About the Course

Honors Algebra I

  • Grades 6-9
  • CTY-Level
  • Individually Paced

Learn algebraic concepts through both theory and applications in this full-length online Honors Algebra I course for accelerated students. We’ll extend topics introduced in Pre-Algebra through modeling and real-world problems to prepare you for Honors Geometry and Honors Algebra II.

While you’ll progress at your own pace, the course provides videos, an e-book, interactive explorations, and practice problems as well as graded assessments such as homework, tests, and cumulative exams.

Your assigned CTY instructor will be available for learning support and one-on-one review sessions for graded assessments.

Recommended length of enrollment: 6 months

Help room meeting times (optional): Tuesday – 7 p.m. ET

Time Commitment: 4-8 hours per week (1-2 hours optional meetings, 4-6 hours independent work).

Students may enroll in this course at any time during the year.


Students enroll in a course by selecting an open class below. Students progress at their own pace following course guidelines, with guidance from instructors who strive to meet individual needs. While the course provides students with independence and flexibility, students must manage their time to complete the course before the end date.

Note: You need an active CTY Account to complete registration through MyCTY.

6 month recommended course length

Up to 9 months of access
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Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level CTY-Level Not required
Check your eligibility using existing test scores If you do not have existing test scores:

Students must achieve qualifying scores on an advanced assessment to be eligible for CTY programs. If you don’t have qualifying scores, you have several different testing options. We’ll help you find the right option for your situation.

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Course Prerequisites

Honors Algebra I requires:

1 prerequisite

Successful completion of Pre-algebra or equivalent

Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)

Financial Aid is available

We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.

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Course Materials

Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu.

  • A graphing calculator
  • A few sheets of Notebook paper
    • Graphing paper
    • Pencil
    • Printer paper
  • Straight edge

Technical Requirements

This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.

Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but some assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.

Terms & Conditions

Students may interact in online classrooms and meetings that include peers, instructors, and occasional special guests.

Virtual class meetings may be recorded for students to review.

After a you complete a course, your projects may be used to illustrate work for future students. 

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