InstructorProf. Lidiya Gettya
    Content LevelsGrades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length16 weeks - 2 webinars per week
    Live Webinars Held OnMondays & Wednesdays, 9:00 - 9:50 AM Pacific - 8/15/22 - 12/17/22

    In today’s global technologically advanced and innovation developing economy, competence in mathematics and STEM remains the number one educational priority. While most national schools focus on math common core requirements and satisfying the needs of students of all developmental stages, here at Athena’s Advanced Academy our goal is to meet the needs of gifted students and their advanced learning abilities. This Pre-Algebra course is faster-paced and covers a wider range of topics and application problems.

    Students in this class will be using an International Standards textbook published in the UK. In addition, students will be encouraged to practice mental math, math puzzles, riddles, and a variety of competition math questions.


    • Students must have completed 6th-grade math curriculum.

    Open Office Hours: Prof. Lidiya will have open office hours every Friday from 9am-10am PT or by appointment. 

    For a list of skills students will develop, please see the What to Expect tab.

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Each week students will be asked to complete problems from the textbook.
    • All homework problems are to be completed on the graphing paper with clearly marked problem numbers and answers.  Written homework is very important as it teaches students the importance of showing their work. 
    • Students will be asked to complete one practice test per week starting week 3 of the course
    • Students will perform online and hands on activities on the discussed topic
    • Students will be required to install and use various education apps 
    • Students will be required to complete and submit their homework in neat and organized manner

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Videos and video tutorials about topics discussed in class
    • Online games and interactive activities
    • Worksheet and activities on developing logical, spatial and sequential reasoning
    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter, or just for fun.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • This course includes 2 weekly 50 minute webinars. Recorded sessions are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) is expected.

    In this course, students will learn:

    • Powers and Roots
    • Multiples, Factors and Primes
    • Percentages of amounts and Percentage Change
    • Rational Operations 
    • Ratio and Proportion
    • Metric Units and Scales
    • Compound Measurements 
    • Solving and Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
    • Solving Equations
    • Writing and Rearranging Formulas
    • Sequences and Finding the Rule of the nth Term
    • Slope Intercept Form
    • Graphs and Equations
    • Angles Sum Theorem
    • Angles in Polygons 
    • Properties of 3D Shapes
    • Constructing 3D Shapes
    • Perimeter, Area, Volume
    • Pythagorean Theorem
    • Transformations
    • Introduction to Probability
    • Theoretical Probabilities and Sets
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Charts and graphs
    • Averages, range and tables
    • Comparing distributions

    Before taking this course, students should:

    • Prerequisite: Students must have completed 6th grade math curriculum.
    • Students should be able to respond constructively to their classmates’ ideas, even when disagreeing.
    • Follow teacher’s instructions
    • Be an active learner

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone and chat) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.

    Required books & materials:

    •  CGP Math Textbook 2: Student Edition (with answers) – ISBN 978-1782941705
    • CGP 10 -minute tests Book 2 – ISBN 978-1782944812
    • Graphing Paper 
    • Geometry Tools Set – compass, protractor, triangle ruler – example
    • J. Overholt: Math Stories for Problem Solving Success – ISBN 978-0787996307