Teaches Every Concept on the ACT, PSAT, & SAT
with a Biblical & Historical Foundation
Since Saxon Math does not teach all the concepts on the newly redesigned PSAT & SAT, Dr. Shormann published a new curriculum that teaches every concept on the ACT, PSAT, and SAT, uses John Saxon's proven teaching methods, and incorporates 21st Century topics like computer math, technology applications, and current real-world word problems.
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
A biblical & historical foundation teaches the "why" of learning math.
State-of-the-Art eLearning System
Assignments are organized by week. Select a week to view
all the assignments for that week.
Step-by-step instruction for every lesson.
A link to a similar example problem and a link to the video lecture makes it easy
to re-learn forgotten concepts.
eLearning Course Contents
24 Month Suscription to Shormann Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry
Weekly Assignment Chart
Automated grading & grade recording of all assignments
Video solutions & PDF solutions for all assignments
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
Completed Any Pre-Algebra, Saxon 8/7, or Saxon Algebra 1/2
Important: Student Placement Info & Tests
Shormann Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry Laying a firm foundation for upper level math, this course teaches all the topics required for a 21st Century Algebra 1 course including simplifying algebraic expressions, solving equations (linear and quadratic) and linear systems. Geometry is integrated throughout the course, developing long-term retention and fluency of both Algebra and Geometry skills. Geometry topics include proof, logic, Euclidian geometry, perimeter, area, and volume. Other topics include measurement, computer math, technology applications, statistics and a gentle introduction to basic calculus. With over 100 questions from the PSAT, SAT, and ACT this course starts the process of preparing students for these exams.
Designed for use as an honors, standard or remedial course, Shormann Algebra 1 has 100 daily lessons, 28 weekly quizzes, and four quarterly exams.
Credits: 1 Algebra 1 and 1/2 Geometry
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- Comparison Saxon vs Shormann Math
Why did Dr. Shormann write 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 Biblical & 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
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).
How Does the eLearning Course Work?
Watch this short video to view the eLearning system, video lectures, automated grading, grade recording, video solutions, quarterly exams, quizzes, and more!
*Saxon Algebra 1 3rd Edition users click here to learn more.
**Saxon Algebra 2 users click here to learn more.
3 Semester Option
Since Shormann Algebra 1 & 2 each earn 3 semesters of math credits, students can take up to 3 semesters to complete them. Instead of planning the lessons over three semesters, use the Timed Method, which allows the student to learn at their own pace which develops fluency.
.Caution: Dr. Shormann does not recommend "pushing" a student to beyond their God-given ability to achieve advanced levels. This may affect fluency and, in the end, require more time to complete the course. Instead, use the self-paced timed method (described in the Teacher Guide and under Scheduling below).
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. Learn More about AP Exams
While advanced math students can complete Shormann Algebra 1 in as little as 30 weeks, good to average math students usually complete the course in 36 weeks. Remedial or reluctant math students may take a little longer. Since three semesters of credit is earned in this course (1 credit of Algebra 1 and 1/2 credit of geometry), students can take up to three semesters to complete it.
While the eLearning course is setup on a 30 week schedule, a normal school year is 36 weeks. This means there are six additional weeks that allow the student to slow down, as needed, to re-learn forgotten concepts, ensuring mastery and fluency are developed. Instead of requiring the student to complete a full lesson per day, I recommend working on math 4-5 days per week for no more than an 1 - 1.5 hours each. At the end of this time, regardless of how much of the lesson has been completed, have the student stop. Then, pickup where they left off the next day. Over time, as fluency is developed, they will complete more and more of the lesson during this time.
If I use the timed method, how will my student finish on time?
The timed method usually has the opposite effect than what parents expect. While a strong math student will usually complete the course in 30-34 weeks, an average math student may take 36-45 weeks. However, since Shormann Algebra 1 & 2 earn 3 semesters of math credits each (see chart below), taking up to 54 weeks (3 semesters). is perfectly fine. While Shormann Math is not Common Core, CC recommends an integrated geometry/algebra approach which spreads Algebra and Geometry over three years. While, their approach is more like mixing than true integration, colleges are now familiar with the integrated approach and are not surprised or confused when these credits are listed on the transcript. Learn More About Transcripts
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.
24 Month eCourse Subscription $139 per Course
- Setup on a 30 week schedule but can be stretched to 3 or 4 semesters
- 24 Month access to the eCourse for one student
- Self-paced; no due dates, parents can change grades and reset assignments
- Includes printable eTextbook, eSolutions Manual, & eTeacher’s Guide
- Use as an honors, standard, or remedial course
- Subscription FAQs: Student Email and Sibling FAQs
Discounted Sibling Subscription $39 per Course
Once you purchase a subscription for one child in your family,
the subscription can be renewed for each sibling for $39
- $39 Sibling enrolled concurrently with the primary student
- $39 Sibling enrolled at a later time (no time limit between siblings)
- Purchase sibling subscription when sibling is ready to start
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
- CLEP College Algebra earns 3 college credit
- Passing scores also validates high school trancripts
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
- 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.
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”
Ideal Course Sequence
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.
