I wouldn't discount Saxon math based on its association with home schooling. I think the poster above makes a good point, it really depends on your learning style. I heard good things about it, so I picked up a copy of the Algebra I book to use as a backup to the book a high school student I was tutoring had. Mostly for practice problems and the like. I found the explanations in the Saxon book often make more sense to me than the ones in my student's book. Same ideas, just different approaches to the subject. Also, the material seemed better organized and the book doesn't jump around as much. YMMV.