College Prep Math
College Prep Math is a self-paced, mastery-based program intended to get students ready for college-level math courses. It's designed to help students identify the areas they need to strengthen and develop their skills so they are equipped for success in college. In addition, students can avoid paying tuition for courses that do not apply toward their degree.
How Does It Work?
The College Prep Math program takes students through teacher-guided online modules. Students begin in the Basic Math and Pre-algebra curriculum, which provides them an individualized review of foundational mathematics. Students practice skills at their own pace, both at home and in the classroom, using a series of modules that allow them to master concepts that build upon one another. Instructors are available to provide assistance as needed.
After completing each module, students take a final assessment and must achieve 80% or above to move on to the next level. Any concepts that are not mastered are added back into the student's module, creating a customized learning experience.
Students who pass all three College Prep Math modues and choose to come to Columbus State Community College will be able to immediately register for college-level mathematics.
Where is It Offered?
College Prep Math is offered in Ohio high schools from partner school districts that include Columbus City, South-Western, Gahanna, Canal Winchester, Whitehall and Marysville. Students should ask their school counselors if Columbus State's College Prep Math will be offered at their high school.
Benefits of College Prep Math
College Prep Math can result in sustantial savings of both time and money. Students who complete College Prep Math can register for college-level math in their first semester at Columbus State, avoiding classes that do not count toward a college degree. This lets the student move toward their degree from the start, and avoid paying tuition or using financial aid for courses that are not part of their plan of study.
It's a high school-college partnership that increases student success, reduces college costs, and benefits everyone involved.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can take College Prep Math?
The course is intended for high school students who have gaps in their algebraic knowledge and are not prepared for college-level mathematics.
How is College Prep Math different than a regular high school math course?
The curriculum within College Prep Math utilizes an online learning environment that creates individualized curricular paths for every student. The mastery learning design of the software and on-demand instruction from the teacher allows students to learn math with greater success. The curriculum is divided into three course modules to align with Columbus State's precollege-level math sequence. Students who complete all three modules are eligible to register for college-level mathematics at Columbus State.
Does this course award college credit?
No. College Prep Math is designed to help students improve math skills so they are prepared to take college-level math courses immediately when they get to college.
Do college professors teach the course?
No. The curriculum modules were designed by Columbus State faculty, who train and mentor high school teachers on the technology and pedagogy of teaching the course. The high school teachers then teach College Prep Math.