but with a focus on more exploratory and authentic applications. Students will develop their technology skills as they explore the following areas:

  • Coding Embedded Proof Units - showing the parallel patterns and logic between the traditional algebraic proofs and the creation of code
  • Sphero BOLTS - mini robotic spheres that can be color, block, or Java coded with the added ability to collect numerical and graphic data for velocity and acceleration will be used to study motion
  • 3D Spatial Visualization - polyhedra origami manipulatives as well as computerized drafting with Sketchup for 3D printing in the Makerspace
  • Tessellation Polygon Project - collaborative graphic design utilizing the laser cutter in the Makerspace to create a final piece of class artwork

How to Apply for Advanced Algebra I
To apply for the Advanced Algebra I class, your daughter must successfully complete the Math Qualifying Exam at St. Teresa’s Academy. The exam is offered on three dates and requires a $200 deposit, which will apply toward the cost of the class. The additional $500 will be due by August 1. Those who do not qualify for the course will be refunded the exam fee.

Choose from the following exam dates and times to best meet your daughter’s schedule:

Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 8:00  - 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 16, 2019  @ 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Access the Online Registration Form by clicking this link. The deadline for applying is April 30, 2019.

You will receive a letter regarding your daughter’s Qualifying Exam results and qualifications for the Advanced Algebra I course on or before May 30, 2019. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Barbara McCormick, Academic Principal or Jo Weller, Course Instructor.

Barbara J. McCormick
Academic Principal

Jo Weller
Course Instructor/Director of Curriculum & Instruction
816.501.0011 ext 219

Jo Weller has a nineteen year track record as a math teacher at St. Teresa’s Academy.  She looks forward to adding Advanced Algebra I for 8th graders to her teaching schedule which also includes ACCP Calculus. Additionally, Jo serves as the Director of Curriculum & Instruction with a specific focus on the STA STEAM Initiative.

Prior to STA, Jo taught for eight years at the University of Missouri - Kansas City where she did her doctorate work in Real Variables.