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Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Pre-algebra or equivalent
Course Format: Individually Paced
Course Length: Typically 6 months
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Course Code: AL1
This is a full-length online Honors Algebra I course for accelerated students. In this course, students will extend topics introduced in Pre-Algebra by learning algebraic concepts through both theory and applications. Modeling and real-world problems are introduced throughout the course. This course prepares students for Honors Geometry and Honors Algebra II.
Online course materials, such as videos, ebook, 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 ebook 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. This course has synchronous virtual class meetings, but participation is optional. Students may also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor to answer questions or concerns. Live one-on-one online review sessions can be scheduled 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.
Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. Students may be invited to interact in CTY community spaces that include students and instructors and potentially specially invited guests that are not enrolled in their course. Student contributions (e.g., projects, forum posts, etc.) may remain in the course after the student completes the course. These artifacts may be preserved to showcase student work or to continue important conversations.
For a detailed list of topics, click the List of Topics tab.
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 active students are invited to an open Algebra 1 Help Room, which is led 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 Algebra 1 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.
Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.
This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.
While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.