Science

High School Science

Biology (9th Grade) – 
This class is taught as a survey course. Topics covered include cell structure, Mendelian genetics, classification of living things, microbiology, botany, and zoology. Students will reinforce the concepts presented in class by using microscopes, performing dissections, and doing a variety of hands-on investigations.

Honors Biology (9th Grade) –  Is a hands-on class that is divided in to 2 main sections. The first division is “The Science of Life”, which covers God’s creation of all things, cells, cell processes, and genetics.  The second part of the class is “The Science of Organisms”, which deals with bacteria, viruses, and plants.  The class includes many labs and activities, as well as student-directed group work that is inquiry based where the groups are structured with students having designated roles. Prerequisite: Students must earn an A in 8th Grade Physics.

AP Biology (10th Grade) – 
The AP Biology course is designed as an introductory, college-level course. Through lecture, web-based activities, Internet research, and laboratories students receive a unique prospective in God’s logical design of the biological world and the interactions therein. Topics such as ecology, biochemistry, metabolism, evolution and creation, genetics, as well as the interaction, structure and function of plants and animals are discussed throughout the year. Students must have completed biology with a grade of an A in order to participate in this class. Students can expect one hour of homework each night as well as some independent study on topics.  Prerequisites: Students must have earned an A in Honors Biology.

Anatomy & Physiology (10th Grade)
 – This general level course covers a systematic exploration of all the structures and functions of the human body, God’s ultimate creation, with an eye toward understanding the integration of each part to the whole. The college level text supplemented with PowerPoint presentations and videos of actual structures compliment the teacher/student classroom experience. Students are supported in their individual study through the use of dedicated online support and a coloring book designed to further enhance the learner’s understanding. Labs and demonstrations give the opportunity for hands-on experience and group interaction.

Honors Anatomy & Physiology (10th Grade) – Honors Anatomy and Physiology is an advanced course that delves into the complex and intricate design of the human body. This course will include case study investigations with special emphasis on practical real-world application. Through laboratory experiences,online interactive media, and lectures, students will learn about body systems such as the cardiovascular,urinary, endocrine, digestive, nervous, skeletal and how these systems work together in maintaining homeostasis. Hands on lab activities as well as research into system disorders will enrich the material studied. Prerequisite: Students must earn an A in Biology or an A/B in Honors Biology.

Chemistry (11th Grade)
 – This class provides the student with a general introduction to chemical principles and concepts. Some of the topics covered include atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonds, chemical equations, stoichiometry, gas laws, and solutions. Students need to have basic algebra skills in order to do the required work. Students will reinforce the concepts presented in class by performing a variety of hands-on investigations and by doing experiments.

Honors Chemistry (11th Grade)
 – Honors Chemistry is an in depth study of energy, atomic structure and function, the periodic table, chemical formulas and reaction stoichiometry, gases, thermodynamics, solution chemistry, equilibrium, and acid-base chemistry. In addition to lecture, the course includes laboratories to emphasize concepts learned in class and improve basic laboratory skills. The course requires that each student be proficient in basic algebra as well as problem solving. To be eligible for Honors Chemistry student must have had an A in their previous science class as well as an A or B in Algebra II.

Ecology (12th Grade) – 
This course is designed for a broad overview of the study of man and the world in which he lives. Focusing on the concept that the earth is the product of a creative act rather then the chance occurrence of nondirective randomness, the student will be exposed to a broad range of subjects such as geology, astronomy, climatology, terrestrial and aquatic biology, and tree and bird identification. The goal of the course is to cause the student to gain a unique perspective and greater appreciation for the earth in general, and to allow the student to develop a personal response to man’s role as overseer of the planet’s resources.

Honors Ecology (12th Grade)
 – This course provides the honors track student with the opportunity to gain insight into the interaction of the environment and the organisms found within it. The material is presented with the goal of causing the student to consider man’s role as the one who is to “tend the garden”. The course will begin with an accelerated overview of scientific principles and concepts, followed by discussions on topics such as human populations and resources, environmental quality and pollution, and societal impacts on the environment. This course requires the student involvement and interaction with the teacher and fellow students as topics are researched and viewpoints explored. Prerequisite: Students must earn an A in Chemistry or A/B in Honors Chemistry

AP Chemistry (12th Grade) – 
AP Chemistry is designed as in introductory, college-level course. Concepts learned in Honors Chemistry are further developed. Through laboratory experiences and lecture students explore macroscopic chemistry, electronic structure and bonding, as well as speed and extent of chemical reactions. In order to take AP Chemistry students must have had an A in Honors Chemistry. Students can expect one hour of homework each night.

AP Physics (12th Grade)
 – AP Physics is a course designed to prepare students for the AP Physics Exam and to prepare students for physics in college. This is a science course with a strong emphasis on mathematical skills. Topics such as mechanics, thermodynamics, light, electricity, magnetism and nuclear energy are covered. About 20% of this class is conducted in a lab with all the necessary reports required of the students. An A or B in Honors Chemistry and an A in Honors Pre-Calculus are the prerequisites for this course.

AP Psychology (12th Grade) – 
AP Psychology engages students in the basic aspects of a college introduction to psychology course. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following: scientific methods, human development, sensation, perception, states of consciousness, learning, memory, language, intelligence, motivation, emotion, and personality. Also studied are various types of psychological disorders and therapies. The goal of the class is not only for the students to master the material and be fully prepared for the AP Psychology exam, but also to establish a Biblical view of the world of psychology and understand how it can apply to the lives of Christians.