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Because Saxon does not adequately prepare students for the new PSAT & SAT, we now recommend our new Shormann Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry. 



How Does Shormann Math Work? 
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State-of-the-Art eLearning System

 Assignments are organized by week. Select a week to view

all the assignments for that week. 







Video Lectures

Step-by-step instruction for every lesson. 






Interactive Homework

Students solve every problem on paper, then enter their answer. A link to a similar example problem and a link to the video lecture makes it easy to re-learn forgotten concepts. 




Results Page

After submitting each assignment, this page shows the correct answer to each problem as well as the grade. A PDF and video solutions with step-by- solutions and explanations for each problem is linked on the Results page. Students use these answers to correct their work. 



Try It Before You Buy It! 

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eLearning Course Contents

  • 24 Month Subscription  

  • Weekly Assignment Chart

  • Automated grading & grade recording of all assignments 

  • Video solutions & PDF solutions for all assignments (coming soon)

  • Q&A Email Support with Dr. Shormann

  • eTextbook with lessons & homework, eSolutions Manual, and eTeacher's Guide (printing is not required) 

  • Login credentials and instructions are emailed within 2 business days

  • 100 Lessons with one video lecture and homework set each

  •  26 Weekly Quizzes and 4 Quarterly Exams



Why did Dr. Shormann publish a new math curriculum? 

Teaching Saxon Math to hundreds of thousands of students for more than twenty years, Dr. Shormann knew John Saxon's unique teaching methods worked. However, after the College Board redesigned the PSAT and SAT (2015), Saxon Math no longer taught all the concepts on these exams. Houghton Mifflin, who purchased Saxon after John's death, stripped many of John's original methods in their new editions. Dr. Shormann decided to write a new curriculum to continue John Saxon's methodology while teaching all the concepts on the redesigned PSAT & SAT.  



A 21st Century Math Curriculum with a Biblical Foundation

 Standing on the shoulders of John Saxon, Leonard Euler, Euclid, Newton, and many others, Dr. Shormann published a complete math curriculum that teaches every concept on the ACT and redesigned PSAT & SAT.  Like Saxon, he teaches math like a language with incremental, bite-sized lessons and continual practice of all previously learned skills which build mastery, increase recall speed (fluency), and raise college entrance exam scores. With 21st Century topics like technology applications, computer math, and current real-world word problems, Shormann Math courses are hosted in a state-of-the art eLearning campus that makes learning more efficient and effective. 



A Historical Foundation

Teaching math as the language of science and an important tool for understanding God and the world He created, Dr. Shormann inspires students to excel. An emphasis on math history teaches the story of math, giving students a clearer picture of the "why" behind the math they are learning, while shedding light on modern math's rich Christian heritage.


PSAT, SAT, & ACT (Algebra 1 and up)

  • Teaching every concept on the math section of the ACT and redesigned PSAT & SAT, Shormann Algebra 1 & 2 have more than 200 practice problems from these exams.

  • PSAT, SAT, and ACT skills taught in Shormann Algebra 1& 2 are continually reviewed throughout Precalculus and Calculus.

  • Geometry and Algebra are integrated in Shormann Algebra 1 & 2. Students don't stop learning one to learn the other. Because both geometry and algebra skills are tested on college entrance exams, this integration raises scores

  • Shormann Math provides continual review of these skills throughout Algebra 2, Precalculus & Calculus, building long-term retention and fluency (speed and accuracy).     



Course Sequence



 *Saxon Algebra 1 3rd Edition users clickhereto learn more.

**Saxon Algebra 2 users clickhere to learn more.








While every problem is first solved on paper, the eLearning course features a system we call TruePracticeTM that builds long-term mastery more efficiently than traditional approaches. What is TruePractice? Well, think about how you learn a sport. During practice, if you make a mistake, the mistake is discussed and, if you have a good coach, you immediately regroup and try again. That’s how the online homework is designed in Shormann Math. When a homework problem is attempted, immediate right/wrong feedback is provided. If the answer is wrong, a small penalty is assesed, and the student can re-learn using the links above each homework question, then solve the problem correctly! Rather than “spoiling” them with an answer, TruePractice™ encourages students to stay engaged and re-learn the concept, which is the best way to achieve long-term retention and fluency.


