HSLDA Online Academy | Algebra 1

Algebra 1

Master Teacher:  Chelsie Price

Chelsie Price, High School Classroom Teacher for Algebra 1Master Teacher

Chelsie Price

BS, Grand Canyon University

Chelsie earned her BS in secondary education with an emphasis in mathematics through Grand Canyon University’s online education program. She chose the flexibility of the online platform to allow her to fulfill her primary role as a blessed mother of two girls. She then obtained her teaching license in Colorado, where she was born and raised, before uprooting to adventure in California.

In addition to her six years of experience teaching and tutoring within the Christian education setting, Chelsie’s extensive experience as an online student gives her a unique perspective in her role as an instructor. She seeks to apply her knowledge to create an enjoyable and connected virtual environment as she engages students in the exploration of new mathematical concepts— showcasing how this foundational knowledge gives us a glimpse of the glory and intricacy of creation and the nature of our Father.

Chelsie lives in Northern California, where she is happily homeschooling her two daughters, tutoring, and substitute teaching. She and her family enjoy reading, board games, hiking, gardening, and fellowshipping with church family.

Chelsie has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

Classroom Teacher:  Rachael Butters

Rachael Butters, High School Classroom Teacher for Algebra 1Classroom Teacher

Rachael Butters 

MA, Saint Xavier University
BA, Trinity International University

Rachael Butters earned her undergraduate degree at Trinity International University in mathematics/secondary education. After graduation, she started teaching high school math at Mundelein High School and completed her master’s degree at St. Xavier University in teaching and leadership. She taught in the public school classroom for nine years, using several different instruction methods for a variety of math classes and levels.

After her first child was born, Rachael decided to stay home to care for her family. During this time she began teaching online college classes for Moody Bible Institute's Distance Learning Program. Over the five years she worked for Moody, she taught a variety of online math classes as well as editing and writing curriculum. Now, Rachael is excited to use her gifts and experience in the online venue by teaching math through HSLDA Online Academy.

Rachael is married to her husband Dean and they have two children: Kate and Collin. They recently moved from the Chicago area to Jupiter, Florida.

Rachael has been teaching with the Academy since 2016.

Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 8th grade level and up.
Early Registration Tuition (ends 6/12): $475 $525 for HSLDA Members/$525 $575 for non-members.  

Description: In Algebra 1, students study linear, quadratic, and inverse relationships, including their real-life applications. This course helps students transition from the concrete thinking presented in previous math classes to the implementation and application of relationships that exist between variables.

Watch a sample clip of an Academy live class session. 

High School Algebra 1 — Live Online Class Session Schedule,
August 27, 2018 - April 26, 2019

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1
Mondays, 5:00–6:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Chelsie Price

Section 2
Tuesdays, 12:00–1:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Rachael Butters 

Section 3
Wednesdays, 11:00 am. – 12:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Rachael Butters 

Additional class times will be added as they become available for registration. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions about Algebra 1

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  • What topics will I learn about in Algebra 1?

    Algebra is the study of the relationship between variables.  In Algebra 1, students will study linear, quadratic, and inverse relationships, including their real life applications. Students will also complete a brief unit on statistics, covering measures of central tendency and standard deviation.

    Algebra 1 is a gateway course to more difficult math courses students will take in the future.

    This course is designed to help students transition from the concrete thinking presented in previous math classes to the implementation and application of relationships that exist between variables.
    By the end of this course, students should be able to:

    • Solve single variable equations and inequalities in multiple steps
    • Discuss and analyze key components of linear relationships and equations such as slope, rates of change, and intercepts
    • Write, graph, and solve linear equations in standard form, slope intercept form, and point slope form
    • Solve systems of linear equations and inequalities
    • Simplify expressions using laws of exponents
    • Discuss and analyze key components of quadratic relationships and equations such as zeros, roots, solutions, and the vertex
    • Solve quadratic equations using a variety of methods such as completing the square, factoring, and the quadratic formula
    • Discuss measures of central tendency and standard deviation

    The course will cover these topics and skills through recorded video lectures, live online instruction, and accompanying textbook assignments.

  • How much homework is in Algebra 1?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5-10 hours per week.

    During a typical week in this course, students will complete the following coursework:

    • 60-90 minutes of live class instruction
    • 3 recorded lectures
    • 15-25 homework problems per lecture
    • Spiral Review assignment/quiz

    Throughout the year, students will also complete the following tasks:

    • Unit test every 2-4 weeks
    • Midterm exam and final exam
  • Am I ready to take Algebra 1?

    Students are ready to take Algebra 1 if they have had exposure to and have a working knowledge of:

    • Computational skills involved in the four basic arithmetic operations including adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing negative and positive integers
    • Addition and subtraction using fractions with common and uncommon denominators
    • Multiplying and dividing fractions
    • Working with properties of algebra including the commutative, associative, and distributive properties, as well as identities, and inverse properties
    • Solving one-step equations and inequalities in one variable
    • Comparing and ordering integers, rational, and irrational numbers according to their value

    Still have questions if you are ready for a standard high school class? Please visit our Academic Readiness page for more information.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Algebra 1?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed Algebra 1 class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements with their instructors to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts. 

  • What is the tuition for Algebra 1?

    Please visit our tuition and discounts page for a full summary about course costs.

    HSLDA members save $50 on yearlong high school courses!