Algebra 1


As we start the year in a distance learning phase, please view the Distance Learning Addendum to see the updated expectations of the class. This addendum replaces some of the expectations in the normal course syllabus. As the year progresses, expectations may change based on the situation indicated by the District.


This course covers algebra as if it was taught in high school. Students are expected to use critical thinking to increase their depth of knowledge. This course will use a variety of materials and methods to make algebra relatable to students.

This course focuses on:  

  • Reasoning about structure to define and make sense of rational exponents and explore the algebraic structure of the rational and real number systems.  
  • Solving absolute value equations, linear inequalities and systems of linear equations  
  • Building functions in a modeling context and solve problems related to the resulting functions with a focus on linear, simple exponential and quadratic equations.  
  • Using more formal means of assessing how a model fits data (regression, graphical representations). 

It is understandable students coming into this course may not have all the basic skills to master algebra. There will be extra activities to fill in the gaps. Students should understand that filling these basic gaps will reduce the learning curve of abstract thinking. Although a middle school course, the major goals of this course are to assist students in developing skills necessary to meet the algebra content standards and to prepare students for the High School Exit Exam.

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