12 Month eCourse Subscription

- Setup on a 30 week schedule

- 12 Month access to the eCourse for one student

- Self-paced; no due dates, parents can change grades and reset assignments

- A printable eTextbook, eSolutions Manual, & eTeacher’s Guide but it is not necessary to print or use these eBooks

- Most assignments can be completed offline 

- Use as an honors, standard, or remedial course

Please Note: This course does not have the discounted sibling subscription option. Instead, it has a much lower cost. This means you must purchase the course at regular price for each student. But overall you will pay the same amount and you don't have to invest so much up front. 


Integrated Geometry and Continual Review

- Based on John Saxon’s teaching methods of incremental bite-sized lessons, continual review, and cumulative assessments

- Updated with 21st Century technology applications, real world word problems, and computer math


Comprehensive Video Instruction for Every Lesson

- 100 Daily lessons with 1 video lecture each (avg 20 min)

- Students take notes and work example problems

- Video lectures can be accessed offline


Interactive Homework with Automated Grading

- 20 homework questions per lesson

- Work problems on paper first, then enter the answer for instant feedback

- Links to a similar practice problem and to the related video lecture make re-learning quick and easy

- Automated grading provides instant feedback

- Homework can also be completed offline using the eText, then enter answers into the eLearning system for grading or grade using the eSolutions Manual


Video Solutions Ensure Understanding

- Step-by-step explanation for each homework question

- Access is restricted until homework is completed and score is recorded

- eSolutions Manual is also available to parents


Interactive Quizzes and Exams with Automated Grading

- 30 weekly online quizzes and 4 online quarterly exams

- Automated grading and grade recording

- Parents can reset assignments and change grades


Q&A Email Support with Dr. Shormann

- Q&A email support with Dr. Shormann

- eTeacher’s Guide and eSolution’s Manual 


Earn 14 College Credits via CLEP and AP Exams

- CLEP Professor for College Algebra is included with Shormann Algebra 2

- A passing score on the CLEP College Algebra exam earns up to 3 college credits

- CLEP exams also validate your high school trancript


Excellent Preparation for the Newly Redesigned PSAT & SAT

- Written specifically to meet the new requirements of the 2015 redesigned PSAT and SAT

- Shormann Algebra 1 & 2 teach all the concepts required to excel on college entrance exams

- Continual review and integrated geometry develop fluency, raising standardized test scores

- Shormann Precalculus will continue to review these concepts to maintain fluency


System Requirements

- Browser based eLearning system- like a website

- Access from any computer or device with a browser and internet access

- Speakers or headphones 



Samples for Lesson 1

Each lesson is made of three components, Rules and Definitions, Video Lecture, and the Practice Set (homework). Following is a sample of each of these components in the order the student would complete. 


1. Read the Rules and Definitions using the Digital Flashcards


2. Watch the video lecture, taking notes and working example problems with Dr. Shormann.

Most lectures average about twenty minutes. However, depending on the new concept, some lectures are longer. Again, use the timed method described under Schedule above to avoid frustrating or overwhelming the student.



3. Complete the Lesson Practice (homework). 

Work every problem on paper, then enter the answer and select Submit for instant feedback. There are two links above each question (see graphic below). One is a link to a similar example problem and one is a link to the video lecture that teaches that concept. If your answer is wrong, or you don't know how to do a problem, use these links to quickly re-learn and try to solve the problem again. Because the homework is practice, up to four attempts are allowed for each problem. Points are deducted for each wrong attempt which keeps the student from guessing. 



4. After completing all the homework, click Submit All and Finish at the bottom of the page. The system will calculate the score and store it in the online gradebook. Parents can request grade changes and assignment resets at any time.


5. The results page will appear with the correct answer and video solutions to every problem. Re-learn and correct missed problems by looking at the correct answer and watching the video solutions for each missed problem. Then re-work each missed problem on your Homework Notes.



Every fourth lesson there is a four question quiz over the past four new concepts. Notes can be used during the quiz. There is a time limit of twenty minutes. which is about twice as much as most students need. See the FAQs for a work around, if more time is needed.  


