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2016-2017
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Enrichment Classes

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Course Descriptions
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.
Middle School (grades 6-8)
Life Science
Physical Science
Earth Science


High School (grades 9-12)
Earth Science
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Advanced Biology
Advanced Physics

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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.

  • Anatomy & Physiology (grades 11-12)
  • Ecology & Climatology (grades 5-8)
  • Forensic Science (grades 10-12)
  • Genetics (grades 11-12)
  • Microscopy (grades 6-12)

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Enrichment Classes


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.)

  • Moon Rocks (grades 4-10)
  • Science Skills Workshops (grades 6-12)
  • Science Fair Club (grades 6-12)

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Prerequisites


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:
  • Life Science: none
  • Physical Science: Students must be at least in grade 7 and be able to use decimals and perentages.
  • Earth Science: none
All High School Courses: Students must be in grades 9-12 and have taken a previous Science Academy class or science skills for high school. Additional requirements:
  • Earth Science: none
  • Biology: none
  • Chemistry: Students must have successfully completed Algebra 1.*
  • Conceptual Physics: Students must have successfully completed Algebra 1 and should be enrolled in geometry if that has not been completed as well.
  • Physics: Students must have successfully completed Algebra 1 and geometry, including basic trig.* (Completion of Algebra 2 is also recommended, but Algebra 2 may be taken concurrently with teacher permission.)
  • Advanced biology, genetics, anatomy & physiology: Students must have successfully completed high-school-level biology and chemistry with lab.*
  • Advanced physics: Students must have successfully completed physics.*
*Students may demonstrate competency by presenting a final exam, by certification from a teacher, or by passing a proficiency exam prior to the start of the course.

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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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Last modified: 17 June 2015