Accelerated Algebra 1

From: $127.00 / month for 3 months

Grades: 8th–12th

Live class: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00–3:30 p.m. EST

Course dates: August 26th-December 20th

Price: $349

Instructor: Kristen Lauria

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Course Description

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This class uses a mixture of videos, online exercises, and written homework to ensure that the students have plenty of instruction and practice so they have a solid understanding, while being both engaged and challenged. The use of interactive, online practice with live support from a teacher helps students gain confidence and prepare for more challenging math and science classes.

Course Structure

This class is very structured to let students build confidence by recognizing what will be coming up each week. The lessons are based on a 5 day week in which students complete 5-6 sections per week, with each section having an instructional video, quiz, and written problems to complete. The written work is due the day after class each week to allow students to ask questions before submitting their homework. Each chapter has an exam as well. Live lessons will be a half hour twice weekly and will be an opportunity to ask questions, hear feedback from the teacher about common student mistakes, and learn from peers. The pace is quick and the work is challenging as this is an entire year’s worth of algebra in 16 weeks. Most students spend 5-8 hours per week working on class material.

Who should enroll?

This class is for 8th to 12th graders. Advanced 7th graders may be admitted with permission from the teacher. Because of the fast pace, this class is ideal for students have have taken part of a year of algebra 1 or are advanced students.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • Students will need the ability to scan in completed homework and tests in pdf form.

Evaluation and Feedback

I believe homework is the best tool for students to practice the skills they are learning and grade homework/provide feedback so they learn as they continue working toward mastery. Quizzes are graded instantly and written homework is generally graded within a 3 days of submission. Grades are based on a combination of homework, quizzes, and exams/projects. Students are also given a participation grade to account for timeliness of completing assignments, class participation, and effort. Communication will take place as needed through email and announcements and responses to student messages are generally within a few hours.


Once registered, you will receive a welcome email within 24 hours. Throughout the course parents will only be contacted if issues arise and at midterm and close of the course as I try to encourage students to take ownership of the class and contact me directly if they have any concerns. My website is


Required Texts

  • UCSMP Algebra 3rd (ISBN 978-0076213863)

The University School of Chicago School Mathematics Project texts are used in all of Aim Academy’s math classes. The design is colorful and engaging and the text is student-friendly. Technology is also incorporated so students learn to be proficient with scientific and graphing calculators. If you have additional questions about the text, please reach out to the instructor directly.


  1. Sharon Fuller (verified owner)

    This is our first time taking an online class and it has been a great experience! Mrs. Lauria answers any questions my daughter may have so that she fully understands the topic. Mrs. Lauria also runs her class right on time and is patient and understanding with the kids. My daughter truly enjoys Mrs. Lauria’s teaching style. Parent access to what the teacher has planned and what the child is completing is easy to understand.

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Instructor Bio

Kristen Lauria

Kristen Lauria is a lifelong student who has become the teacher.  In second grade she was found stealing teacher’s editions from her public-school classroom to teach her younger best friend at home. She’s since progressed to buying her materials legally, but her love of teaching hasn’t wavered.  She spent 4 years in the Navy learning about nuclear reactors and went on to finish her BS in Physics with a minor in Math graduating Cum Laude.  She also was inducted into the physics honor society, Sigma Pi Sigma, having attained a GPA in Physics of over 3.0.  She has her MS in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum from Drexel University and is certified to teach physics and chemistry in the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to teaching for Aim Academy, she also homeschools her own 2 children in middle school, counsels her adult stepchildren in what adulting really means, and helps her husband with restoring their 200-year-old farmhouse one slow-moving project at a time.  She also runs her own tutoring company and teaches at her local homeschool co-op.  In her free time (which is rather scarce at the moment) she loves to read and spend time outside enjoying God’s creation.  The teacher is now becoming the student as well, as Kristen is beginning a PhD program at Lehigh University to further hone her teaching skills and improve the integration of technology to bring the material alive for her students.

She hopes to share her love of math and science with all of her students here at Aim Academy.  While she can’t change the difficulty of what students learn in her classes, she will do her best to make them approachable and interesting.  She hopes to show her students how everything they will encounter in their textbooks will apply to their own lives; not just in the future, but today.

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