Quarterly Exams

Every twenty five lessons a quarterly exam is administered. This is a cumulative test covering all the material the student should have mastered to that point. Two to three practice exams are provided to prepare for the exam. Quarterly exams prepare students for college math exams that cover a large body of material. 



Overview of Shormann Math 




Standing on the shoulders of math giants like Euclid, Euler, Newton, together with John Saxon’s common sense teaching methods, we are pleased to present Shormann Math! Taught from a Christian foundation, this new curriculum by David Shormann builds on a firm foundation of time tested, proven methods, enhanced with 21st Century content delivery.

Because scholars consider mathematics to be “the language of science,” these courses teach math like a language. In a foreign language course, you don’t learn nouns for a year, verbs for another year, etc. You learn a little of each concept, combined with lots of practice and review, Then you combine the different concepts together to create more complex concepts. Fluency is achieved through patient practice and repetition.

While Algebra 1-level concepts will be the focus of our first course, our primary goal is to teach mathematics, not just algebra. For example, Algebra 1 and 2 will contain a full credit of geometry, including plenty of proofs, even some straight out of Euclid’s famous book, The Elements. But we’ll also introduce non-Euclidean geometry, and show students how the concept of proof applies to all of mathematics, not just geometry. In fact, all the algebra, geometry, trigonometry, etc. that a student will find on the SAT (including the new SAT) or ACT will be covered in Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. 

Most modern mathematics curricula ignore math history. But ideas have consequences, and studying history often reveals which ideas are worth repeating and which ones aren’t. There is a rich Christian heritage in math. Whether or not you are using a classical, trivium/quadrivium approach to your child’s education, understanding mathematics within a biblical, historical framework will help students make more sense out of what they are learning and why they are learning it.

“If I have seen a little further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”
-Isaac Newton


Ideal Course Sequence




Sequence Modifications


3 Semester Option

Since Shormann Algebra 1 & 2 earn 3 semesters of math credits each (see above). these two courses can be spread out over 3 years (3 semesters each). 


AP Calculus BC in 11th Grade


According the College Board, a passing score on an AP Calculus exam, not only earns up to 8 college credits, it is the number one indicator of college success, significantly boosting admissions and scholarship applications in the selection process. To submit AP exam scores along with applications, they must be taken no later than 11th grade.


AP exams taken in 12th grade are still eligible for college credit, but the scores are not received until after most application deadlines have passed.


While a passing score on the AP Calculus AB exam is usually enough to earn the desired admission and scholarships, strong math students who plan to take the BC exam should either take Algebra 1 in 7th grade (pre-algebra is required) or work on math year- around. Learn More about AP Exams


Caution: I do not recommend "pushing" a student beyond his God-given ability to reach these high levels of math achievement. Often, this has a detrimental affect on fluency and, in the end, requires more time to complete the course. Instead, I recommend a self-paced timed method (described in the Teacher Guide and under scheduling above) that ensures mastery and fluency are developed, making math faster and easier. 
















Key Features:
  • Earn 1 credit of Algebra & 1/2 credit of Geometry

  • Expert video lessons for every lesson

  • Interactive homework, quizzes, and exams

  • Auto-grading, grade recording, and online grade book

  • Video solutions for every homework question

  • Q&A support with Dr. Shormann

  • Self-Paced course in a state-of-the-art eLearning system

  • Shormann Algebra 1 & 2 teach every concept on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT

  • PSAT, SAT, and ACT skills are reviewed throughout Precalculus and Calculus

  • Based on John Saxon's proven teaching methods of incremental "bite-sized" lessons with continual review of previously learned concepts

  • Integration of geometry and algebra saves time, makes learning geometry easier, builds long-term retention, and raises standardized test scores

  • A biblical & historical foundation teaches the 'why" of learning math  


Standing on the shoulders of math giants like Euclid, Euler, and Newton, together with John Saxon’s proven teaching methods, Dr. Shormann has published a 21st Century curriculum that teaches all the concepts on the redesigned PSAT and SAT.

Enhanced with a state of the art eLearning Campus similar to the systems used in college math classes, students learn more efficiently, building fluency with less homework than traditional Saxon texts. 

