Prerequisites: Qualifying math score and completion of grade 5 math or equivalent
Course Format: Individually Paced
Course Length: Typically 6 months
Course Code: HPA
This is a full-length online Honors Pre-Algebra course for accelerated students. This course is aligned to both Grades 7 and 8 Common Core Mathematics Standards. In this course, students will be introduced to algebraic concepts through both theory and applications. Modeling and real-world problems are introduced throughout the course. This course focuses on the study of algebraic manipulation and graphical interpretations, and covers topics normally taught in middle school for preparation of Honors Algebra I.
Online course materials, such as videos, notes, interactive webpages, and practice problems with solutions, are provided for the student. Students progress through the course at their own pace and are expected to watch videos and review notes regularly. Each student is assigned to a CTY instructor to help them during their course. Students can contact their instructors via email with any questions or concerns at any time. Live one-on-one online review sessions can be scheduled as well to prepare for the graded assessments, which include homework, chapter exams, and a cumulative midterm and final.
Instructors use virtual classroom software allowing video, voice, text, screen sharing, and whiteboard interaction. Students are strongly encouraged to work on the course at least 1 hour a day, 5 days a week (for a 6-month enrollment), and email their instructors at least once per week.
Please see the "List of Topics" tab for the full scope and sequence.
A graphing calculator is required.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate mastery over the following topics:
Each week, all students are invited to a Problem Solving Help Room run by a rotating staff of instructors. Students are encouraged to come with questions or just to meet other online students. Topics reviewed vary each week.
The Problem Solving Help Room meets each Tuesday from 7 – 8 p.m. ET.
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.