Middle and High School Science Course Descriptions

 

General Science

Teacher - TBD

General Science is generally the Students first introduction to a formal Science course. This class is generally taken in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade.  The course will include lecture, lab work, special projects, quizzes/tests, and homework. Each module will take two weeks to complete, 16 modules total. Homework and reading should take approximately 3-4 hours/week. Lab write ups will be introduced and included.  The scope is quite wide and includes many hands-on experiments.

Lab Fee INCLUDES all materials necessary for lab work and special projects. It is the intent  that the vast majority of labs are completed in class. In addition to regular Apologia course work, all students will write a short paper and participate in a science fair at our school-wide science fair.

Topics Include:

  • The scientific method

  • Designing experiments

  • Simple machines

  • Archaeology

  • Geology

  • Paleontology

  • Biology

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology

Homework

Homework and reading should take approximately 3-5 hours/week outside of class..

Parent/Student Provided Supplies

  • Apologia’s Exploring Creation with General Science, 2nd Edition, Dr. Jay Wile, ISBN-13: 978-1932012866 ISBN-10: 19320128

  • Folder  for Lab Work

Lab and Special Project Fee

  • $30/year


Physical Science

Teacher - TBD

Course will include lecture, lab work, special projects, quizzes/tests, and homework. Each module will take two weeks to complete, 16 modules total. Homework and reading should take approximately 3-5 hours/week. Labs will have formal or informal write up.

Lab Fee INCLUDES all materials necessary for lab work and special projects. It is the intent that every student has the same materials to work with and that labs will be primarily done in class; however, all students will write a short paper and complete a science project for the science fair.

Prerequisites:

  1. current enrollment in pre- algebra or above

  2. General science or class of similar rigor.

Topics Include:

  • Air and Atmosphere

  • Water

  • Hydrosphere

  • Earth & Lithosphere

  • Weather

  • Physics in Motion

  • Newton’s Laws

  • Forces in Creationism

  • Waves, Sound and Light

  • Astrophysics

Homework

Homework and reading should take approximately 3-4 hours/week outside of class.

Parent/Student Provided Supplies

  • Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd Edition, Dr. Jay Wile, ISBN: 9781932012774

  • Battery Operated Calculator

  • Graph Paper

  • Ruler and Protractor for use at home

Lab and Special Project Fee

  • $30/year




Apologia Biology

Teacher - Alicia Boots

This course is designed to be one the students first high school level classes and is a college-prep biology course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology. The course covers topics including the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems.

The course will include lecture, labs and quizzes  in class. Out of class projects include weekly homework and an independent science fair project with a research report completed over several months. Students take most tests at home with parent supervision. A syllabus will be given at the beginning of the course detailing the expectations and schedule of the coursework. Course is divided into 16 modules, with each module taking approximately two weeks each to complete. Lab fees include all materials needed for lab work and projects. Course will also emphasize the importance of note taking, and how to take successful notes during class to better prepare for tests.

Prerequisites

  • Although we prefer the students to complete both General Science and Physical Science, only Physical Science or a course of similar rigor is a prerequisite

Homework

Homework and reading should take approximately 3-6 hours/week outside of class.

Parent/Student Provided Supplies

●     Exploring Creation With Biology, 2nd Edition, Dr. Jay L. Wile

●     Folder for lab summaries

●     Colored pencils

●     Pencils or pens

Lab and Special Project Fee

$40/year


Chemistry

Teacher - TBD

This is a college-prep chemistry course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of chemistry. The course will include lecture, labs and quizzes and some tests in class. Out of class projects include weekly homework and an independent science fair project with a paper completed over several months. Students take most tests at home with parent supervision. A syllabus will be given at the beginning of the course detailing the expectations and schedule of the coursework. Course is divided into 16 modules, with each module taking approximately two weeks each to complete. Lab fees include all materials needed for lab work and projects. Course will also emphasize the importance of note taking, and how to take successful notes during class to better prepare for tests.

Lab Fee INCLUDES all materials necessary for lab work and special projects. It is the intent that every student has the same materials to work with. Both the regular labs as well as some of the labs from the extra micro lab kit will be completed.