Shormann Math is built on a biblical and historical foundation that teaches math as the language of science; a tool used to better understand God and His creation.  An emphasis on math history gives students a clearer picture of the “why” behind the math they are learning, while shedding light on modern math’s rich Christian heritage. Students learn how to use math as a tool to explore their world and enhance their own God-given creativity.  


 2018-ad-for-cathy-duffy-review-.pngKey Features:

  • Expert video instruction for every lesson

  • Interactive homework, quizzes, and exams

  • Auto-grading, grade recording, and online grade book

  • Video solutions for every homework question

  • Q&A support with Dr. Shormann

  • Self-Paced course in a state-of-the-art eLearning system

  • Shormann Algebra 1 & 2 teach every concept on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT

  • PSAT, SAT, and ACT skills are reviewed throughout Precalculus and Calculus

  • Based on John Saxon's proven teaching methods of incremental "bite-sized" lessons with continual review of previously learned concepts

  • Integration of geometry and algebra saves time, makes learning geometry easier, builds long-term retention, and raises standardized test scores

  • A biblical & historical foundation teaches the 'why" of learning math






 *If Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd Edition (1/3 credit of Geometry) was taken, completion of Shormann Algebra 2 earns 1 full credit of Geometry and 1 full credit of Algebra 2. Learn More


**If Saxon Algebra 2, 2nd or 3rd Edition (1/2 credit of Geometry) was taken, 1/2 credit of Geometry and 1 full credit of Precalculus is earned in Shormann PrecalculusLearn More




Course Description

Algebra 1 covers all topics in a first-year algebra course, from proofs, statistics, and probability to algebra-based, real-world problems. With Algebra 1, students begin developing the more complex skills and understanding required for high school level mathematics. You can see a full description of each component below.

Click here to view Table of Contents

Click here for Placement Tests



Student Textbook

    • Hard Cover; Non-Consumable
    • Third edition
    • 120 Lessons with Lesson Practice Problems and Problem Sets (homework)
    • Glossary and Index
    • Answers to odd-numbered problems
    • Two-color format
    • 564 pages

Homeschool Packet 


    • Answer Key for all Student Textbook Practices and Problem Sets
    • Answer Key for all Tests
    • Solutions for all Tests
    • Soft Cover; Non-Consumable


Test Forms 

    • Test Form Booklet with all tests.  - Nested inside the Homeschool Packet
    • Soft Cover; Non-Consumable

Solutions Manual

    • Step-by-Step Solutions to all Student Textbook Practice and Problem Sets.
    • Early solutions contain every step. Later solutions omit obvious steps.
    • Final answers in bold type for easy, accurate grading


Recommended Resource: DIVE Video Lectures

Purchase separately -This product is not included in the Saxon Homeschool Kit.


Saxon + DIVE = Success 

Expert Video Instruction from a Biblical Perspective


                      • Increase understanding 
                      • Build long-term retention
                      • Step-by-step instruction for every lesson
                      • Quickly re-learn missed concepts
                      • Q&A Email Support with Dr. Shormann
                      • Taught by David Shormann, PhD 

       Learn more about DIVE for Saxon Algebra 1 here







Dr. Shormann teaches every lesson and investigation in the Saxon textbook, including the essential instruction that is missing from the lesson in the textbook. Designed for schools, Saxon assumes the full lesson was presented in class. Therefore, the lesson in the Saxon text is only a summary for the student to review later. That's why John Saxon recommended an experienced instructor to teach his curriculum. 


For example, when lesson 40 builds on a concept taught in lesson 20, the book doesn't mention it. However, in the DIVE lectures, Dr. Shormann reviews lesson 20, teaching how the new concept is simply adding one more step to what they already know. This creates “bite-sized” lessons that are easy to understand and makes learning Saxon faster and easier. 


DIVE Contents


What else do I need?


Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd Edition Homeschool Kit (purchase separately here)

 The edition of the DIVE lectures must match the edition of the Saxon books. 


Try It Before You Buy It 

                  Sample Course - Everything you need to complete the first 10 lessons.


How do I access the Download & Stream DIVE Lectures?

After purchase of the Download & Stream format, an email confirmation of your order is sent. Within an hour or so, another email is sent, titled Watch Now, with a link to access lectures. See Detailed Instructions


 How do I download & stream lectures on my computer or device?

 See Detailed Instructions


Where should I place my child?

