Saxon Math (Upper/High School)

Our Review of Saxon Math

Our family has been using Saxon Math since our oldest (21 as of fall 2020) was elementary aged. I quickly stopped using the elementary levels of Saxon as our daughter found it to be too boring. We switched back at the 5/4 level and our oldest have used 5/4 all the way through Calculus. In my opinion, Saxon is a more advanced program versus Teaching Textbooks (which we also use) and will serve your child well if they plan on going to college. 

Not a math whiz? Me neither. A common question I have been asked over the years is how do I teach high school level math. I don’t. We utilize the DIVE CD’s (Digital Interactive Video Education) with Saxon. From the publisher:

The DIVE software teaches each Saxon lesson concept step-by-step on a digital whiteboard, averaging about 10-15 minutes in length; because each lesson is stored separately, you can easily move about from lesson-to-lesson as well as maneuver within the lesson you’re watching. DIVE teaches the same concepts as Saxon, but does not use the problems given in the text; it cannot be used as a solutions manual.

And for full disclosure, my husband is a Geological Engineer – so he’s also a great help when the kids have questions!

Where to Buy

We personally have bought our Saxon math books from, they have good prices and run sales and free shipping specials throughout the year.

Saxon Math Curriculum Description (from publisher)

Saxon Algebra 1/2
Algebra 1/2 provides a full pre-algebra course and an introduction to geometry and discrete mathematics. Topics covered include Prime and Composite numbers; fractions & decimals; order of operations, coordinates, exponents, square roots, ratios, algebraic phrases, probability, the Pythagorean Theorem and more.

Saxon Algebra 1
Students will develop the understanding they need to resolve more complex problems and functions. Covers topics including signed numbers, exponents, and roots; absolute value; equations and inequalities; scientific notations; unit conversions; polynomials; graphs; factoring; quadratic equations; direct and inverse variations; exponential growth; statistics; and probability.

Saxon Algebra 1, 4th Edition
This 4th Edition is perfect for students who plan to take Saxon Geometry. Featuring the same incremental approach that’s the hallmark of the Saxon program, the 4th Edition Algebra textbooks feature more algebra and precalculus content and fewer geometry lessons than their 3rd Edition counterparts.

Saxon Algebra 2
Traditional second-year algebra topics, as well as a full semester of informal geometry, are included with real-world, abstract and interdisciplinary applications. Topics include geometric functions like angles, perimeters, and proportional segments; negative exponents; quadratic equations; metric conversions; logarithms; and advanced factoring.

Saxon Algebra 2, 4th Edition
Provide students with a college-prep Algebra II course that will allow them to easily progress onto even more difficult mathematical challenges. Saxon Algebra 2, 4th Edition prepares students for calculus through explicit embedded geometry instruction. Trigonometry concepts, statistics, and applications for other subjects such as physics and chemistry are also included.

Saxon Geometry
Presented in the familiar Saxon approach of incremental development and continual review, topics are continually kept fresh in students’ minds. Covers triangle congruence, postulates, theorems, surface area, slopes, and more.

Saxon Advanced Math
Prepare your students for future success in calculus, chemistry, physics, and social sciences! The 125 incremental lessons provide in-depth coverage of trigonometry, logarithms, analytic geometry, and upper-level algebraic concepts.

Saxon Calculus
Through the 148 sequential lessons students will incrementally build their knowledge through continual practice and review. Follows a condensed summary of key algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry topics.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Eighth Grade – Twelfth Grade

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