Algebra 1 | 2020-21

In this Algebra 1 online class, homeschoolers meet live twice a week on ZOOM. The first weekly class consists of a lecture introducing new material, and the second is planned as a problem-solving session. The class can be taken live, or students can watch recordings of the classes after they have been held.

  • Algebra 1 is offered as a regular course with an honors option.​ 

  • Students will share a web classroom but will meet in small groups of 5 to 7 for the twice-weekly live sessions.

    • Small groups for live meetings will enable students to more actively participate and ask questions.

    • After registration, students will sign up for the days/times that are convenient for them when they pay tuition

  • A full-year class: Aug 24-May 14

  • Live sections:

    • 1 | M/W 9-10 a.m. Eastern

    • 2 | M/W 1-2 p.m. Eastern

    • 3 | T/Th 10-11 a.m. Eastern

    • 4 | T/Th 2-3 p.m. Eastern

    • All live classes will be recorded. Students can participate live or watch some--or all--classes as recordings after each class is completed.

  • For 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 Saturday morning and close the following Sunday. While students may not wish to work over the weekend (which is fine), this schedule will allow them to plan ahead, looking over upcoming assignments and preparing for the first 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 automatic online feedback so that students can proceed at a pace that is optimal for them.

  • Students should expect to spend 5-7 hours per week (which includes the live Zoom sessions) on classwork.

  • The instructor will be readily available for assistance throughout each week.


Print and Digital

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

  • An Array of Resources

    • Glencoe digital resources designed to be paired with the class text will offer supplementary videos and links to on-the-spot explanations.

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

    • To encourage mastery, students will use the online resource IXL--which offers targeted practice in hundreds of skills foundational to Algebra 1 success and provides diagnostics to determine whether students are still learning, are proficient, or have mastered skills.

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

    • A new hard-copy text can be borrowed through the Blue Tent OnLoan program so that students can utilize a variety of 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.


Honors Option

Students who choose the honors option will be presented with supplementary materials that reinforce, enrich, and expand on topics covered in the class.

  • Supplementary instruction will be delivered in a variety of ways, including ZOOM meetings, recorded videos, and critical thinking assignments.

  • Those choosing the honors option should plan to spend an additional 1-2 hours per week on classwork; however, some students will find they can master the core and supplementary material more efficiently than these hourly estimates.

Collaborate. Learn. Enjoy!

Algebra 1 students will interact regularly with their classmates and instructor during weekly live classes as well as in online forums in their Moodle classroom. Through live instruction, a variety of interactive resources, and a friendly online classroom, this course is designed to help students successfully learn and enjoy Algebra!


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