Dual Credit at Regents

Another math option for Regents Academy seniors — besides AP Calculus with SFA math professor Dr. Matthew Beauregard — is a Dual Credit (3-hour credit) College Algebra class. Taught by beloved SFA math professor Dr. Roy Joe Harris, the class is live and interactive, with more than five other remote classrooms from area high schools connected to Dr. Harris’s live on-campus lecture. As Dual Credit students, our RA students have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Harris in person, and they have access to review the recorded lectures later on their own time. Additionally, they can get free tutoring, if desired, at the AARC (Academic Assistance and Resource Center) on the first floor of the Steen Library. These Dual Credit classes allow students to earn college credit for a fraction of the cost of a standard college class.

At this point, College Algebra is the only Dual Credit class Regents Academy offers during the school year and during school hours, but we are hoping to offer similar opportunities in future years.

For more information about Dual Credit College Algebra, please contact Mrs. Alders (

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Baking Up a Math Lesson

The second grade class took a field trip next door to our neighbor Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church and borrowed their kitchen. The class made cookies (which I found quite delicious). But their trip was not just about baking treats. Mrs. Cunyus used baking as a way to teach about adding fractions.

It was a sweet success!

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Dumbed-Down Math

Is there a such thing as a right answer on a math test? Apparently not, at least in New York.

Thankfully, there are still right and wrong answers on math tests at Regents Academy. It’s hard to believe that this would be a way that we would defy the educational wisdom of the age. But that’s what we’re doing.

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Leftovers on the Whiteboard

It’s the time of year a teacher begins to wonder whether or not everything’s been taught.  Sitting at my desk with a view of the whiteboard, I read the lengthy list of Latin verbs we dissected today.  My notes for our final paper are still on the board.  As we listed some main characters from the books we read this year, my students continued to express their awe of all they had completed this year.  Someone said, “That was this year!  I thought Estella happened last year!”  The names of Asian mountains, Pamirs and Tian Shan, are left on my board from the geography bee we enjoy holding at the end of the week.  Beautiful African maps that were colored and labeled by each student hang on my walls.  Piles of notebooks to be graded spill almost into the hallway.  One student, without stopping to think, called out the answer to the question about why Texas’ statehood was denied after we gained our independence from Mexico.

I’m hoping they’ve learned.  I’m hoping they’ve learned more of history, grammar and advanced mathematical procedures.  I’m hoping they’ve learned how to translate Latin sentences with relative ease.  I’m hoping they’ve learned how to get along in a world that isn’t always easy to deal with.  Most of all, I’m hoping they’ve learned that their sixth grade teacher loves them deeply!

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