Algebra I

with Ms. Grace Prensner

Term: Yearlong 2017–18, September 5–May 18
Instructor: Grace Prensner
Grade Level: 9th grade or above / advanced 8th graders
Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. (ET), 60–75 min.
Price: $595.00

This is a traditional course of Algebra that is the foundation for high school mathematics study. The course will cover traditional algebraic expressions such as polynomials and rational expressions, and will train students to solve linear and quadratic equations. Students will also study the use of integers, rational numbers, graphing and solving equivalent equations, including problems of length and area, and distance, rate and time.

Prerequisites: It is recommended that students of this course have taken Pre-Algebra. This course is aimed at students in 9th grade or above.


Elementary Algebra by Harold R. Jacobs

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with processor with a speed of 1 Ghz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do NOT recommending using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with an download/upload speed of 5/1Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebCam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.
WebCam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.
Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
Studying mathematics is useful and necessary, but Ms. Prensner does it for joy. After being classically educated at Covenant Christian Academy, Grace studied mathematics, philosophy, and music at Grove City College, where she also served as a tutor and teaching assistant for math, logic, and physics courses. Grace enjoys sharing her joy for mathematics by teaching math in a way that exercises creativity and satisfies curiosity.



from Classical Academic Press