Geometry at San Antonio Academy Instructor: Mike Hansen, 210.861.3895 www.AlgebraGuy.com mhansen@saacademy.org Why Take Geometry In 8th Grade? The Geometry class
is made available to 8th graders for several reasons.
The Geometry course
offered at San Antonio Academy was developed so that the most mathematically
talented, and academically serious 8th graders could have a chance to complete
a more advanced level of mathematics than most of their contemporaries
and to be prepared for upper levels of mathematics that they will encounter
in high school. While accommodations have been made that will help
meet the needs of SAA students, both parents and students need to be aware
that this is a 10th grade course and that the work required to pass it
is at that level.

Grading: Homework will
be assigned daily and posted on the AlgebraGuy.com website before Monday
of the week in which it will be assigned. (It is usually available
by Friday evening). On AlgebraGuy.com simply follow the Geometry
link. Homework will count 20% of the sixweeks grade.
Although the grades in this class do not impact GPA,
Parents and Students  Please Keep The Following In Mind: The major success
factors for students taking advantage of this unique opportunity at The
Academy are:
We are sensitive to the fact that these special 8th graders are volunteering to get up an hour earlier than their contemporaries, doubling their mathematical workload, and accepting the extra pressure and responsibility that is usually associated with much older students. However, the positive effects of successfully completing this course will far outweigh the sacrifices these boys are making. Support will need to come from everyone involved to encourage these boys to use their organizers to keep track of the activities in all of their classes, to help them accept the limitations that will be placed on their personal time, and to help maintain the focus on the benefits of completing a course that requires this level of effort. Note: Successfully completing this course does not guarantee high school credit. All high schools require students to take an entrance exam for placement. A student's level of success on that test determines his math class placement. 
Course Outline:
August,
September, and October:
November
and December:
January,
February, and March
April &
May
Academic Goals:

About the Instructor:
Mike Hansen has been teaching PreAP Algebra and Geometry at San Antonio Academy since 2005. Prior to which he completed 21 years of teaching in public schools in San Antonio. He taught at Wood Middle School and Eisenhower Middle School in the North East District for a total of 12 years. For 9 years Mr. Hansen taught the advanced algebra course at Alamo Heights Junior School. During his tenure in the public school domain he has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math and PreAlgebra. However, for the most part, Mr. Hansen has taught both Highschoollevel Algebra I, and an advanced version of Algebra I (PreAP) for the most talented students. In addition to the 7th grade Algebra PreAP course, he will be teaching the 8th grade PreAP Algebra I course, the Geometry course, and the MATHCOUNTS elective at The Academy this fall. Mike Hansen has always been a proponent of advanced math courses for students who are capable of completing that level of work and who are well prepared to meet the challenges that are inherent in these courses. You can find out much more about him by perusing this web site. Availability: Because of the
nature of this course, and because of his commitment to ensuring that students
have tutoring time available, Mr. Hansen will be on campus by 6:30am each
school day. He will be available in the algebra classroom for extra
help as needed. After school tutoring is also available at 3:30pm
every day except Fridays. Tutoring will be available on Friday mornings
before Chapel. In addition, he is available on his cell phone most
of the time before 9pm for questions/concerns for both students and parents.
