Science Classes for Homeschoolers
Now there's a solution to teaching upper-level science and math to your homeschooled
children -- the Science Academy, a division of Science Resources, offers homeschool science
and math classes for students in grades 6-12.
Students may choose one- or two-semester courses...
or short-term enrichment classes meant to supplement an existing science program...
taught by scientists and teachers who are experienced in their fields.
Two-Semester Course Offerings
Science Academy courses meet once per week for review and lab (in science classes). Students are given reading assignments and homework to complete between classes. Tests and grades are given. Many courses include one independent research project and oral presentation.
Different courses are offered each year on a rotating basis, and new courses may be periodically added. During any given 3-year period, most middle- and high-school courses will be offered at least once, though the order in which courses are taken will vary for each student. Before planning your own course sequence, be sure to make note of the prerequisites for each course and to look at the course schedule to find out when each course is expected to be offered.
One-Semester Course Offerings
Science Academy courses usually meet once per week for review and lab. Students are given reading assignments and homework to complete between classes. Tests and grades are given. Classes may include an independent research project and/or oral presentation.
Look at the course schedule to find out when each course is expected to be offered.
Enrichment Classes are of variable length -- usually between 4 and 12 weeks long -- and are not a complete science course on their own. They are meant to complement an existing science program in your homeschool. (For example, a 6-week unit on Moon Rocks is not a complete course, but it would supplement a course in geology, astronomy, or earth science nicely, and would add a more hands-on approach.)
All Middle School Courses: Students must be in grades 6-8 and have taken a previous Science Academy class or science skills for middle school. Additional requirements:
Science Academy Teachers
Lisa Swieson received her BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. She homeschooled her four children from 1995 to 2014 and has been teaching science classes to homeschooled students since 2002. Lisa taught science at Cornerstone High School from 2007 to 2013 and currently teaches human anatomy & physiology at Delaware County Christian School. She is the founder and director of the Greater Philadelphia Homeschool Science Fair and is certified to borrow lunar samples from NASA.
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