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2019-2020 Course Offerings

Life Science
(grades 6-8)


Biology
(grades 9-11)


Human Anatomy & Physiology
(grades 11-12)


Science Skills Workshop
(grades 6-12)


General Information

Registration and Payment Information

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Registration for all classes is closed.

Life Science (Grades 6-8)

This introductory life science course, designed to be a first significant study in the field of biology, is appropriate for any middle-school student who is able to read and work independently. Primary emphasis in this course will be on discovering the fun in lab science while learning basic concepts in biology. Weekly labs will give students hands-on opportunities to investigate new principles and to apply concepts learned.

Day / Time: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Class Schedule: September 10 to December 10 / February 11 to May 19, with holiday breaks

Instructor: Lisa Swieson (LSwieson@science-resources.org)

Tuition: $475; includes all books and lab fees (does not include non-refundable registration fee)

Textbook: Life Science (Holt Science & Technology)

Pre-requisites: Science skills workshop or previous Science Academy class.

Topics Covered: Cells, heredity & DNA, evolution, survey of the kingdoms (with emphasis on plants & animals), and human body systems.

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Biology (Grades 9-11)

High-school biology is a college-preparatory, lab-based biology course suitable for any motivated high-school student. Students will be well prepared for the SAT II if they choose to take it, and an honors option (with science fair prep) will also be available. Yes, we will do some dissections.

Day / Time: Thursdays, 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Class Schedule: September 5 to May 21, with holiday breaks

Instructor: Lisa Swieson (LSwieson@science-resources.org)

Tuition: $600; includes all books and lab fees (does not include non-refundable registration fee)

Textbook: Biology, by Miller & Levine (Pearson/Prentice Hall)

Pre-requisites: Science skills workshop or previous Science Academy class.

Topics Covered: Ecology; cells; genetics; evolution; the kingdoms: bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, animals.

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Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology (Grades 11-12)

This is a rigorous, upper-level lab science course, appropriate for any student who has an interest in science and is willing to work hard. It is especially appropriate for students considering a career or a college major in health science. Students will do a significant amount of reading in a college-level text and write several essays in addition to completing regular homework problems. One longer research presentation may also be assigned. Weekly labs will include microscopy, diagnosis, simulations, and dissections.

Day / Time: Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Class Schedule: September 11 to April 29, with holiday breaks (schedule may vary)

Instructor: Lisa Swieson (LSwieson@science-resources.org)

Tuition: $600; includes all books and lab fees (does not include non-refundable registration fee)

Textbook: Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology (Pearson)

Pre-requisites: Science skills workshop or previous Science Academy class; documented completion (with grade B / 83% or better) of both high-school biology and high-school chemistry with lab (one full year of each).

Topics Covered: biochemistry, cells, tissues, and body systems (skin, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive).

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Science Skills Workshop (Grades 6-12)

Science skills is a three-day workshop for learning skills necessary for success in science. Required for students new to Science Academy classes, science skills is also appropriate for any student entering a new (traditional) school in the fall or planning to compete in science fair for the first time.

Dates: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, August 27-29

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Instructor: Lisa Swieson (LSwieson@science-resources.org)

Tuition: $35 (does not include non-refundable registration fee)

Topics Include: scientific method, experimentation, data analysis, graphing, problem-solving, math skills, logic, measuring, using basic tools of science.

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General Information

Class Location: All classes are held at Springton Lake Presbyterian Church, Route 252 & Media Line Road, Newtown Square, PA.

Science class format: The first half of each class will be spent reviewing the lesson, and the second half will be spent in lab. Between classes, students are expected to read course material, complete homework assignments and lab write-ups, and prepare for labs on their own. Take-home tests will be given monthly, and a lab practical will be given at the end of each semester.

High-school students must have their own email address and regular access to the Internet.

New science students (both MS and HS) must complete the science skills workshop.

Textbooks will be provided. See supply lists for all classes.

Homework and lab reports must be turned in on time.

Classes may be canceled if minimum enrollment is not reached (usually 4-6 students).


Registration for all classes is closed.

Payment Schedule:
  • Registration and science skills payments are due August 15. (No student will be registered after this date.)
  • First tuition payment (50% of class total) is due August 31.
  • Tuition balance is due January 31.
Tuition and fees are not refundable after classes have started. Only wait-listed students who are never enrolled in a class, or students whose class was canceled, can receive a refund of their registration fees.





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Last modified: 15 August 2019