Science

General Science:

Instructor: Lisa Frazier
Grade Level: Recommended Grade Level: 7th, but appropriate for 6th – 8th
Regular Class Fee: $360 per year ($45 per month) I have eliminated the supply fee and copy fee to help with registration costs. Supplies and Pre-Printed Lab Notebook pages are now included in the class fee.
Sibling Discount: $5 per month (if you have signed up more than one child that lives in your home for any of my classes, each additional student after the first one will be $5 less per month.
Books Required (parent must purchase on their own):
Apologia General Science ($68 ($85 for the set), 2nd edition ISBN-10:19320128669
Supplies Required: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers
Course Description: "This course is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences. Although it can be used for eighth grade (especially if the student has recently left the public schools), it is typically used best in the seventh grade. The course covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology. Its scope, therefore, is quite wide."
This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. While most of our time is for lab, I try to balance that with a little lecture, discussion, and time for questions. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the Study Guides in the text. One project for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation. This will be assigned in the fall and due before the winter break.
Students will get excellent exposure to science without too much homework. Some students, especially at this age need to just enjoy science before they get too bogged down with answering questions and taking tests. As an exposure to the level and type of tests required in upper level sciences, I will send home Module Tests (usually every two weeks). For General Science, these may be taken “open book.” Students can expect about two to three hours of homework per week. All assignments must be turned in by the following week. I often teach using a Socratic Method of asking students questions and either praising, correcting, or expanding upon their answers, so class participation is expected. This may or may not be very new to your students, so expectations will rise gradually through the year.Students are expected to check NEO regularly for assignments, due dates and grades. Parents should create parent accounts and check regularly to provide their students needed accountability.

Physical Science
InstructorLisa Frazier
Grade Level: Recommended Grade Level: 8th (6th and 7th grade students may take the class if they have some experience with PreAlgebra or are taking it concurrently.)
Class Fee: $360 per year ($45 per month); Multi-Enrollment Discount: $5/mo discount for siblings in my Science/multi Science enrollment
Lab supply / Copy fee: NONE – this is included in the Course fee
Prerequisite: Pre-Algebra or taking it concurrently
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Books Required (not provided): 
APOLOGIA, by Dr. Wile Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd ed. ($68) ISBN: 978-1932012774
Solutions and Tests for Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd ed. ($17), ISBN: 978-1932012781
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Supplies Required: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers, calculator
Course Description: "This course is designed to be the last science course the student takes before high school biology. Thus, we generally recommend it as an 8th grade course. The text discusses such topics as the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, the structure of the earth, environmentalism, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics. The author especially concentrates on the myths generated by the environmentalist movement. It is an excellent course for preparing the student to take a college-prep high school science curriculum. "
Students will receive an excellent exposure to science without too much homework. In preparation for high school sciences, Module Tests will be sent home at the end of each module, but may be taken “open book”. This is to prepare the student for the types of questions they will be expected to answer in high school sciences in order to demonstrate mastery of the material. Taking the test will be good review for solidifying concepts and good practice for high school. Students can expect about two to three hours of homework per week. All assignments must be turned in by the following week. Class participation in discussion is expected.Students should check NEO regularly for assignments, due dates and grades. Parents should create parent accounts and check regularly to provide much needed accountability for their students.
What to Expect: This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. Lab is supplemented with brief lecture, discussion and short videos as teaching tools to keep students engaged. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the Study Guide in the text. Projects: Two fun projects for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation during the second semester. 
Tests: Tests will be assigned and are to be administered by the parent by their discretion including open book, closed book, timed tests, etc.
Students can expect about three hours of homework per week. 
Tutoring: I’m available for tutoring if needed. My goal is to extend a love for science (or at least an interest and understanding) and the miracles of God’s awesome creation.

