So currently I’m taking my district’s non-advanced, basic 8th grade pre-algebra class. This puts me on track to take algebra 1 in 9th, geometry in 10th, and algebra 2 in 11th. Taking algebra 2 in 11th means I’m not fully prepared for the PSAT.

I could probably switch to algebra 1 for my 8th grade year, but I fear that I wouldn’t be prepared for the class and would likely miss out on learning important pre-algebra concepts. This could set me even further behind.

I haven’t researched summer classes or after-school tutoring yet. What if my best option were…?

Summer classes or online courses could be a great option. Check out Khan Academy or ALEKS for extra help to get ready for algebra 1. Some schools also offer summer bridge programs to help students catch up. Definitely look into that!

If you feel unprepared for algebra 1 right now, maybe ask your teacher for extra resources or try after-school tutoring. Mastering pre-algebra is crucial so you don’t struggle later on. Once you’re more comfortable, you could move up faster.

I think if you can get through pre-algebra strong, you can always take algebra 1 over the summer or online. That way, you’re not skipping important concepts, but still moving ahead. Also, see if your school allows you to take classes at your local community college.