Apply today for the 2019 Algebra Academy at one of our three sites!!!
Click on the link below to download the application:
- Amphitheater High School
- Sunnyside High School (for students entering Sunnyside or Desert View)
- Tucson High Magnet School
Before you apply, feel free to watch the following two videos and read the program description below...
The Algebra Academy is a five-week, 120 hour summer program for rising 9th graders that allows students to construct their understanding of algebraic concepts via small-group, hands-on projects where students experience the application of math to the "real world." Students begin by learning about the fundamental concept of variables as they begin to explore linear relationships and advance toward more complex algebraic equations, such as quadratic equations that help students predict trajectories of water bottle rockets. In addition to the algebraic learning, students focus on their futures as they gain skills in how to manage the transition into high school, learn about college preparation, and explore career opportunities that match their interests.
The program was piloted for three summers, 2007-2009, with initial funding from the Lumina Foundation for Education. In the program's nine years, 788 students have been served by the program and 46 instructors have gained professional development. The program is celebrating it's 10-year anniversary during the summer of 2016. The program seeks to:
Increase students' understanding of fundamental algebra concepts. Students explore patterns to understand the concept of variation and advance into activities that allow them to collect, organize and analyze data. Additionally, they learn to graphically and verbally describe relationships and gain skills with graphing calculators to distinguish among linear, quadratic, and exponential equations.
Increase students' perceptions of the relevance of mathematics. When students can visualize the problem and solution, they better understand the principles behind mathematics and have great opportunities for high achievement. In the Algebra Academy, students apply what they have learned to a culminating water bottle rocket competition in which they manipulate variables that impact their rocket's flight distance or ability to hit a target. The project requires that students progress from understanding the concept of variation to recognizing parabolas and quadratic equations to best estimate trajectories.
Increase students' preparation for high school, planning for college, and exploration of future career options. Students also gain knowledge in high school success strategies, an understanding of university admission and financial aid, and the ability to explore careers so that they understand how critical high school and college are to their future.
For more information, please contact Rudy McCormick.
The Algebra Academy is supported by a gift from the Morgan Family Foundation.