Master Teacher: Heather Kipp
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (34 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 7th grade level and up.
Tuition: $519 for HSLDA Members / $599 for non-members.

Description: Pre-Algebra is a course designed as a bridge between arithmetic and algebra. Students in Pre-Algebra will explore skills and concepts essential to building their understanding of basic algebraic methods. Students will expand the applications of their current knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to include whole and rational numbers, integers, decimals, percentages, simple one-step equations and inequalities, algebraic expressions, linear functions and graphing, area and volume, data analysis, and problem solving and reasoning, among other topics and concepts. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be soundly prepared to proceed confidently into Algebra 1 and subsequent math courses.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 23, 2021 - May 6, 2022

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Closed Wednesdays, 9:00–10:30 a.m. Eastern

Mrs. Heather Kipp

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What topics will I learn about in Pre-Algebra?

    Pre-Algebra is the bridge from arithmetic to algebra, and this course is specifically designed to prepare students for a seamless transition between elementary arithmetic and Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. Students in Pre-Algebra will learn to:

    • Explain, classify, and perform basic operations on the set of real numbers without the use of a calculator.
    • Solve simple one-variable equations.
    • Solve, check, and graph basic linear equations and inequalities.
    • Translate verbal expressions into algebraic expressions, equations, and/or inequalities.
    • Use various problem-solving strategies to solve real-life applications.
    • Use ratios, proportions, and percents to solve problems.
    • Use and apply properties and formulas to solve geometric problems.

    Throughout this mathematical journey, students will also be encouraged to view the material from a Biblical perspective. Important scriptures will be referenced as connections are made between these mathematical concepts and the world God created. Making these connections, as well as discussing and practicing their real-world applications, brings relevancy to otherwise unfeeling and abstract ideas and practices.

  • How much homework is in Pre-Algebra?

    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 Pre-Algebra?

    The official booklist for Pre-Algebra 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 Pre-Algebra?

    Students entering Pre-Algebra should have concrete knowledge of elementary arithmetic operations using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division and a working understanding of their application to the real number system. Students should also have a firm introductory understanding of absolute value, square roots and basic exponents, place value, properties of equality, and solving simple, single variable equations, though the purpose of this class will be devoted to solidifying and expanding these skills.

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Pre-Algebra?

    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 the listed Pre-Algebra class time?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements 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 Pre-Algebra?

    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!