Science Classes

Answers in Genesis Earth Science 

  • This course will be offered on a yearly rotational schedule with Answers in Genesis Life Science.

Class Description:

This science course will give students an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the popular topics found within both astronomy and earth science. During the astronomy lessons, students will take an imaginary trip through the universe to study stars, asteroids, meteors, our sun and moon, as well as each of the planets in our solar system.  Students will then discover more about Planet Earth by gaining important knowledge of the earth’s surface and what lies both above and beneath us.

Popular science topics such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and weather patterns that produce hurricanes and tornadoes will all be discussed. Hands-on activities and experiments will be a major focus of the class, as students will have opportunities to examine real rocks, minerals, fossils, dinosaur bones, and even a meteorite.

Students will also be able to participate in class discussions about the curriculum along with the many, current geologic events that continue to have an effect on our world today. All of the material presented in the class will be taught from a creationist perspective, as we will often use biblical texts alongside the Answers in Genesis curriculum.

Prerequisite: None

Tutor: Melissa Kuch

Class Length: Full year

Grade Level: Grades 5– 7

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 22 student maximum

Tuition: $175 per semester plus $15 supply fee

Homework: Yes, approximately 2 hours/week

Textbook Requirements:  

Students must purchase the one-year Answers in Genesis curriculum entitled God's Design for Heaven and Earth by Debbie and Richard Lawrence.  The set of all three books are needed for the course (Our Planet Earth, Our Universe, Our Weather and Water).  Please note that the 3rd edition of all student books will be required, while the teacher supplement books are not needed for the course.  Students may purchase the books at Heppner's Legacy in Elk River, or order them directly from the Answers website:
http://www.answersingenesis.org/store/product/gods-design-science-curriculum/?sku=40-1-323

Supplies:  Safety goggles

Required:  Home internet access


Answers in Genesis Life Science (returning fall of 2016)

  • This course will be offered on a yearly rotational schedule with Answers in Genesis Earth Science

Class Description:  

Offered every other year in a rotation with Earth Science, this new Answers in Genesis Life Science course will give students an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of plants, animals, and the environments in which they live.  Students will begin the course with a study of the structures found in both plant and animal cells.  They will then learn to use a sketchbook to diagram much of what is observed in class, including the parts of a plant from its seeds to its flowers and fruits.  In the fall, students will also gather their own collection of different kinds of plants, seeds, and tree leaves to further study the life cycle of plants and the process of photosynthesis.  In the second semester, students will then take a closer look into the animal kingdom and the extreme environments they live in.  Examining real collections of insects, bones, shells, and fossils, students will study many different animals including birds, fish, and even dinosaurs.  Using internet resources and video clips, students will also take a journey into the animal environments of forests, deserts, ice worlds, caves, and oceans.  In the spring, a field trip to the St. Paul Como Zoo and Conservatory will help students gather important information to complete a science fair project from a life science topic of their choosing.

Prerequisite: None

Tutor:  Melissa Kuch

Class Length:  Full Year

Grade Level:  Grades 5-7

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 22 student maximum

Tuition:  $175 per semester plus $15 supply fee

Homework: Yes, approximately 2 hours/week

Textbook Requirements:  

Students must purchase the three Answers in Genesis  textbooks by Debbie and Richard Lawrence:  The World of Plants, The World of Animals, and Properties of Ecosystems.  Please note that the 3rd edition of all student books will be required, while teacher supplement books are not needed for the course.  Also note that the orange ecosystem textbook is from a different series than the green plant and animal books.   

Textbooks may be purchased at Heppner’s Legacy in Elk River, or purchased directly from the Answers website:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/store/product/gods-design-science-curriculum/?sku=40-1-323

Supplies:  safety goggles, sketchbook (ideal size 8 ½” x 11”)

Required:  Home internet access


Answers in Genesis Chemistry Science

Class Description:  

Usually to be taken after earth science and/or life science, this new chemistry course will introduce students to experimental science with an emphasis on using the scientific method to explore solutions, mixtures, and the different states of matter.  Diving deeper into chemistry, the second semester will have students studying atoms, molecules, chemical reactions, and the periodic table of elements.  Students will test for acids and bases, learn how to write a chemical equation, and finally look at the practical applications of chemistry.  Hands-on experiments dealing with foods and other household items will be a major part of class meetings.  Throughout the course, students will be given opportunities to participate in class discussions about the curriculum along with any new current scientific events that continue to have an effect on our world today.  All of the material presented in the class will be taught from a creationist perspective, as biblical texts are often used alongside the Answers in Genesis curriculum.

