Honors Algebra 1 | 2021-22 

In this live online 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.​

  • Students will meet live with their instructor and classmates for 90 minutes once a week on ZOOM in an active and engaging problem session.

  • Live sessions will consist of examples offered by the instructor, small-group collaboration, and plenty of time to ask questions. 

  • The instructor is available throughout each week via email or through live, regularly scheduled office hours.

    • Students are welcome to drop in to office hours for quick questions or to treat office hours as a study hall, logging in and completing classwork with their microphones muted--and then asking the instructor for assistance if and when questions arise.

Class Details

  • Honors Algebra 1 is an advanced class, and a placement test will be available if you wish to confirm it will be a good fit.

  • 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

  • Office Hours: 

    • Tuesday | 2-5 p.m. EST

    • Wednesday | 12-3 p.m. EST

    • Thursday | 6-8 p.m. EST

    • Other times can be arranged at student request.

  • 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.

  • 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 problem 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 will offer supplementary videos and links to on-the-spot explanations.

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

  • To encourage mastery, students will use the online resource IXL--which offers targeted practice in hundreds of skills that are foundational to Algebra 1 success and which utilizes 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 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 throughout each week, this course is designed to help students successfully learn and enjoy Algebra!


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