Algebra 1

Foerster Algebra 1 provides a strong course for the Algebra I student. This course provides the backbone of Algebra I concepts to prepare the student for taking Algebra II, and adequately prepares a student to take the Algebra I Math sections of the PSAT, SAT, and ACT standardized tests.

Course Description

Students can succeed in this course after completing any pre-Algebra course, including the Saxon Math 8/7 (with pre-Algebra) text, Math 7 with pre-Algebra course, Pre-Algebra course, or Saxon Algebra 1/2 text. Students who struggled with Saxon Math 8/7 or the Math 7 with Pre-Algebra course are advised to use Saxon Algebra 1/2 or another Pre-Algebra course prior to beginning this course. Note that about the first five chapters will include much review of pre-Algebra concepts.

This course is typically done in the 8th or 9th grade. Topics include: fundamental operations, functions and graphs, domain and range of functions, integers, rational numbers, absolute values, equations in one variable, equations in two variables, simultaneous equations, exponents, polynomials, factoring, fractions, square roots, quadratic equations, graphing quadratic equations, real numbers, fractional equations, inequalities, graphing inequalities in two variables, and arithmetic and geometric sequences.

 

Prerequisites:

  • Math 7 with a first semester grade of A OR a math assessment test (score of 80% or above), or Math 8
  • Assessment test should be administered upon completion of Math 7 or equivalent.
Course Expectations

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (K) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, periodic exams and quizzes.  Kolbe Honors (H) students will go into more depth and cover more material than the Kolbe Core (K) students.

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course. In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

Course Texts
  • Algebra 1, Paul Foerster, Prentice Hall Classics
  • Solutions - Algebra 1, Paul Foerster, Prentice Hall Classics
  • Foerster's Home Study Companion (This course companion is optional, but recommended. It is listed under the Algebra 1 "Optional Material" section in the Kolbe Bookstore.)

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Course Plan Sample

Note that this is the digital version of the homeschool course plan, which is found in the course's associated Parent Group.  This course plan is built into the Schoology course for the student. 

FoersterAlgebraISample.pdf

Course Details:

Section Number

SCM-08ALG1FR

 Video Presenter 

Mrs. Cerroni

Grades (Typical)

 8 - 12 (8th, 9th)

Tuition

$499

Self-Paced Plus Grading Assistance
(Optional)

$200

Credits (Type)

 10 (Mathematics)

Transcript Designation

 K

Pre-requisite

 Algebra 1 placement exam and successful completion of

Math 7 with Pre-Algebra, Pre-Algebra or equivalent.

Self-Paced Companion Course

Introduction to Physics and Chemistry

Online Companion Course

Introduction to Physics and Chemistry

Notes

Also offered at the Kolbe Honors
(H) level for an additional $69.