Prerequisite: None

Tutor:  Melissa Kuch

Class Length:  Full Year

Grade Level:  Grades 6-8

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 22 student maximum

Tuition:  $175 per semester plus a $20 per semester supply fee

Homework: Yes, approximately 2-3 hours per week

Textbook Requirements:  

Students must purchase the 3rd edition of the Answers in Genesis textbooks entitled Properties of Matter and Properties of Atoms and Molecules by Debbie and Richard Lawrence.  These books are from the God’s Design for Chemistry and Ecology series. Please note that only the two chemistry books from the orange set of three will be needed for the course.  There is no need to buy the teacher supplements that go along with the set, as only individual student books will be required.  The textbooks may be found at Heppner’s Legacy in Elk River, or purchased directly from the Answers website:

http://www.answersingenesis.org/store/product/gods-design-science-curriculum/?sku=40-1-323& .

Supplies:  safety goggles, notebook

Required:  Home internet access


Apologia General Science

Class Description:

This Apologia science course is the first middle school Apologia course in a series and is typically recommended for students going into the 7th or 8th grade. Throughout the course, students will be able to participate in class discussions that will allow them to ask and answer many questions about concepts found in geology, chemistry, and biology.  Within the first semester, students will learn the basics of science, including the history of science, the scientific method, scientific inquiry, and how to conduct an experiment.  In fact, students will spend most of their class time participating in many hands-on experiments from the textbook that will help them to begin observations, form questions, make predictions, test hypotheses, and analyze results in a laboratory notebook.  Students will also study the many geologic features found in creation and the effects of a worldwide flood, while examining geologic specimens that include fossils, rocks, and minerals.  In the second semester, important biology concepts will be introduced, which includes cells, the structure of DNA, and the classification of life.  A thorough study of the human body systems will then conclude the course.

Prerequisite: Students must have a basic knowledge of elementary science concepts and be able to keep up with required weekly readings and assignments.

Tutor:  Melissa Kuch

Class Length:  Full Year

Grade Level:  Grades 7– 9th 

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 22 student maximum

Tuition:  $180 per semester plus a $15 supply fee

Homework: Yes, minimum of 3-4 hours per week

Textbook Requirements:  Students will be required to purchase the 2nd edition Apologia textbook, Exploring Creation with General Science by Dr. Jay Wile and the 2nd edition Solutions and Tests For Exploring Creation with General Science.  Purchasing the multi-media companion CD-Rom and/or audio CD are optional, but recommended for those students who may need additional help with reading and vocabulary terms.  Textbooks and materials may be purchased at Heppner’s Legacy in Elk River, or ordered directly from the Apologia website:  www.apologia.com .

Supplies:  safety goggles

Required:  Home internet access


Apologia Physical Science

Class Description:

Students of physical science will learn to understand and explore the exciting, wonderful world around them. Topics include theory and practical observations related to atoms and molecules of air and water, the weather and the earth’s layers. We will investigate space, sound, light and Newton’s Laws. Students will discuss the principals and laws of physical science and learn on a technical level how God supports our life on earth. This course includes hands-on laboratory experience and an understanding of scientific methods.

Prerequisite: A General Science course of some kind

Tutor: Linda Williams

Class length: Full year

Grade Level: Grades 8-12

Class Size: 7 student minimum, 30 student maximum

Tuition: $205 per semester. Additional $20.00 lab fee per semester includes use of lab equipment, lab supplies, lab notebook, additional handouts

Homework: 3-4 hours per week

Textbook Requirements: (To be purchased by parents) Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd Edition, by Dr. Jay Wile, and Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd Edition, Solutions Manual. May be purchased from Apologia at 1-888-524-4724 or www.apologia.com or locally from Heppner’s Legacy in Elk River at 763-241-4663. Auditory learners or slow-readers may want to also purchase the MP3 audiobook for around $12.