Student Placement Chart  This page also has information on our free consulting service.



Why use Saxon Math?

See  Saxon Math  


How does DIVE work? 











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Dr. Shormann teaches every lesson step by step on a digital blackboard that looks and sounds like a real classroom. The only difference is, you can easily pause, rewind and fast-forward the lecture, learning at your own pace. With degrees in aerospace engineering and science, Dr. Shormann has over 15 years experience teaching all levels of Saxon Math. His unique experience enables him to understand how all the lessons in a book fit together as well as how the curriculum builds all the way through Calculus and Physics.



Teaching three to five practice problems in each lesson, Dr. Shormann reviews previously learned concepts and connects each "bite-sized" concept to the next. This makes complex concepts easier to grasp while showing students the big picture. During the lecture, students work interactively by taking notes and working the practice problems with him. They are encouraged to pause, rewind, and fast-forward until they fully understand the new concept. View sample lectures on the 



Connecting Scripture with math and science, he teaches math as the God-given language of science, a tool for understanding God’s creation and the purpose and pattern evident in Creation. The history of mathematics is also discussed which shows the tremendous Christian heritage of mathematics and science, and how all mathematics resulted from a study of His creation. It doesn’t take long to discuss, but it is important to remind all students that God is the Author and Creator of all knowledge, including mathematics. Consider this: in our world, there exists a huge collection of facts, all subject to interpretation. Who do you want to interpret those facts for your child, a Christian or a non-Christian?  



After the lecture, students complete homework problems in the Saxon textbook. Each homework set provides continual review of previously learned concepts. Research has shown this method superior for increasing long term retention and recall time but it can be a problem for students who need to re-learn forgotten concepts. With DIVE, the student simply re-watches the corresponding DIVE lecture which is printed in parentheses next to each question. Better than giving them the answer, the student relearns the forgotten concept and immediately applies it to the problem; significantly increasing retention.



The Saxon Homestudy Kit includes a Solutions Manual which shows how to work each problem step by step. We recommend reviewing the correpsonding DIVE lesson first, then consult the Solutions Manual if further help is needed. If more help is needed, you can email Dr. Shormann for more detailed explainations. However, our program is so comprehensive, this is rarely necessary. SEE WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY BY CLICKING ON THE REVIEWS TAB.




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  1. Game changer!

    Posted by Unknown on 28th Nov 2019

    Bought this half way thru Algebra 1. Saxon explanations in the book alone are through but difficult to understand. Dr. S makes it easy- even for parents that are a bit rusty in their math skills. I (mom) watch them every day and plan to use all the way thru high school. Please don't stop making. Dr. S has a calm, clear, pleasant manner. Easy peasy now. This has made me see that the Saxon program truly works. I (mom) can explain concepts to younger children because I now understand better. A Blessing!

  2. A Lifesaver!

    Posted by A on 28th May 2019

    Finding myself needing to brush up on Algebra. The book explanation is soooo complicated. Dr. S. makes it seem easy. Concise. Clear. Comprehensive. I even find myself using his 'language' to teach my younger children. Save yourself some frustration, and leave it to Dr. S. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Great product; prevents a lot of arguments

    Posted by BG on 13th Oct 2016

    A life saver. My daughter is at the age where she doesn't want to listen to me. DIVE provides a competent teacher whom we can take with us anywhere. As my daughter says, "We don't fight as much now."

  4. GREAT help

    Posted by Lynn Berns on 9th Jul 2015

    The DIVE teaching lectures were recommended to us by a friend at the Homeschool convention. Our friend could not say enough great things about the lectures. We are competent in math, but were not able to help our student. The teaching lectures saved the day for us. They are GREAT help and more cost-effective than any other solution with which we could come up. We are committed to Saxon Math for our students and could not be more happy with the DVD lectures. Thanks!

  5. Excellent to promote self learning

    Posted by D. Sacco on 27th Feb 2014

    My daughter was stuck with Algebra I - she did fine through the first lessons (which are typically review) but then couldn't figure out the problems. I am an awful teacher with Algebra as I just see it differently than others. So we purchased the iTunesU program so she can learn by herself and go over the problems as many times as she needs to. So far her test scores are excellent and she is studying without me completely!

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