Science

General Science

InstructorAnastasia Abbott
Grade level: Recommended Grade Level: 7th, but appropriate for 6th – 8th
Class fee: $400 per year ($50 per month)
Copy fee: $50
Books required: N/A - provided
Supplies required: 3-ring binder, composition notebook, pen, safety goggles
Course description: This course will introduce students to the joy of science, and will cover topics that will be found throughout the rest of their science courses and daily lives. We will discuss and implement the experimental method, lab safety, physics, chemistry, biology, the earth, the solar system, and much more! 



Physical Science
InstructorMarla Ripps 
Grade level: 7th to 9th
Class fee: $480 per year ($60 per month)
Supply fee: $80
Prerequisites: the ability to write a short lab report and do basic math
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Maximum enrollment: 10 students
Books required: provided by the teacher
Supplies required: 1” 3-ring binder, notebook paper, dividers, calculator
Course description: This will be a hands-on science class introducing the concepts of Physics and Chemistry without much of the intense math. We will have a variety of lecture and hands on activities each week. Each student will be required to turn in lab reports as assigned and there will be vocabulary assigned and some reading and answering of questions. Topics covered will include but not limited to Atoms, Elements and Compounds, Matter, Periodic Table, Static Forces, Dynamic Forces, Electricity/Magnetism, Light, etc. There are 9 units in the curriculum. Each unit will take approximately 2-4 weeks to complete.
Students must also have access to a computer and the internet and have basic knowledge of computers as almost all homework, lab reports, and tests are submitted online. New this year: 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.



Biology 1
InstructorAnastasia Abbott
Grade level: Recommended Grade Level: 9th-10th, but will be accepted as high school credit for any student
Class fee: $400 per year ($50 per month)
Supply fee: $50
Minimum/Maximum enrollment: 4-12 students
Books required: Pandia Press: Biology Level 2 R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey by Blair Lee, M.S.
Supplies required: 3-ring binder, pen, safety goggles
Course description: The study of life is one of the most intuitive and approachable subsets of science. This course will discuss what life is and how it functions. Students will learn the foundations of life, the anatomy of living things, and view it with microscope and labeling activities. This course will also approach crucial pre-college experience in learning how to take lecture notes, write a technical lab report, and document experiments and/or dissections.


Anatomy & Physiology - Advanced Biology A&P
InstructorAnastasia Abbott
Grade level: 11th-12th grade, but will be accepted as high school credit for any student
Prerequisite: Biology and Chemistry are beneficial but not required. Any students that have not taken these courses must be prepared to do some extra work to understand the concepts.
Minimum enrollment: 4 students
Class fee: $520 per year ($65 per month)
Supply fee: $60
Books required: Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology by Valerie C. Scanlon, 4th edition. ISBN: 0-8036-1007-6 Note: I do not require the student to have the same edition as me, but students with different editions will need to include prompts with homework problems so that I can compare and grade.
Supplies required: 3-ring binder, laboratory notebook with carbonless pages, pen, and safety goggles.
Course description: From the microscopic individual bonds of an ATP molecule, to the gross anatomy of the skeleton, this course will discuss both the structure and the function of the human body with respect to each of its organ systems. Students will get to exercise creativity, and get involved in hands-on dissections. This course will also approach crucial pre-college experience in learning how to take lecture notes, write a technical lab report, and document experiments and/or dissections. Although Bio I, Chemistry and Physics are not prerequisites to this course, they are recommended.


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 
Maximum enrollment: 10 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: 
 2 students 
Maximum enrollment: 10 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 
Maximum enrollment: 10 students
Prerequisite
Students can be taking Algebra 2 or higher while taking this class, but it would be better to have taken Algebra 2 and be enrolled in either Saxon Advanced Math or an equivalent Pre-Calculus math course.
Required textbooks:  Apologia- Exploring Creation with Physics- Edition 2
Required supplies:  TBA
Class description: Physics is a math-based science that is required in many college degree plans. The book we will be using is an algebra based Physics as opposed to a calculus based physics. 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.
HomeworkThere 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 almost all homework, lab reports, and tests are submitted 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.
LabsStudents will perform 4 - 6 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.



Comments