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Honors 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 Honors (H) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, periodic exams and quizzes as assigned by their parent.  Kolbe Honors (H) students will go into more depth and cover more material than the Kolbe Core (K) students.

Assignment due-dates and some grades are established by the parent.  To receive honors credit with Kolbe Academy, students must submit a number of designated assignments to Kolbe Academy for grading, usually exams and select papers.  The parent- and Kolbe-established grades are averaged to produce the final grade for the honors course. Alternatively, a student may enroll in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive additional grading assistance by a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents may still submit grades for the student to be averaged in with the required Kolbe-graded honors assignments, or they may use the teacher-graded materials only to receive credit.

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.)


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. 


Course Details:

Section Number


 Video Presenter 

Mrs. Cerroni

Grades (Typical)

 8 - 12 (8th, 9th)



Honors Fee


Self-Paced Plus Grading Assistance


Credits (Type)

 10 (Mathematics)

Transcript Designation



 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


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (K) level.