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A calculated break
Students refresh knowledge at algebra camp

SNELLVILLE - For some Brookwood High School students, preparing for the upcoming school year equates to simplifying quadratic equations and multiplying binomials.

About 40 students are participating this week in the Algebra II Academy, a camp designed to refresh students' knowledge and kickstart their math skills before classes begin, Brookwood Community School Director Dan Chelko said. In all, about 100 students signed up for one of the camp's four sessions - an increase from past summers.

Leslie Stapley, a Lawrenceville resident entering her sophomore year at Brookwood, said she was a little hesitant when her mother put her in a camp to practice algebra for three hours per day for a week.

"I didn't think I would enjoy it, but actually I am enjoying it," Stapley said. "I realized I did need to review (algebra), and I also realized I'm pretty good at it. ... If I didn't come here, I wouldn't have reviewed at all and probably would have fallen, gradewise."

Snellville resident Aaron Smith, also a rising sophomore, agreed it was a good class.

"It helps refresh some things I lost over the summer," he said.

Lesley Grimes, a math teacher at Brookwood, said the academy helps build students' confidence, which can help give them a strong start at the beginning of the year.

"Math is all about confidence," Grimes said. "Really, this just reminds them of what they've already done."