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7th-8th Grade Algebra I Course

2019-20 Algebra I course for 7-8th Grade Students
 (Note: this course had been marked as full, but a second instructor has been added. Hence, additional students are once again being accepted.)
Program Details:
Course Description: Algebra I is a two-semester course for students who have demonstrated mastery of skills found in practical math and pre-algebra.  It is designed to further develop basic algebraic problem-solving skills and mathematical reasoning in the student.  This course provides a basis for the study of exponents, linear equations and functions (including graphing), quadratics, polynomials, as well as other skills necessary for success in geometry and advanced algebra.

Course Level: The ALHS Online (ALHSO) Algebra I course will cover the same content in the same amount of time as typically done in a traditional high school Algebra I course.

Student math qualifications: Only academically capable students, ready for high school Algebra, should be allowed to enroll in the course. It is up to each participating school to carefully pre-screen its students before allowing them to enroll in Algebra I. (New: See Readiness Test and Teacher Referral section below.)

Student online learning qualifications: Online learning requires a greater degree of student self-motivation and diligence to keep up with class assignments compared to a traditional classroom. It is up to each school to carefully pre-screen its students before allowing them to enroll in online courses.

Course enrollment: Any qualified WELS/ELS 7-8th-grade student is welcome to enroll in the course, as long as there are student seats still available. Seats will be filled on a first-registered, first-enrolled policy. The course will have a minimum enrollment of 8 students and a maximum of 20 students.

(New) Readiness Test and Teacher Referral: In an effort to better screen students, ALHSO will require all registered students to complete a Readiness Test and their 8th-grade teacher to complete a Teacher Referral form in May (or later if an application is received later). Once a student registers for the course, the Algebra 1 instructor will send information about these additional requirements to the school principal. The student is not guaranteed a seat in the course until after the test and referral form have been evaluated.

Tuition Rates: Tuition for 7-8th-grade students is $135 per student per semester for 2019-20. This is 54% of the cost that high school students pay for courses through ALHSO. (The tuition cost remains at $250 per semester for all other students.)

Course registration: Go to the ALHSO website, select the Resources tab, and Registration Forms link, and then download the 2019-20 Online Registration Form instructions. Follow the instructions provided in the document. (Note: The registration fee is $20, but the tuition cost will be $135 instead of $250, for WELS/ELS 7-8th grade students. Registration fee increases to $30 after Aug. 10. If there is still room in the course, registrations will be accepted up until the course start date, August 27.)

Method of Instruction: The courses will be taught in an asynchronous online format, which means students and the instructor do not need to be logged into the course site at the same time. Moodle will be used as the Learning Management System (LMS) to facilitate the course. Moodle is accessed through a website and does not require any installation on the user side. Students will receive a unique username and password to access the course site.

Students are expected to log in each day, Monday-Friday, but at a time that is convenient to them. Schools build time into the regular school day, just like a regular course, where all Algebra students from a particular school would be working on the course at the same time. Some students might need to spend additional time at home to keep up with the rest of the class.
  • Students will be required to write out detailed work for each problem assigned, not just provide the answer.
  • Scheduled assignments will be due even if the student's school has a day off or students are gone on a field trip.
  • Students will need to be cooperative partners in their learning, taking the course to further their mathematical understanding and be committed to fulfilling the coursework and requirements. 
  • Students that are diligent in following directions, showing work, and time management, are usually successful in their understanding of Algebra.

Time Commitment: The amount of time needed to be successful in the course can vary widely from one student to the next. A general expectation is 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week. Some days may take more or less time based on the assigned tasks.

Textbook: Algebra I,   Pearson/Prentice Hall © 2011 Common Core.  Authors: Randall I. Charles, Dan Kennedy, and Basia Hall 
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-3185485    ISBN-10: 0-13-3185486
Purchasing student textbooks is the responsibility of the school or parent.  Additional course materials and resources will be made available to students via the Moodle course website at no additional cost.

Each student needs a computer with reliable high-speed internet access. Since the course utilizes audio/video files, a microphone and headphones are needed.
  • Computer: with high-speed internet access
  • Scanner or camera for uploading images of daily practice (or digital writing device if a student wants to do daily practice digitally)
  • Headphones/microphone
  • Scientific calculator (for some tasks) example: TI-30

Course proctor: Each participating school must assign a course proctor for the student(s) at the school taking the course. The regular classroom teacher may serve as the proctor. The course proctor will:
  1. Need to help, especially at the beginning of the semester, getting students acclimated to following directions, showing work, and submitting assignments on time.
  2. Serve as the main contact person between the course instructor and the school. Typical communication might include items such as days off from school, absent students, missing assignments, student progress, etc.
  3. Arrange for local support, guidance, and technical assistance for students, as needed.
  4. Arrange for proctoring of tests. (The course instructor will provide specific instructions to the proctor concerning tests and the proctor's role in test administration.)
  5. Teachers are encouraged to contact both the Proctor and parents for such issues as consistently late, sloppy, or missing work, plagiarism, etc., so everyone can work together to encourage the student to do his or her best work.
High School credit: It is up to each high school to determine if a student taking an Algebra I course in 7th or 8th grade will also receive high school credit. Some high schools have a placement test that students need to take to determine student's knowledge. Check with your local high school for information on their policy.
Questions? Contact:
Dr. Jim Grunwald
ALHSO Superintendent (preferred contact method)
Cell: 507-217-1574

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