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SCIENCE
COURSE TITLE GRADE   TUTOR   TERM   TUITION
Middle School Earth Science 5-7   Kuch   Full Year    $360
Middle School Life Science 5-7 Chernyavsky   Full Year    $360
Middle School Chemistry & Physics 6-8   Holt   Full Year    $360
Apologia General Science 7-9   Kuch   Full Year    $375
Apologia Physical Science 8-12   Stewart   Full Year    $390
Apologia Biology 9-12   Holt   Full Year    $415
Introduction to Forensics (CSI WEST) 9-12 Chernyavsky   Full Year    $395
Survey of High School Chemistry/Anatomy & Physiology 10-12   Holt   Full Year    $415
Discovering Design with Chemistry 10-12   Holt   Full Year    $415
Apologia Physics 10-12   Holt   Full Year    $385

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Apologia Biology
Apologia Biology is a rigorous college-prep course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology.  Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, dissection, ecosystems, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, and evolutionary theory and its weaknesses.  In-class labs and investigations provide opportunities to develop laboratory skills, such as careful observation and interpretation of data, while review activities are incorporated to reinforce concepts.

Apologia General Science
With the help of Apologia's Exploring Creation with General Science, 3rd Edition, this course will introduce students to a wide variety of scientific topics found throughout many of the major fields of science. Students will begin the year by learning the basics of science, including a look into the history of science, the scientific method, scientific inquiry, and how to correctly conduct an experiment.Throughout the course, students will then be able to use the scientific method by participating in many hands-on experiements from the textbook.

Once students understand the basics of science, topics of study for the course will move into many of the major branches of science.  Students will examine our universe through astronomy, and take a closer look at our planet's surface and atmosphere through the studies of earth science. Students will be examining and discussing space rocks and other geologic specimens such as fossils, rocks, and minerals. Studies will then move to the life sciences, including an introducation to the cell, the basic unit of life that contains the amazingly unique DNA structures found within us.

The course will continue with general chemistry experiments, introductory physics demonstrations, and even a look into the marine and environmental sciences. Packed with such a wide variety of science topics, this Apologia course is meant to equip and prepare students before they move into the high school sciences.

Apologia Physical Science
Proceeding from the premise of an omniscient, omnipotent God, Who designed and created the physical universe around us, this course provides an introduction to the concepts that are foundational to all of the physical sciences. These concepts include the scientific method, measurement, states of matter, energy, heat, atomic structure, molecules, chemical reactions, creation, motion, sound, light, electrostatics, magnetism, electricity, and electronics. 
  

Apologia Physics
This course is designed for students in grades 10-12 with an interest in learning how the world around them works. This course will teach physics concepts such as linear and circular motion, Newton's laws, vectors, work, energy, momentum, sound waves, optics, electricity, and magnetism. Students will perform a variety of experiments in lab that will help demonstrate the concepts, as well as take part in review activities that will reinforce those concepts.

Discovering Design with Chemistry
This class replaces Apologia Chemistry.  Discovering Design with Chemistry, the new curriculum created by Dr. Jay Wile (formerly of Apologia and author of Exploring Creation with... series), gives students a rigorous foundation in chemistry in order to be best prepared for a college-level course.  This course covers significant figures, atomic and molecular structure, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, gas laws, and equilibrium.    In-class labs and investigations provide opportunities to develop laboratory skills, such as careful observation and interpretation of data, while review activities are incorporated to reinforce concepts.

Introduction to Forensics (CSI WEST)
You’ve been engaged by “CSI” and have been fascinated by “NCIS,” but how accurately do these shows portray the realities of forensic science? The field of forensic science comprises several areas of study (anatomy, chemistry, biology, physics, etc.). This hands-on course integrates these sciences in the pursuit of justice. Students will focus on the criminal investigation process that will include crime scene investigation, evidence gathering procedures and subsequent laboratory analysis of evidence. 

