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Master Teacher: Heather Kipp
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks).
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 7th grade level and up.
Tuition: $629 for HSLDA Members / $699 for non-members

Description: Algebra is abstract by nature, and students often find it challenging to comprehend. Pre-Algebra addresses this issue by building on students’ existing knowledge of arithmetic, which is more concrete and has more real-world application than algebra. Pre-Algebra demonstrates that these two mathematical disciplines are closely related. Students are also shown how to make connections between algebra and the world God created, which brings relevancy to otherwise unfeeling and esoteric ideas and practices. Pre-Algebra students do not utilize calculators for their reasoning and computations; this is done to ensure students develop a strong understanding of the concepts presented.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 19, 2024 - May 2, 2025

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Wednesdays, 9:30–11:00 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 academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Students Will Learn

    • How to explain, classify, and perform basic operations on the set of real numbers without the use of a calculator
    • How to solve simple one-variable equations
    • How to solve, check, and graph basic linear equations and inequalities
    • How to translate verbal expressions into algebraic expressions, equations, and/or inequalities.
    • How to use various problem-solving strategies to solve real-life applications
    • How to use ratios, proportions, and percents to solve problems
    • How to use and apply properties and formulas to solve geometric problems
  • 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
    • 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 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 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 fully understand elementary arithmetic operations and their application to the real number system. Students should also have introductory knowledge of absolute value, square roots and basic exponents, place value, properties of equality, and simple equations.

  • 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.