Honors Algebra 2 Syllabus

Mr. Swanson


Stanwood High School,

Church Creek Campus

Room 16

Phone: 629-1300 x2216




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Students will build upon their previous knowledge and skills in mathematics and Algebra to learn the skills that will prepare them for further high school mathematical study in Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and Statistics.  This course moves quicker than the regular Algebra 2 course, providing students with an extra challenge and continuously fresh material.



By the end of the course, students will be able to: solve more complicated problems; work more fluently with numbers, expressions, and operations; solve and graph quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions and equations; work with probabilities, data, and distributions; use matrices to help solve systems of equations; use sound mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills to solve problems; and communicate their mathematical thoughts to their peers and teacher.


Materials Needed:

-          a spiral notebook or composition book for notes

-          paper to do assignments on (this can come out of the spiral notebook)

-          appropriate writing utensils

-          the textbook:  Holt Algebra 2 (we will be checking this out of the library)

-          a calculator:  scientific is ok, but a graphing calculator is strongly recommended


General Rules and Expectations:

In this classroom you are expected to act responsibly.  This includes, but is not limited to:

-          Arriving on time each day with the lesson watched and ready to work.

-          Participating in classroom work.

-          Using class time appropriately.

-          Treating others and their ideas with respect.

-          Acting in a manner appropriate to young adults.

-          Leaving your personal business out of class.  (Example: NO CELL PHONES!!!)

-          You will not be listening to personal music devices while in this class.

-          And generally following all school rules.

Failure to abide by these few expectations will result in a few consequences including a warning, parental involvement, detention, and/or a referral to an administrator.



For this class I am using what is known as a “flipped classroom” approach.  Instead of coming to class and spending the class time taking notes, then going home to try your homework on your own without much support, we turn that around.  You will take notes at home from a video lesson that I have created.  When you get to class you will work on a few problems as a group, go over them as a class, and then work on your homework with the support of myself and your classmates.  It is an interesting approach that I tried last year with amazing success and so we are continuing it this year.



Tardies and Absences

You are considered tardy if you are not in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings.  Tardies will be dealt with according to the school policy.  If you are absent for whatever reason, it is your responsibility to get the material and make up work.  Absent work will be handled as per school policy.


Daily Assignments and Homework Checks

Assignments will be assigned nearly every day as Algebra (and most other areas of math) cannot be learned and mastered without a bit of practice.  You are expected to have each assignment completed by the next class day to turn in and you will be responsible for the material contained in that assignment, this may be checked with a short quiz (homework check) on the assignment at the beginning or end of the next class.  However, assignments can be turned in until the day of the test for full credit.  No late work will be accepted after the test day.  Assignments are generally worth 2 points and are graded mostly for completion.  It is your responsibility to check your answers and make any corrections before you turn them in.  If an assignment is not done to at least 80% completion, it will be returned without a score on it.  You may still finish it and turn it in before the test for credit.  Any assignment below 80% is considered incomplete and missing.



I do not tolerate cheating of any kind and I do not give much help during a test.  Tests are an assessment of your abilities on the specific area being covered.  You will not be able to retake tests in this class.


Grading Policy:

Grades will be broken into the following three categories: Homework, Quiz (Homework Check), and Test.  The grades will be determined by the total points earned.  Homework assignments are worth 2 points each, Homework Quizzes are 10 points each, and Tests are each worth 100 points.


Grading Scale:



100 – 92.5%  A


92.49-89.5%  A-

89.49-87%  B+


86.99-82.5%  B


82.49-79.5%  B-

79.49-77% C+


76.99-72.5%  C


72.49-70%  C-



<70%  F




This is a fairly challenging class, but it is also a very entertaining one as well.  I believe that with your help and enthusiasm we will be able to cover this topic in a way that is enjoyable and accessible to all.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.







                                                                                    Mr. Swanson

John Swanson,
Sep 6, 2017, 7:10 AM