Honors Algebra 1 | 2021-22 

Blue Tent Algebra 1

In this live online Honors Algebra 1 class, homeschoolers work through daily lessons with short, teacher-recorded video instruction, guided notes, and practice problems. Students are free to complete the lessons and assignments at their own pace within each week, but the course is structured to encourage daily learning and practice.​

Up to four live meetings will be available each week:

  • Students will meet live with their instructor and classmates for 90 minutes once a week on ZOOM in an active and engaging problem session. These live sessions will include examples offered by the instructor, small-group collaboration, and plenty of time to ask questions.

  • In addition to the live 90-minute class, the instructor is available throughout each week in three live, regularly scheduled study halls, ranging from two to three hours each.

    • Students are welcome to drop in to study halls for quick questions or to stay logged in with their microphone's muted--working on their classwork and asking the instructor for on-the-spot assistance if and when questions arise.

Class Details

  • Honors Algebra 1 is a full-year class.

  • Dates: August 23, 2021 to May 13, 2022

    • See our FAQ for a complete list of days, times and breaks for 2021-22.

  • Live Classes: Students share an online classroom but meet in small groups (8 to 10) for their weekly live session to encourage active participation and questions.

    • Section 1 | Thursday | 12-1:30 p.m. EST

    • Section 2 | Friday | 2-3:30 p.m. EST

  • Study Halls:

    • Tuesday | 2-5 p.m. EST

    • Wednesday | 12-3 p.m. EST

    • Thursday | 6-8 p.m. EST

  • Live and Recorded: All live classes will be held on Zoom. Students who attend live classes are asked to please keep their webcams on. Live sessions will be recorded for those who miss classes or prefer to watch later.

  • A self-assessed placement test is available if you wish to confirm that the class will be a good fit.

  • For age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and further recommendations for all classes, please see our FAQ page.

  • CA students: this course is a-g approved if taken through some homeschool charters. See our FAQ.

Foundational Elements

A typical week will open on Monday morning and close the following Sunday. While students may not wish to work on math lessons daily (which is fine), a daily pacing schedule is offered to help them plan, manage their time, and prepare for the live weekly class meeting.

  • Each week will begin with an instructional message in the online classroom about concepts to come.

  • Homework and quizzes will be assigned weekly, with some work completed directly on the website and some uploaded.

  • Students will be offered more than one attempt to complete assignments, encouraging work toward mastery.

  • Some weekly assignments will offer immediate online feedback so that students can proceed at a pace that is optimal for them.

  • Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week on classwork (which includes the instructional videos and live class sessions).

An Array of Resources

The class will use the 2018 edition of McGraw-Hill's Glencoe Algebra 1. This textbook offers clear, uncluttered instruction as well as real-world examples and explanations.

  • Glencoe digital resources included in the cost of tuition include an ebook, supplementary videos, and links to on-the-spot explanations.

  • Interactive applications such as GeoGebra will help students visualize concepts.

  • A graphing calculator app will be used to teach students the various functions and techniques needed to efficiently solve equations on their calculators.

  • A hard-copy of the textbook can be borrowed through the Blue Tent OnLoan program so that students can utilize the online and print resources that work best for their learning styles and preferences.

Test Prep

  • SAT and ACT prep will be interwoven as a regular part of weekly classwork.

  • The class will cover topics and concepts that have not traditionally been part of the Algebra and Geometry sequence but have appeared on recent SAT and ACT tests.

Collaborate. Learn. Enjoy!

Through targeted, teacher-produced recordings, live instruction, interactive resources, and instructor accessibility in study halls throughout each week, this course is designed to help students successfully learn and enjoy Algebra!