Academy Park High School

    Course Syllabus

    Algebra 1


    Course Information

    Teacher Information

    Credit Hour: 2

    Name: Miss Straup

    Marking Periods: 4

    Phone: (610) 522-4330 x6143

    Class Location: Room B302

    Office Location: B302

    Time: 1:16 to 2:35, Block 4

    Office Hours: Monday-Thursday

    2:35pm – 3:10pm

    Teacher Website:


    E-Mail: astraup@sedelco.org



    School Attributes

    The manner in which weprepare students at Academy Park High School is informed by four attributes:(1) Dedicated faculty who will hold themselves, at minimum, to the samestandards as the students we teach; (2) Positive relationships developed andnurtured between and among adults and students; (3) A high level of rigorincluded in instructional practices via standards aligned and contextuallydriven instruction; and (4) Connecting positive relationships with effectiveinstruction for positive academic RESULTS!


    Course Description:

    Algebra is the study of relationships between known and unknown quantities and the concepts arising from them.  This course is the foundation for high school mathematics courses. It is the bridge from the concrete to the abstract study of mathematics. Topics include simplifying expressions, evaluating and solving equations and inequalities, and graphing linear and quadratic functions and relations. Real world applications are presented within the course content and a function's approach is emphasized.



    Textbook:        CPM(College Preparatory Mathematics): Algebra Connections

    Suggested Materials: One of the following-

    • Notebook
    • Graphing Notebook
    • 3-ring Binder


    Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives

    Students who successfullycomplete Algebra 1 will be competentin the following areas:

    • Graphing :create and interpret graphs
    • Patterns: identify the existence of a pattern/sequence and extend using the pattern
    • Problem Solving: estimation strategies and real world problems
    • Algebraic Expressions: create, build using algebra tiles, and combine terms
    • Linear Equations/Multiple Representations: solve single and multiple variable equations
    • Systems of Equations: create a system of equations and solve using various methods
    • Quadratics: create, manipulate and solve quadratic equations and interpret their graphs
    • Inequalities: create, manipulate, graph and solve inequalities
    • Exponents: use exponent laws to simplify algebraic expressions
    • Data Representations: create graphs to represent a data set and use measures of central tendency
    • Functions and Relations: identify domain and range
    • Probability: determine the probability of events and demonstrate mastery of combinations



    Student Evaluation

    The grading system for the 9th GradeMathematics Department at Academy Park High School is as follows:


    Test                              40%                                         Attendance/Participation/GroupWork/Classwork            20%

    Quizzes/Project             30%                                         Homework                                                                    10%

    Attendance Policy

    Regularand prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience.Academy Park High School expects students to exercise good judgment regardingattendance and absences. Students will accept full responsibility for ensuringtheir work does not suffer because of absences. All students are expected toattend every scheduled class on time. Exceptions may be made for illness andvalid emergencies.


    Classroom Expectations

    1.  Be in class on time

    2.  Come prepared to work (book, notebook, andsomething to write with)

    3.  Be respectful of EVERYONE – classmates,teacher, and yourself.


    Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

    Plagiarism is the practice ofcopying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oralassessments without giving proper credit to the source. Cheating is defined asthe giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined bythe teacher to be an individual effort. Both are considered serious offensesand will significantly affect your course grade. Please refer to the StudentCode of Conduct booklet for additional information.



    A combination of lecture,class discussion, presentations, videos, cooperative learning, andproblem-based learning will be used in this course. Grades will be determinedby the satisfactory and timely completion of assignments. The grade of eachassignment is based on the prerequisite given for each assignment. Below is anoverview of topic/ units and major assessments/assignments for this course.Please note dates/timeframes are subject to change and are an estimate.

    Unit/ Topic


    Problem Solving

    Marking Period 1

    Variables and Proportions

    Marking Period 1

    Graphs and Equations

    Marking Period 1

    Multiple Representations

    Marking Period 2

    Multiplication and Proportions

    Marking Period 2

    Systems of Equations

    Marking Period 2

    Linear Relationships

    Marking Period 3


    Marking Period 3


    Marking Period 3

    Simplifying and Solving

    Marking Period 4

    Functions and Relations

    Marking Period 4

    Data Analysis and Probability

    Marking Period 4


    General Information

    Algebra 1 is a full yearcourse consisting of 4 marking periods split between two semesters.  Algebra 1 uses a combination of Unit Tests,quizzes and Unit projects for evaluation. Students are also required to work in a team during several classroomactivities.  Students will be assigned homeworkmost nights and are to use these assignments as a review of the daily lessonsand a preview into the next day.  Students can receive homework help by accessing the textbook website: www.cpm.org  and select Homework Helpunder Student Resources menu on the left hand side.