• Academy Park High School

    Course Syllabus

    Algebra 2

    Course Information:                                                  Teacher Information:

    Credit Hour: 1                                                              Name: Mrs. Washington

    Marking Period: 1,2,3,4                                                Phone: 610 522 4330 x6201

    Class Location: Room 204D                                         Office Location: Room 204D

    Time: Block 2, 4                                                           Office Hours:  2:35 – 3:10

    Teacher Website:                                                          E-Mail: twashington@sedelco.org


    School Attributes:

    The manner in which we prepare students at Academy Park High School is informed by four attributes: (1) Dedicated faculty who will hold themselves to, at minimum, to the same standards as the students we teach; (2) Positive relationships developed and nurtured between and among adults and students; (3) A high level or rigor included in instructional practices via standards aligned and contextually driven instruction; and (4) Connecting positive relationships with effective instruction for positive academic RESULTS!

    Course Description:

    In Algebra 2 students will be investigating and exploring graphs of linear, exponential, and polynomial functions.  The topics of study include: development of strategies for understanding sequences and equivalence, solving equations and inequalities, solving systems of linear equations and linear inequalities involving two variables, developing an understanding of probability involving permutations and combination, and additional topics will be discussed.

     Course Competencies/Learning Objectives:

    ·        Students should be able to work on and to demonstrate competency on those skills needed to make proficient/advance on the Keystone Exam.

    ·        Students should be able to learn, practice, and have a working understanding of the topics discussed in Algebra 2.

    Textbook: Algebra 2 Connections version 3 by Kysh, Dietiker, Sallee, and Hoey textbook.

    Student Evaluation:

    The grading system for the Mathematics Department at Academy Park High School is as follows:

    Test, Projects, & Major Papers                                    -           40%

    Quizzes                                                                        -           20%

    Classwork, & Minor Assignments                                 -           10%

    Attendance & Class Participation                                  -           20%

    Homework                                                                   -           10%


    The above areas will be used as the basis for 80% of your grade per semester.  The midterm and/or final exam will constitute the remaining 20% of your grade per semester.


    Attendance Policy:

    Regular and prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience.  Academy Park High School expects students to exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences.  Students will accept full responsibility for ensuring their work does not suffer because of absences.  All students are expected to attend every scheduled class on time.  Exceptions may be made for illness and valid emergencies.

    Classroom Expectations:

    1. Arrive to class on time and be prepared to work

    2. Put cell phones and i-pods away

    3. No sleeping or head down in class

    4. Respect fellow classmates and teacher


    Class Requirements:

    Notebook and pencils


    A combination of lecture, class discussion, presentations, videos, cooperative learning, and problem-based learning will be used in this course.  Grades will be determined by the satisfactory and timely completion of assignments.  The grade of each assignment is based on the prerequisite given for each assignment.  Below is an overview of topic/units and major assessments/assignments for this course.  Please note dates/timeframes are subject to change and are an estimate.


    Course Activities







    Algebra 2


    Quizzes, Test, Projects, Classwork & Homeworks

    1st Semester Sep. to Jan.

    2nd Semester Jan. to June


    General Information:

    You will be required to participate in class presentations/activities, which will affect your grade in the course.


    Quizzes will be given on a weekly basis on Friday.  The quizzes will be based on that week’s activity.  Test will be given at the end of each unit.


    If you missed a quiz or a test, due to absence YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE UP THE ASSIGNMENT THE NEXT DAY, the assignment will not be made up during class.  Make--ups can be done before or after school.


    If you are absent the day before a test you will still have to take the test with the class.


    LATE HOMEWORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE SECOND DAY AND POINTS WILL BE TAKEN OFF FOR LATENESS.   If you were absent, makeup work will be due promptly upon your return.  In this course, homework is extremely IMPORTANT.  Homework should be done every day, because it prepares you for the next day’s discussion and activity. 


    Homework is checked at the BEGINNING of class.  Some homework will be collected, and you will be informed of which homework to hand in.


    Please remember, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to come after school to catch up with missed work from your absences. Or if you need extra help, please come after school; my office hours are posted at the beginning of this syllabus.  Do not wait. Come to me immediately; so that you do not fall behind. 


    Helpful Tips To Remember:

    If you worry about doing well in math class, the following tips may be helpful:

    1.      Know that everyone can learn math if he or she works hard.

    2.      Think positively.  Instead of telling yourself that you cannot do well in math, tell yourself that you can.

    3.      Participate in class activities.

    4.      Pay attention to your teacher’s lessons and explanations.

    5.      Take accurate notes during class.  Review your notes when you do your homework.

    6.      Ask questions if you do not understand something.

    7.      Complete all of your classwork and homework.

    8.      Work hard. Do not give up easily on challenging problems.

    9.      When you are working on a tough problem and you start to worry that you can’t solve it, take a short break, walk away from the problem, relax and then return to the problem fresh and ready to find a solution.

    10.  Find a math study buddy.  Working together makes learning math easier.

    11.  Begin studying for math tests a few days ahead of time. Do not wait until the night before.  Preparation is the key to success.