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Algebra 1

Master Teacher: Paige Jackson
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 8th grade level and up.
Tuition: $629 for HSLDA Members / $699 for non-members

Description: Algebra 1 challenges students to think critically and apply their math skills to the world around them. Students learn to view the letters in equations as stand ins for “real life” data. When arranged in an equation, students realize that these letters can help predict future events—i.e., the rise and fall of gas prices, growth rates of bacterial cultures, and average rainfall throughout the year. This course unpacks terms such as “rates of change” and “constant variation,” and demonstrates how to apply them to the variables in question. Students also learn how studying mathematics allows them to better understand their faith and God’s creation.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 19, 2024 - May 2, 2025

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Tuesdays, 10:00–11:30 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Paige Jackson

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

Mr. John Partridge

Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

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  • Students Will Learn

    • How to solve single variable equations and inequalities in multiple steps
    • How to discuss and analyze key component of linear relationships and equations such as slope, rates of change, and intercepts
    • How to write, graph, and solve linear equations in standard form, slope intercept form, and point slope form
    • How to solve systems of linear equations and inequalities
    • How to simplify expressions using laws of exponents
    • How to discuss and analyze key components of quadratic relationships and equations such as zeros, roots, solutions, and the vertex
    • How to solve quadratic equations using a variety of methods such as completing the square, factoring, and the quadratic formula
    • How to discuss measures of central tendency and standard deviation
  • How much homework is in Algebra 1?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5-7 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
    • Additional assignments/quizzes

    Throughout the year, students complete a unit test every 2-4 weeks as well as an exam at the end of each semester.

  • What books will I use in Algebra 1?

    The official booklist for Algebra 1 is now available. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through the Christianbook.com bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through Christianbook.com, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Prerequisites

    Students should have a working knowledge of arithmetic, fractions, algebraic properties, one-step equations, and the ordering of integers, rational, and irrational numbers.

  • 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.