Does high school math make you wanna pull your hair out? You’re not alone! For many, this is the dealbreaker in their homeschooling career. Since many feel they can’t teach at this level, homeschool parents often think they need to spend an arm and a leg for online instruction or a private tutor. Thankfully, though, there are plenty of high school math courses that are available FREE of charge!
What’s Included in High School Math?
The standard high school math curriculum comprises four years’ worth of studies. During the course of those four years, your students will typically cover Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 (along with Trigonometry), and Pre-Calculus and Calculus. What do each of these levels of math mean?
- Algebra 1: This level of math involves real numbers, solving/writing/graphing linear equations, quadratic equations, and functions.
- Geometry: This level of math consists of both plane and solid geometry, formulas for measuring, and formal proofs.
- Algebra 2: In Algebra 2, students continue the concepts learned in Algebra 1 but at a more in-depth level, especially with graphing/solving equations, inequalities, and functions.
- Trigonometry: This level of math combines skills attained in both Algebra and Geometry and applies them to circular and periodic functions. “Trig” – as it’s usually referred to – is often taught in conjunction with other math subjects instead of as a stand-alone subject.
- Pre-Calculus: This level of math explores series and sequences, probability and statistics, limits, and derivatives.
- Calculus: With an emphasis on integration and differentiation, this level of math is essentially a continuation of Pre-Calculus.
Planning Your High School Math Curriculum
Now that you know what’s included in a typical course of study, it’s time to plan how you’ll accomplish covering those areas of math. First, you’ll want to actually work backward – decide where you intend on having your student when he or she finishes school. What are his or her plans post-graduation? These plans will largely determine the maths needed for high school.
After you’ve established that, the next thing to do is determine where your student falls (academically) in relation to where he or she needs to be at the end of the four years. For most families, there will be a gap of about three to four years – which is perfectly normal. Finally, you can decide what four math courses your student will take and plan accordingly. If you’re unsure about what’s covered in each course, see the previous section where we give you an overview to help you decide.
Teaching High School Math for Free
We’ve done the research for you and have come up with some of the best sites where your students can learn high school math for FREE. Check out some – or all – of what we’ve found below!
- MathPlanet.com – Math planet offers courses in Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 and Geometry. They also offer practice tests for the SAT and the ACT. Each course has an easy-to-navigate scope and sequence your students can work through at their own pace.
- Illuminations – This program is available for students in grades PreK to 12th grade. It provides a comprehensive course of study, lesson plans, games, interactivities, and much more.
- Khan Academy – Of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Khan Academy! Khan Academy is committed to offering the best education possible free of charge at all times. Students can learn math, but they can also learn from a huge variety of other topics.
- IXL Math – Teachers and parents can set students up to work along a certain strand/course of activities related to the math they’re learning. This isn’t a complete curriculum option, but it’s a fantastic supplement. There is a paid version available, but the free version allows up to 20 task cards a day, which is a good amount of time for review.
- LearnZillion – Supporting both traditional and blended classrooms, this K-12 program provides plenty of extra practice for your high school students.
- Desmos – This isn’t a math course; it’s a math tool. It’s an online graphing calculator your students will certainly find handy! It also includes the ability for you – the teacher – to generate activities for your students to complete.
- GeoGebra – This is another online tool (graphing calculator) your students will find useful in their studies.
High school math is a subject area that is a challenge, but one that you can easily meet!. With the use of the internet and great free resources, you can meet that challenge head-on and succeed!
Tasha is a homeschooling mom to 5 and has been homeschooling for 14 years. Currently, her children's ages span from toddler to young adult. Tasha has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Social Sciences from Florida State University and is working on her MBA through SNHU/Berklee School of Music.