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Eighth Grade Algebra Program

Advanced Placement courses at the high school level follow a college-level syllabus as established by the College Board.  This rigorous program provides a challenge and enables a young person to show mastery of college level material.  The Advanced Placement examination score is forwarded by the College Board to the student’s college of choice.  Credit may be awarded based on the earned scores.  Most Advanced Placement courses are offered to juniors and seniors.

The College Board offers three examinations in mathematics: Advanced Placement calculus AB, calculus AB/BC, and statistics.  Each high school determines its own qualifications for students taking an Advanced Placement course.  A junior or senior qualified by grades and prerequisites for an Advanced Placement mathematics course usually takes calculus AB, calculus BC, and/or statistics.

In the past the Eighth Grade Algebra was a two-tiered program (pending the number of applicants) where students were enrolled in either Accelerated Algebra or Academic Algebra based on their placement test score.  We have revised our curriculum and decided to offer only the Accelerated Algebra to qualified eighth grade students.  This allows qualified Accelerated students to enter the AP curriculum.  Our experience has shown us that the Academic students are better served remaining in their grade school math class rather than starting Algebra a year early.

The Brother Rice Eighth Grade Algebra Program appreciates, recognizes, and hopes to build upon the good foundation provided by the various grade school mathematics programs.  Our program offers the opportunity for a small group of talented students to enter our Advanced Placement program a year in advance.  Our program aims to provide the necessary knowledge base and skills in order to realize the full advantage of every college level mathematics course offered on the high school level.


  • Tuition for the complete program including books is $500.00.  $100 deposit is due upon acceptance into the program.  The balance is due before the first day of class.
  • No refund will be made if a student leaves or is asked to leave the program before completion.
  • If a student enrolls at another high school, Brother Rice cannot guarantee the awarding of credit or academic placement by that school.
  • If a student enrolls at Brother Rice, consideration of his work in our program will be given toward his placement in our academic programs.
  • The program will follow the Brother Rice High School calendar.
  • Students enrolled in our program are expected to follow the discipline code of Brother Rice High School and to be present and on time for each class.
  • Academic progress will be reported to parents and grade schools according to the high school reporting periods.  Student progress can be viewed on Edline.
  • Successful completion of the program does not guarantee acceptance into Brother Rice.  The regular admissions policies of the school apply to members of this program.
  • Upon acceptance at Brother Rice High School, placement in the mathematics curriculum depends on performance in this class, the January entrance exam, grade school recommendations, and mathematics department requirements.
  • Transportation to and from our program is a parental responsibility.
  • Students are required to have a Texas Instrument Graphing Calculator: 84Plus or N-spire (non CAS)
  • Class begins promptly at 7:00 AM.

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