Algebra 2 Syllabus

Algebra 2
Mrs. Starnes
2018 – 2019 School Year

Course Description:

Topics covered first semester are linear functions, linear systems, quadratic functions and polynomial functions.  Semester two includes the study of radical functions, exponential and logarithmic functions and finally, rational functions.  In April, a unit on probability and statistics will be inserted so that students are prepared for the SAT test.


  1. 3 – ring binder with paper
  2. scientific calculator (A TI-84 plus graphing calculator will be used in class for demonstrations)

Classroom Expectations:

  1. Students will be in their seats, ready to work when the bell rings. 
  2. Materials will be brought to class daily.
  3. No food will be allowed in class. A bottle of water is acceptable.
  4. All cell phones will be turned off during class.  Students will not be allowed to have them out unless told otherwise.

Grading Policy:

Students will be graded on a weighted grade system and will receive an accumulative grade for the entire semester.  

For a grade of an A, students will have earned at least a 90% for the semester.

 For a grade of a B, students will have earned an 80 – 89% for the semester.

For a grade of a C, students will have earned a 70 – 79% for the semester.

 For a grade of a D, students will have earned a 60 – 69% for the semester.

Grading Categories and Weights for each Category:

                                                        Assessments:  70%

                                               Home-learning Assignments:  15%

                                                        Class Work:  15%                 

Students will be given progress reports every six weeks.  Progress report grades will be based solely on the percentage earned up to that point.

Attendance Policy:

In order for students to be successful in this course, it is essential that they attend class every day.  The Lakewood High School attendance policy will be followed.  If a student is absent, it is their responsibility to find out what was missed during office hours only and complete the makeup work in a timely manner.  A list of assignments will be posted on my website - it is highly encouraged that students look there first to see what they missed.

Homework Policy:

In order for students to be successful in this course, it is crucial that homework be completed on a consistent basis.  Assignments will be checked or turned in almost daily at the beginning of the class period that they are due.  Each assignment will be worth 10 points.  No late work will be accepted.


A test will be given at the completion of every unit.  Each unit test will be worth 100 points.  If a student is absent it is their responsibility to schedule a makeup time.  

Final Exam: 

A comprehensive final exam will be given each semester that is worth 100 points.  If the score on the final exam is better than a student’s lowest test score, then a student may replace his or her lowest test score with the score they receive on the final exam if and only if they have at least an 80% homework average for the semester.

Office Hours:

My office hours are before school on orange days from 7:05 – 7:35 in room B201.  On black days my office hours are in the afternoon from 3:10 – 3:40 in room B201. You do not need to schedule an appointment ahead of time if you are coming in for help.

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