This course extends students’ knowledge and understanding of the real number system and its properties through the study of variables, expressions, equations, inequalities, and analysis of data derived from real-world phenomena. Emphasis is placed on making connections in algebra to arithmetic, geometry, and statistics. Critical thinking skills, calculator and computer technologies are essential components in this course.  It is also important to know that this course has an associated Standards of Learning (SOL) test.  Students will participate in this test only if they have not yet met the verified credit requirement for graduation and/or satisfied a federal participation requirement.  Students who are not eligible to participate in the SOL will still be able to use their class average and attendance to earn a final exam exemption.

Below is the link to the PWCS Pacing Guide for Algebra 1 SY 2019-2020.


Dear students and parents/guardians,

I know that mixed emotions are going on with the announcement that schools are closed for the remainder of the academic school year.  The Potomac family hopes that you and your family are safe and well.

I wish all the Seniors resilience. Just know that this is a small setback on the long journey of life.  You have worked hard this far, and the lessons of the past will give you a foundation to overcome future obstacles.

To ALL my students, I am sorry that you did not get a chance to say goodbye to many of your friends. I will miss seeing and working with all of you.  

Hopefully, we will overcome the national crisis and become wiser, stronger and kinder.

I know a lot of you are worried about grades, make-ups and re-testing, and how the rest of the year will be handled.  However, Prince William County Schools will give teachers instructions about how to proceed in this matter.  

As soon as I know ANYTHING, I will let you know how we will continue.  

There is NO SOL this year for Algebra I! The remainder of the school year the will focus on the review of the completed curriculum. The class website will be updated with suggested review materials.

Take care!
Mrs. Mattison


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