Biology:
Instructor: Lisa Frazier
Grade Level: Recommended Grade Level: 9th, but will be accepted as high school credit for any student
Class Fee
$400 per year ($50 per month) I have eliminated the copy fee this year and the lab fee to save at registration time, all lab supplies including dissection specimens are now included in the class fee, lab notebook pages are also included.
Sibling discount: $5 per month (if you have signed up more than one child that lives in your home for any of my classes, each additional student after the first one will be $5 less per month.)
Books Required (parent must purchase on their own): 
Apologia Biology, 2nd edition ($50)  ISBN: 1932012540 This ISBN is for the textbook only. Please purchase the set which contains the Teacher’s Guide. Students will correct their Study Guides AFTER they are completed. Study Guides with errors do not make good study tools ;) Teacher’s Guides and accompanying tests should remain with parents
Supplies Required: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers
Course Description: 
"This course is designed to be the student’s first high school science course and is a college-prep biology 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, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems. It also provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a tough university biology course."
This will be a lab-focused class which means it is very hands-on. I try to make time to review difficult concepts and use discussion and short videos as teaching tools to keep students engaged. Students will be expected to complete labs (mostly in class, lab sheets to be completed at home), complete reading assignments in order to be prepared for class and complete the Study Guide in the text. One project for the year will be expected to be completed at home and brought to class for presentation. There will be outside “collections” to make as well. Module Tests will be taken at home at the end of each module. As often as possible Study Guide Questions will be discussed in class, students may take notes on those to prepare for the Module Test, extra credit will be offered and class participation expected. Tests can be taken open book or closed. Closed book tests receive extra credit and must be proctored at home be a parent.Grading: Student grades will be based on class participation, lab documentation, written book work, tests and projects. Students are responsible for make-up work and should check NEO regularly for grades, assignments and due dates. I make every effort to grade assignments in the week they are submitted.

Anatomy & Physiology—Advanced Biology: A & P 
Instructor: Lisa Frazier
Grade Level: 
Recommended for 12th grade, but students who have completed Biology are eligible.
Prerequisite: Biology (Chemistry is beneficial but not required) 
Class Fee: $400 per year ($50 per month) 
Lab supply / Copy fee: $15
Sibling discount: $5 per month (if you have signed up more than one child that lives in your home for any of my classes, each additional student after the first one will be $5 less per month.)
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Books Required
(parent must purchase on their own):
TBA This ISBN is for the textbook. If purchasing on Amazon, CBD, Rainbow Resources, Amazon, or direct from Apologia, there is an option for the set which contains the textbook and teacher’s guide. Please purchase the set so that students may correct their Study Guides AFTER completion. A Study Guide with errors is not an effective study tool ;). Teacher’s Guide and accompanying tests should remain with the parent.

Required Materials:

Advanced Biology: The Human Body 2nd Ed.

Authors: Marilyn M. Shannon & Rachael L. Yunis

Format: Textbook with solutions manual ISBN 978-1-940110-11-0

Please note that there is a new Student Lab Manual for this course. I have ordered one to review. If I feel it will add to this course, I may require it.

I am NOT requiring the Anatomy Coloring Book recommended in the text. However, the textbook makes regular assignments from it. If your student would enjoy the activity as a learning tool, please feel free to order it. Some students benefit, some find it tedious.

Supplies Required: 1 ½” or 2” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers

With updated text and beautiful new illustrations, this course prepares students to take the Advance Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. This advanced biology course covers both the anatomy and physiology of each of the human body’s organ systems for those students who have successfully completed high school biology. Apologia recommends chemistry as a pre-requisite, but please note that there are no equations or formulas involved, but discussions of the chemical processes involved in hormones, enzymes, etc.. A student who is wishing to delay chemistry for math skills to “catch up” could do so, but should be aware that this is an in depth and challenging course. Please note that the reproductive system is covered in detail, including accurate yet respectful illustrations and descriptions.

Students will keep a lab notebook and we will perform all experiments in the text, including dissections (eye, heart, and fetal pig). I will be supplementing some chapters with some short video assignments to make difficult concepts come alive. We will do some case studies and medical charts to apply information we learn in class. Students will make a Power Point presentation at least once this year and will do a short “web search” type research project. As such, this course is excellent preparation for college and can easily be listed on a high school transcript as an Honors Course. It is my hope that we will be able to visit a cadaver lab in the Spring as a required field trip.
Grading: Students will receive a grade based on their class participation, homework grades, lab work and test grades. Some lab grades can be excused with infrequent excused absences, otherwise students should expect to complete all assignments thoroughly and on time.