Do you think the best way to teach mathematics is from a biblical and God-glorifying foundation? Since scholars describe mathematics as "the language of science," does it make sense to you for math to be taught like a language, with incremental development coupled with continual review? Do you think knowing some things about mathematics history might help students understand the "why" of high school mathematics, thereby making math more interesting and meaningful? Do you think it's possible to gently introduce some Calculus basics to an Algebra 1-level student, thereby improving their chances of success in a future calculus course? If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, then Shormann Math is for you! Watch the introductory lecture in Shormann Math Algebra 1. Click the following link to view the corresponding Lesson 1 Reading Assignment: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-DpCd663CG4emVZRnhJdjVUZk0/view?usp=sharing To read an overview of Shormann Math Algebra 1's core ideas, view the table of contents, etc., click here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mXwHbfScPAT8O2vXJmhJSR7xHUwxPkRpPuIJo3tRac4/edit?usp=sharing
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My son is thriving!
Posted by Denise on 13th Dec 2017
Shormann math (Algebra 1) is exactly what my son needs. He thrives on Dr. Shormann’s gentle style.. He is enormously gifted as an instructor. There are so many safety nets that students can’t help but succeed.
My son was written off as a poor student last year in math, but this year he has exceeded my expectations. This is a testament to the precise instruction given.
Look no further. This is a fantastic program.
Best Math and Test Prep
Posted by Babs on 11th Nov 2017
We have used Saxon in conjunction with the DIVE learning and Dr. Shormann live classes for years. My oldest is graduating college this year and my senior is graduating high school...both boys finished college algebra and calculus by the end of their junior years AND scored in the 93nd and 99th percentile respectively on the ACT! This was in part due to the integration of geometry with the math. Yet, as I sit with my third student as he goes through the Shormann Alg. 1 lessons, I can see that Shormann Algebra far exceeds what Saxon provided. And I often stop the lesson after Dr. Shormann shares Biblical truth to tell my son what a privilege it is to have that wisdom with our math! Additionally, my son really enjoys Dr. Shormann. Thank you all at DIVE for providing this wonderful curriculum.
An answer to prayer!
Posted by Kristen on 31st Oct 2017
We needed to change up our math program this year. I love Saxon math and have used it for years, but we needed greater accountability. I love that Shormann math is a similar math program as Saxon, but provides the accountability we need!
Loving Shormann Math
Posted by Unknown on 29th Aug 2017
I just wanted to let you that I am loving the Shormann math. I used Saxon and the DIVE CDS for my first kids, and it wasn't super successful because of the number of problems required for each lesson. I was hesitant to buy Shormann math because of the online component. However, I printed everything off (student text and the teacher books), and we are cruising. I love the Biblical integration, the historical references to important mathematicians, and the predictable 20 problem homework set. The online homework submission is actually much easier than other platforms that we have tried before (user friendly with multiple choice instead of having kids type in long equations that are likely to have typos). Anyway, this is a great investment, and I look forward to Algebra 1/Geometery now. Thank you for a great product.
Posted by Kemberly L. Moody on 23rd Aug 2017
Shormann math was a great purchase for my daughter. The program and videos allow her to work very independently and pace herself to be consistent and to mastery with her lessons. She enjoys the integration of the topics related to math shared in the videos.
Perfect All-Around Product
Posted by Jessica on 27th Jun 2017
This economical, self-paced math curriculum with video lessons has been an answer to prayer for our large homeschooling family. It fits in our budget, yet we don't sacrifice any features. The interactive, self-paced style takes the teaching load off of Mom and Dad. The links to the lesson where a homework question is addressed makes it easy for a parent to jump into the middle of an assignment and help the child find the answer; however, it's so well designed, that I do not receive many questions from my student. I tell everyone I know about these math and science products!
Posted by Grateful Mom on 7th Mar 2017
My child used Abeka her entire school career (which she loved). However, we switched to Saxon Pre-Algebra for 8th grade, because we joined Classical Conversations. But she hated Saxon and was in tears everyday. So, we tried Bob Jones for Algebra 1, but it wasn't working for us. I found Shormann at the end of the first semester and ordered it. My child loves Math again and is excited because she understands it and is once again doing well. Also, the logic taught in Shormann is a refresher of the logic course she took last year in Classical Conversations. I love how Shormann is such a perfect match for CC and the Biblical aspect to it. This is not just a traditional Math program with Bible verse scattered throughout. Shormann integrates Biblical teaching into the lessons so well. I have finally found a Math program that we can use for the rest of her High School years.
Shormann Math has been such a blessing and an answer to prayer.
Shormann Algebra 1 with Integrated Geometry
Posted by Tara Strom on 12th Jan 2017
Very good program. Took a bit to figure out how to use it, but once my son figured it out, it has been a great program. Prior to using Shormann we used Saxon with Dive CD.
So thankful for Shormann Math!
Posted by Unknown on 1st Oct 2016
Shormann Math has made my son more independent. He is learning and doing Algebra 1 without my assistance. I believe Shormann math is preparing my son for college. I am very pleased with his progress.
Like Saxon, but updated, interactive, and encouraging
Posted by Jeff Jarrett on 25th Sep 2016
This curriculum has been helpful to us while our 9th grader is re-taking Algebra 1. He did Saxon last year, but needed more instructor-led introduction to the material. We like how it keeps with the Saxon 3rd edition approach, but is updated. We like that the number of problems is reduced (to 20) compared to Saxon (30). They have been flexible to change grades / scores when I determined that my son should have gotten credit for an answer (i.e. computer glitch, typo, etc...).