Algebra 1

Master Teacher: Angela Ellis
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (34 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 8th grade level and up.
Tuition: $519 for HSLDA Members / $599 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. Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared for Algebra 2 and Geometry.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 23, 2021 - May 6, 2022

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Closed Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Paige Jackson

Section 2: Closed Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Sharon Fisher

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

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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 and their faith. Throughout the course, students will engage in discussions about their faith, mathematics, and God's handiwork.

    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 5-7 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
    • 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
  • 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 bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • 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 $80 on yearlong high school courses in addition to Early Registration discounts!