Female Student

Honors Algebra 1

The Fine Print

Course Goals

  • To offer a multifaceted approach to algebra: students will learn to express concepts, results and problems graphically, numerically, analytically and verbally.

  • To use technology to help experiment, solve problems, interpret results, and support conclusions. 

  • To learn problem-solving techniques that will maximize computational efficiency while minimizing computational errors.

Topics Covered

  • The real number system, order of operations, and properties of real numbers

  • Fundamentals of algebra:  writing and evaluating algebraic expressions

  • Exponents, monomials and polynomials, rational expressions and equations

  • Factoring and solving systems of linear equations and inequalities

  • Solving and graphing linear and quadratic equations

  • Data analysis and display


  • Students must have successfully completed a Pre-Algebra class.

  • Students should be able to:

    • Solve multi-step equations

    • Solve one and two step inequalities

    • Graph linear equations

    • Plot points on a coordinate plane

    • Substitute values into an equation

    • Write expressions and equations from word problems


Course Details 

  • Please see the FAQ for class days/times/breaks.

  • Please see the FAQ for CA homeschool charters that designate this class as a-g approved


Instructor Demo

  • ZOOM Demo: Lindsey Thompson demonstrates her instructional approach and previews technology resources that she and students will be using.

Course Resources



Other Resources

  • Glencoe digital companion to Algebra 1 text (ebook & web resources included in tuition) 

  • Geogebra free application for students to visualize 2D and 3D geometric shapes and their properties

  • Desmos.com - a free online graphing program

  • Notebook or binder

  • Graph paper



  • Optional. Students will mostly be using a free online graphing application to graph functions and to become familiar with families of functions. A graphing calculator will be handy, but is not absolutely necessary.  

  • If students plan to purchase a graphing calculator, we recommend the TI-84 series.

Technical Resources

We use ZOOM for live meetings. U.S. and international students need:

  • A reliable internet connection

  • A computer with a web-cam

  • Recommended: a headset with a microphone (a built-in computer microphone will work if needed)

  • Requested: students who attend classes live are asked to keep their webcams on during class