Math 8: Pre-Algebra - Kolbe Academy

Math 8: Pre-Algebra

This Eighth Grade Mathematics course is a Pre-Algebra course, providing a transition “from the concrete concepts of arithmetic to the abstract concepts of algebra.”  

Students who may have struggled with Math 7 or who may not feel prepared for Algebra 1 yet are encouraged to take this course before beginning Algebra 1.  Topics covered include points, lines, and rays, roots, surface area, ratio and proportion, absolute value, parentheses, properties of algebra, exponents and signed numbers, classifying triangles, Roman numerals, probability, the Pythagorean theorem, permutations, and real numbers.

Students taking this course are expected to complete daily assignments, periodic exams and quizzes.  

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

  • Foundations of Algebra, Textbook
  • Foundations of Algebra, Teacher Manual  (Optional)
  • Foundations of Algebra, Practice Book
  • Foundations of Algebra, Practice Book Answer Key  (Digital copy provided with self-paced course.  No physical copy available for purchase.)
  • Foundations of Algebra Course Plan & Tests  (Digital copy provided with self-paced course.  Optional physical copy available for purchase.)

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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 5: Chapter 1 Test Week 2: Chapter 6 Test
Week 8: Chapter 2 Test Week 5: Chapter 7 Test
Week 11: Chapter 3 Test Week 7: Chapter 8 Test
Week 14: Chapter 4 Test Week 9: Chapter 9 Test
Week 17: Chapter 5 Test Week 12: Chapter 10 Test
Week 18: Semester 1 Exam Week 14: Chapter 12 Test
  Week 16: Chapter 13 Test
  Week 17: Chapter 14 Test
  Week 18: Semester 1 Exam


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

7 – 8 (8th) 


Mrs. Tennant

Lecture Format




Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Self-Paced Companion Course

Earth Science

Online Companion Course

Earth Science


Saxon 8/7, Math 7 or equivalent

Course Plan Sample

Math 8

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