Chemistry I: 
Instructor: Marla Ripps 
Course fee: $520 (8 payments of $65)   
Lab supply / Copy fee: $65 
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 10th (
This class is designed for 8th, 9 th and 10th graders as a prerequisite to Chemistry 2 or any level high school student that needs a Chemistry credit to graduate.)
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of Algebra is required. Prefer completion of Algebra 1.
Required textbooks: 
Apologia Exploring Creation through Chemistry 2nd edition. You can purchase used copies from Amazon, homeschool used book swaps, etc. I have a few copies available to rent.
Required supplies: TBA
Class description: We will study all aspects of Chemistry including but not limited to: atoms- their properties, how they react, how they bond; moles; stoichiometry; gas laws, acid/base chemistry; balancing chemical equations; and other topics. This class involves daily homework, weekly reading, and periodic testing.  Students must also have access to a computer and the internet and have basic knowledge of computers as I plan to have students submit homework, lab reports, and tests online.  In order to cover the amount of material we need to cover, there may be some video lessons with homework assigned to be completed at home before coming to class on Tuesday.

Chemistry 2: 
InstructorMarla Ripps 
Course fee: $560 (8 payments of $70)   
Lab supply / Copy fee: 
 $65
Grade level: 
 Recommended grade level: 11th - 12th 
Minimum enrollment: 
 4 students 
Prerequisite: 
 Chemistry 1 or equivalent and Algebra 2 or higher.
Required textbooks: 
 Apologia Advanced Chemistry 2nd edition
Required supplies:  TBA
Class description: This course is a more in depth study of the various topics of Chemistry. This course should prepare a student to take the AP Chemistry exam in May. Labs will be performed in class as time permits. Topics covered will be:
 The Atom
 The Electronic Structure of Molecules
 Intermolecular Forces and the Phases of Matter
 Solutions and Colloids
 Solutions and Equilibrium
 Acid/Base Equilibria
 More on Equilibrium
 Electrochemistry (2 modules)
 Chemical Kinetics
 Organic Chemistry (2 modules)
Homework: There is weekly homework that will take approximately 5-10 hours per week to finish plus periodic Module tests and either a final exam or final project (to be determined by the teacher). This amount of work will prepare your student for college. Students must also have access to a computer and the internet and have basic knowledge of computers as I plan to have students submit homework, lab reports, and tests online. In order to cover the amount of material we need to cover, there may be some video lessons with homework assigned to be completed at home before coming to class on Tuesday.

Physics: 
InstructorMarla Ripps 
Course fee: $520 (8 payments of $65)   
Lab supply /Copy fee: $80 
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 11th - 12th 
Minimum enrollment: 4 students 
Prerequisite
Students must have completed Algebra 2 and be enrolled in or completed either Pre-Calculus or Saxon Advanced Math or an equivalent  Math course. 
Required textbooks:  Apologia Exploring Creation through Physics 2nd edition
Required supplies:  TBA
Class description: Physics is an intense math based science that is required in many college degree plans. We will cover the basic topics of Physics which include but are not limited to: Forces, Vectors, Momentum, Work, Dynamics, Newton's Laws, and other topics as time permits.
Homework: There will be weekly homework that will take approximately 3 - 7 hours per week to finish plus periodic tests. Students must also have access to a computer and the internet and have basic knowledge of computers as I plan to have students submit homework, lab reports, and tests online. In order to cover the amount of material we need to cover, there may be some video lessons with homework assigned to be completed at home before coming to class on Tuesday.
Labs: Students will perform lab experiments or Project Based Learning (PBL) assignments which will further help the student to understand the concepts presented. A formal Lab report or PBL report will be due the next week after completion.

Physics 2: 
InstructorMarla Ripps 
Course fee: $560 (8 payments of $70)   
Lab supply / Copy fee:  $80
Grade level: Recommended grade level: 11th - 12th
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Prerequisite: Physics 1 or equivalent, completion of Algebra 2 and enrollment in 
Pre-Calculus or Calculus.
Required textbooks: 
Advanced Physics in Creation  from Apologia
Required supplies: TBA
Class description: This class will continue and deepen an understanding of Physics and prepare a student for more advanced Physics and Engineering courses in college. Topics covered include but are not limited to:
    • Vectors
    • Kinematics
    • Circular motion 
    • Newton’s Laws 
    • Energy and Momentum 
    • Thermodynamics 
    • And many others 

Homework: 5-10 hours of homework per week, consisting of reading, vocabulary, problems, lab reports, some research and periodic tests. All tests will be take home. Students must also have access to a computer and the internet and have basic knowledge of computers as I plan to have students submit homework, lab reports, and tests online.  In order to cover the amount of material we need to cover, there may be some video lessons with homework assigned to be completed at home before coming to class on Tuesday.


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