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Beginning Algebra

Grades 8–9
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About the Course
Students tackle concepts including the real number system, solving equations and inequalities, polynomials and exponents, factoring and applications, rational expressions, graphing linear equations, linear systems, roots and radicals, and quadratic equations. This course can be taken independently or with Tutor support and is available for laptop, desktop, and mobile tablet devices.
What Makes Beginning Algebra Different?
Lectures Demo
View an example lecture about solving equations in our Beginning Algebra course. When a student enters an incorrect answer, our course provides hints to help students arrive at the correct solution. Launch Video
Example Problems
Factoring Polynomials can be challenging for a number of reasons. In this demo, we show you how our course allows students multiple attempts at a problem before presenting the full solution. Launch Video
Adaptive Response
Our course is designed so that students can review past lessons at any time so they can build on what they learned previously to solve more complicated problems. Launch Video
Enrollment Options
The Course

This program is no longer available for new customer enrollment.

Course Features - $54.00 (quarterly)*
  • Personalized learning software
  • Detailed progress reporting
  • Technical support
  • 3-month course enrollment
  • Additional Details
Tutor Support Included

This program is no longer available for new customer enrollment.

Tutor Supported Features - $445.00 (quarterly)*
  • Dedicated tutors for one-to-one learning
  • Tutoring via video chat, phone, or email
  • Digital Classroom sessions
  • Academic coaching
  • Parent-Tutor conferences
  • Completion certificate
  • Detailed progress reporting
  • Technical support
  • 3-month course enrollment
  • Additional Details
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Recent independent research by New York University has confirmed that our adaptive learning programs are proven to accelerate achievement for varying levels of students. The study found that:
  • Program participants scored higher on average—in some cases by 45 percent—on standardized achievement tests.
  • High school students significantly improved their scores on Advanced Placement tests.
  • To learn more about our results, review this press release and recent study.
Additional Details

Beginning Algebra is delivered entirely online and begins immediately upon completion of your enrollment.

Recommended usage: 60-90 minutes per week. On average, students complete course within 5 months.

Skills Covered: From the real number system to graphing linear equations and quadratic equations, this course provides a deep foundation in Algebra. Download the Beginning Algebra Course Outline.

Prerequisites: Redbird Mathematics: Advanced Edition or equivalent

Recommended Textbook: Beginning Algebra by Lial, Hornsby, and McGinnis, 10th ed, Addison-Wesley. ISBN# 0321437268

System Requirements: This course is available for laptop, desktop, and mobile tablet devices. The course requires modern operating systems and browsers.

  • Requires a desktop computer, laptop computer, Chromebook, iPad or Android 5.0 device running Mac OS X 10.10+, iOS 9.1+, Android 5.0+, Windows 8.1+
  • Internet connection
  • Safari 8+, Chrome 39+, Firefox 35+, or Internet Explorer 11+ browser
  • No downloads required.

Academic and Financial Policies

Frequently Asked Questions
Does this work on tablets and iPads?
Beginning Algebra and Intermediate Algebra courses are compatible with iPads using iOS 9.1 or better. Smaller device screens may require scrolling. For more information on how to setup an iPad or tablet to run a course, click here.
How do I know if this course is right for my child?

Initial placement decisions for most courses are determined using input from a student and their parents. You can also chat or email us here.

What is the recommended time a student should spend on each course?

To help students achieve their maximum potential, we recommend that they work in each course at least 20-30 minutes daily, a minimum of 3 days a week. For more information on schedules that our G& students have used to accelerate their learning for each course, click here.

What happens if my student finishes the course early?

If the student finishes the course with time remaining in his/her quarter, he/she can continue to the next course in sequence with the remaining time for no additional cost. To complete a course transfer, contact a member of our Customer Experience Team.