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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.



  • 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 (OK) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, participate in class, and complete periodic exams and quizzes as assigned by their instructor.  All requirements are assigned and graded by the instructor. 

Course Texts
  • Algebra 1
  • Calculator Requirement & Policy: Scientific calculator (sin, cos, tan buttons must be included, but should not have graphing capabilities).


Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number




Mrs. Cerroni

Mrs. Kubena

Grades (Typical)

8 - 12 (8th, 9th)

Live Class Meets

2x per week

1 hr., 5 min. each time


Monday & Wednesday

Monday & Wednesday

Class Period




7:30-8:35 AM (Pacific)

10:30-11:35 AM (Eastern)

12:00 - 1:05 PM (Pacific)

3:00 - 4:05 PM (Eastern)



Credits (Type)

10 (Mathematics)

Transcript Designation



Algebra 1 placement exam and successful completion of

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

Companion Course

Algebra 1 Lab


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors (OH) level.