Topics Include:

  • Measurements and Units

  • Heat, Energy & Temperatures

  • Atoms and Molecules

  • Classifying Matter

  • Chemical Equations

  • Stoichiometry

  • Atomic and Molecular Structure

  • Polyatomic Ions

  • Acids & Bases

  • Chemistry Solutions

  • Phases of Matter

  • Thermodynamic

  • Kinetics

  • Chemical Equilibrium

  • Reduction and Oxidation Reactions

Math Requirements

  • Algebra 2 recommended; Algebra 1 required

  • Basic Geometry

  • Understanding of Unit Conversion

Homework

Homework and reading takes approximately 3-5 hours/week outside of class.

Parent/Student Provided Supplies

Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 2nd Edition, Dr. Jay E. Wile, ISBN: 1932012265

  • Battery Operated Calculator, cell phones can’t be used

  • Graph Paper

  • 1 Vinyl Report Folder for Formal Lab Reports

Lab and Special Project Fee

  • $40/year




Apologia Physics (AP Physics 1)

Teacher - TBD

* The AP option is new this year as the College Board has created two new AP Physics 1 and 2 tests.  These are for Algebra based Physics classes and our Apologia text works! Please let the instructor know early in the year if you would like to take this as an AP course,  extra work, and additional test prep, will be required. Students who score 85%and higher on a practice test or are earning a high B or A in the course will be encouraged to take the AP exam.

GRADE LEVEL: 11th,12th

TEXT SUMMARY:

This college-prep physics course is designed for the student who has completed algebra and has had an introduction to the definitions of sine, cosine, and tangent. It provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general physics, heavily emphasizing vector analysis; this text is ideal preparation for a university-level physics course. It provides the student with a strong background in one-dimensional and two-dimensional concepts.

Lab Fee INCLUDES all materials necessary for lab work and special projects. It is the intent that every student has the same materials to work with.

Topics Include:

  • Motion in 1D & 2D

  • Vector Analysis

  • Newton’s Laws

  • Circular Motion

  • Gravity

  • Work and Energy

  • Momentum

  • Periodic Motion

  • Waves

  • Geometric Optics

  • Electricity

  • Electric Circuits

  • Magnetism

Math Recommendations

  • Completion of Algebra 2

  • Understand Basic Trigonometry Functions

  • Understand Unit Conversion

Homework

Homework and reading should take approximately 3-5 hours/week outside of class.

Parent/Student Provided Supplies

  • Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd Edition, Dr. Jay E. Wile, ISBN: 1932012427

  • Battery Operated Scientific Calculator, anything with Trig Functions, cell phones can’t be used

  • Graph Paper

  • 1 Vinyl Report Folder for Formal Lab Reports

  • Ruler and Protractor for use at home

Lab and Special Project Fee

$40/year


Apologia Anatomy and Physiology

Teacher - TBD

This is an Apologia course studying the human body, including such topics as cell structure, DNA, and the main physiological systems like the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems. It will also focus on nutrition, embryology, the major organs, and the workings of immune system.

The course will include lecture, labs, in class and out of class projects, quizzes/tests, and homework. A syllabus will be given at the beginning of the course detailing the expectations and schedule of the coursework. Course is divided up into 16 modules, with each module taking approximately two weeks each to complete. Lab fee includes all materials necessary for lab work and projects. Also emphasizing the importance of note taking, both during class and while reading through the assigned material, the instructor will both instruct on and require students to take notes. This course will not only enable students to further their science biology credits, but it will be taught with the intention of preparing students for success in college studies.

Lab Fee INCLUDES all materials necessary for lab work and special projects. It is the intent that every student has the same materials to work with.

Prerequisites

  • Completion of Biology.

  • This class is recommended for Junior and Seniors.

  • Student who need another year of math to be ready for Chemistry or Physics may take this course first, provided they are mature enough to discuss human anatomy and reproduction

Homework

Homework and reading should take approximately 3-6 hours/week outside of class.

Parent/Student Provided Supplies

  • The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made,2nd edition, Dr. Jay L. Wile, ISBN: 9781932012095

  • Anatomy Coloring Book, 3rd Edition, Wynn Kapit/Lawrence M. Elson, ISBN: 0805350861

  • Notebook for lab work

  • Folder for Anatomy Coloring book page assignments

  • Folder for lab summaries

  • Pencils or pens

Lab and Special Project Fee

$40/year