  • This is a lab course and the students will be doing laboratory work almost every class

Middle School Chemistry & Physics
Usually to be taken after earth and/or life science, this chemistry and physics course will introduce students to experimental science along with an in-depth study of much of what we see happening in our physical world today. To begin, students will learn about the basic atom, making molecules, chemical equations, and the periodic table of elements. Students will then study the different states of matter, test for acids and bases, and experience several chemical reactions in class. In fact, hands-on experiments dealing with foods and other household items will be a major part of class meetings, with an emphasis on using the scientific method to explore the chemical world. The semester will then end with a look into the practical applications of chemistry.

In the physics semester, students will study different forms of energy and the many forces displayed in our physical world. Through many hands-on experiments, students will explore such topics as electricity, magnetism, sound waves, and the colors of light. While studying motion, students will also be introduced to machines, the laws of gravity, and the forces at work in our universe. A closer look at the use of scientific inventions and technologies of both the past and present day will conclude the course.

Middle School Answers in Genesis Earth Science
This science course will give students an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the popular topics found within both astronomy and earth science. During the astronomy lessons, students will take an imaginary trip through the universe to study stars, asteroids, meteors, our sun and moon, as well as each of the planets in our solar system. Students will then discover more about Planet Earth by gaining important knowledge of the earth’s surface and what lies both above and beneath us.

Popular science topics such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and weather patterns that produce hurricanes and tornadoes will all be discussed. Hands-on activities and experiments will be a major focus of the class, as students will have opportunities to examine real rocks, minerals, fossils, dinosaur bones, and even a meteorite.

Students will also be able to participate in class discussions about the curriculum along with the many, current geologic events that continue to have an effect on our world today. All of the material presented in the class will be taught from a creationist perspective, as we will often use biblical texts alongside the Answers in Genesis curriculum.

Middle School Life Science
This Life Science course will give students an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of plants, animals, and the environments in which they live. Students will begin the course with a study of the structures found in both plant and animal cells. They will then learn to use a sketchbook to diagram much of what is observed in class, including the parts of a plant from its seeds to its flowers and fruits. In the fall, students will also gather their own collection of different kinds of plants, seeds, and tree leaves to further study the life cycle of plants and the process of photosynthesis. In the second semester, students will then take a closer look into the animal kingdom and the extreme environments they live in. Examining real collections of insects, bones, shells, and fossils, students will study many different animals including birds, fish, and even dinosaurs. Using internet resources and video clips, students will also take a journey into the animal environments of forests, deserts, ice worlds, caves, and oceans. In the spring, a field trip to the St. Paul Como Zoo and Conservatory will help students gather important information to complete a science fair project from a life science topic of their choosing.

Survey of High School Chemistry/Anatomy & Physiology
Chemistry - Fall Class Description:  High School Survey of Chemistry gives students a solid foundation in chemistry.  Created for students who do not plan on pursuing science or math as college majors, this course still rigorously covers the major concepts of chemistry. Topics include significant figures, atomic and molecular structure, chemical reactions, the mole concept, stoichiometry, molarity, and gas laws while also exploring real-life applications.  In-class labs and investigations provide opportunities to develop laboratory skills such as careful observation and interpretation of data, while review activities are incorporated to reinforce concepts.

Fall Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra I encouraged.  Physical Science and/or Biology recommended. 

Anatomy & Physiology - Spring Class Description:  High School Survey of Anatomy & Physiology explores the mysteries and wonders of the human body, system by system.  Many resources will be used in addition to the textbook, from microscope labs to hands-on manipulatives to complementary videos, all to encourage depth of understanding and length of retention. Acknowledging God as Master and Creator, students will see more clearly the beauty of God's design, as well as become familiar with common inherited and infectious diseases. In-class labs and investigations provide opportunities to develop laboratory skills, such as careful observation and interpretation of data, while review activities are incorporated to reinforce concepts.

Spring Prerequisite:  Biology