Course Fees for LISD Students
Course fee if taken outside the school day:
PreCalculus - Semester A Credit - $150.00
PreCalculus - Semester B Credit - $150.00
* Total fee for the one-credit course = $300.00
Course fee if taken within the school day:
PreCalculus - Semester A Credit - $0.00
PreCalculus - Semester B Credit - $0.00
Teacher: Grace Sherrill
You must have completed Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra II to take this course.
Course Description - Semester A
PreCalculus Semester A is a course that combines reviews of algebra, geometry, and functions into a preparatory course for calculus. The course focuses on the mastery of critical skills and exposure to new skills necessary for success in subsequent math courses. The first semester includes linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, radical, polynomial, and rational functions; systems of equations; and conic sections. In each unit, you will learn, practice, review, and discuss what you are learning before testing your knowledge in each of these topics. You will meet with your teacher in live class sessions designed to help you master more challenging problems at various times throughout the semester.
Course Description - Semester B
PreCalculus is a course that combines reviews of algebra, geometry, and functions into a preparatory course for calculus. The course focuses on the mastery of critical skills and exposure to new skills necessary for success in subsequent math courses. The second semester covers trigonometric ratios and functions; inverse trigonometric functions; applications of trigonometry, including vectors and laws of cosine and sine; polar functions and notation; and arithmetic of complex numbers. Just as in the first semester, you will learn, practice, review, and discuss what you are learning before testing your knowledge in each of these topics.
Required Assignments, Exams, and Projects
Your grades for this course will primarily come from online quizzes and online tests. You will complete practices, studies, and discussions that will help you to develop a greater understanding of the mathematical skills and knowledge that you will need to prepare for those online quizzes and tests.
You will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students and your teacher using online resources like Zoom and online discussion boards. These tools allow you to build community in the online classroom and share learning and experiences that enable all students to be productive 21st century learners. You may also have opportunities to meet face-to-face for collaboration, group work, and personalized instruction.
This course is delivered using the Apex Learning Management System that uses a running point grading system. Your grades will include quizzes, journals, practices, forums, live class sessions, computer-graded tests, teacher-graded tests, and projects.
Semester grades will be based on your completed quality of work grade prior to taking your semester exams. Exam averages will be based either a computer-graded exam or a teacher-graded exam.
The final semester average is based upon LISD grading guidelines and will consist of the semester grade (85%) and the exam average (15%). By Lewisville ISD grading guidelines, you must pass the final exam and have a course grade of at least 70% to pass the course. All semester exams are proctored.
Late Work Guidelines:
All work within a module is due by the module end date (see pacing guide for specific dates).
- VLA follows the district’s Late Work guidelines. A ZERO will be entered as a PLACEHOLDER for work not completed by the due date. The zero will be changed once the work has been submitted.
- Work submitted the first day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 70;
- Work submitted the second day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 60; and
- Work submitted the third day after the module end date will earn a maximum possible score of 50.
- Module Close: Modules will lock down 72 hours after the end date. You may not submit work for credit after the module has closed. Any zeros remaining when the module closes will remain as zeros in the grade book.
If you earn a grade below a 70 on a major grade, the teacher will reteach, then reassess. In order to receive reassessment options, you must turn in major grade assignments within a module by the module end date. After the reteach/reassess, the higher of the two grades will be assigned, with the maximum possible score of 70.
You will need a TI-84 Plus, TI-83, or TI-83 Plus calculator (or equivalent) for this course.
You will also need to have access to Google Docs (included in your LISD Google Apps for Education).
- Technical System Requirements: PC or MAC preferred
- Minimum Bandwidth Required: 128K
- Video Player: Quicktime; VLC Player
- Plug-ins: Java 10 or higher; Adobe Reader 6 or higher
- Student must be able to download files: Yes
- Software needed to complete this course: Blackboard Collaborate Launcher (free download)
- Pop-Up blocker: Off
- Caching: Off
- Browser compatibility: Mozilla Firefox 7 or higher preferred; Google Chrome 11 or higher; Internet Explorer 8 or higher.
Services for Students with Special Needs
For students with an IEP/504 Plan, we provide accommodations listed to meet the student’s needs. Many accommodations are built into our courses (extended time on assignments, flexible exam setting). Accommodations that are not already built into the course may still be met through individualizing the presentation, providing guided notes, live teaching/tutorial sessions, phone contact, and one-on-one conversations.