Honors Algebra 1 - Kolbe Academy

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.

Students can succeed in this course after completing any pre-Algebra course, including:

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 & graphs
  • Domain & 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
  • Arithmetic & 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.

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.

  • Honors Algebra 1 Course Plan & Tests – Digital copy provided with self-paced course.  (Optional physical copy is available for purchase in the Kolbe Bookstore.)
  • Algebra 1, Paul Foerster, Prentice Hall Classics
  • Algebra 1 Solutions Manual, Paul Foerster, Prentice Hall Classics
  • Algebra 1 Home Study Companion  (Optional but recommended)

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Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar.
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 1: Chapter 1 Test Week 4: Chapter 6 Test
Week 3: Chapter 2 Test Week 6: Chapter 9 Test
Week 4: Chapter 3 Test Week 8: Chapter 10 Test
Week 5: Chapter 4 Test Week 11: Chapter 11 Test
Week 9: Chapter 7 Test Week 14: Chapter 12 Test
Week 11: Chapter 8 Test Week 17: Chapter 14 Test
Week 13: Chapter 13 Test Week 18: Semester 2 Exam
Week 17: Chapter 5 Test  
Week 18: Semester 1 Exam  


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

8 – 12 (8th, 9th)


Mrs. Cerroni

Lecture Format




Honors Fee


Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


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 & Chemistry

Online Companion Course

Introduction to Physics & Chemistry


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (K) level.

Course Plan Sample

Honors Algebra 1

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.