Recently a parent asked, “What is the correct high school sequence for Algebra and Geometry?” This is a common question in the high school homeschooling world, and nothing to be ashamed of if you don’t already know.

In a nutshell, a typical high school progression, that is for students who follow a somewhat traditional program, is this:

- Algebra I
- Geometry
- Algebra II

However, some families prefer, and have had success with this:

- Geometry
- Algebra I
- Algebra II

or even this, though less often:

- Algebra I
- Algebra II
- Geometry

When homeschooling, the choice is entirely yours.

If following a homeschool curriculum or using a standard series of textbooks, you’ll probably end up doing the traditional Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II sequence. Note, however, that some curriculum products written for homeschoolers INCLUDE geometry in the Algebra courses themselves, thus eliminating the need to take it as a separate course.

This scenario assumes that students are ready for algebra in Freshman year of high school, or the 9th grade. Since many students complete pre-algebra in the 8th grade, this generally works out nicely.

For students who begin algebra in middle school, the sequence can certainly be altered, or accelerated, depending on your needs and your student’s abilities.

What follows these classes is also up to you, but may include Pre-Calculus, Calculus or Trigonometry for college bound students, or anything ranging from Consumer Math to Statistics for others.