Supplies: Calculator, lab coat or heavy shirt, closed shoes (no sandals), composition notebook for lab, safety goggles, notebook for lectures, pencil, metric ruler, 2 liter bottles

Required: Internet access for students to receive class notices, download supplemental reading and worksheets, and link to applicable websites.


High School Survey of Chemistry (fall semester 2015)

Class Description:

High School Survey of Chemistry gives students a solid foundation in chemistry.  Created for students who do not plan on pursuing science or math as college majors, this course still rigoroulsly covers the major concepts of chemistry. Topics include significant figures, atomic and molecular structure, chemical reactions, the mole concept, stoichiometry, molarity, and gas laws while also exploring real-life applications.  In-class labs and investigations provide opportunities to develop laboratory skills such as careful observation and interpretation of data, while review activities are incorporated to reinforce concepts.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra I encouraged.  Physical Science and/or Biology recommended.  Students must be able to keep up with reading and homework in order to fully comprehend the material, and to be prepared for class discussions and experiments.

Tutor: Jennifer Holt

Class Length: One Semester, Fall only.  

  • Pair with High School Survey of Anatomy in the spring for a full year of science with lab.

Grade Level: Grades 10–12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $205 plus a $35 lab fee due the first day of WEST, cash or check written out to Jennifer Holt.

Homework: Yes, approximately 4-6 hours weekly

Textbook Requirements:  To be determined.

Supplies:  $35 lab fee per semester, which includes use of lab equipment, lab supplies, and additional handouts.  

Required:   Internet access is required for students to receive class notices, download supplemental reading and worksheets, and link to applicable websites.


High School Survey of Anatomy (spring semester 2016)

Class Description:

High School Survey of Anatomy explores the mysteries and wonders of the human body, system by system.  Many resources will be used in addition to the textbook, from microscope labs to hands-on manipulatives to complementary videos, all to encourage depth of understanding and length of retention. Acknowledging God as Master and Creator, students will see more clearly the beauty of God's design, as well as become familiar with common inherited and infectious diseases.    In-class labs and investigations provide opportunities to develop laboratory skills, such as careful observation and interpretation of data, while review activities are incorporated to reinforce concepts.

Prerequisite: Biology.  Students must be able to keep up with reading and homework in order to fully comprehend the material and to be prepared for class discussions and experiments.

Tutor: Jennifer Holt

Class Length: One Semester, Spring only.  

  • Pair with High School Survey of Chemistry in the fall for a full year of science with lab.

Grade Level: Grades 10–12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $205 plus a $35 lab fee payable on the first day of WEST, cash or check to Jennifer Holt.

Homework: Yes, approximately 4-6 hours weekly

Textbook Requirements:  To be determined.

Supplies:  $35 lab fee per semester, which includes use of lab equipment, lab supplies, and additional handouts.  

Required:   Internet access is required for students to receive class notices, download supplemental reading and worksheets, and link to applicable websites.

 


 

Apologia Biology

Class Description:

Apologia Biology is a rigorous college-prep course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general biology.  Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, it provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, dissection, ecosystems, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, and evolutionary theory and its weaknesses.  In-class labs and investigations provide opportunities to develop laboratory skills, such as careful observation and interpretation of data, while review activities are incorporated to reinforce concepts.   

  •  A five-week extension will be offered in May to include human anatomy, population ecology, and CLEP test prep for those interested.
 
Prerequisite:  Typically, physical science.  Students must be able to keep up with reading and homework in order to fully comprehend the material and to be prepared for the class discussions and experiments.  
 
Tutor: Jennifer Holt

Class Length: Full Year

Grade Level: Grades 9–12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Class Tuition: $205 per semester. Additional $35.00 lab fee per semester includes use of lab equipment and microscopes, lab supplies, lab notebook, dissection specimens and equipment, additional handouts, and companion CD-rom for use in class.  The $35 lab fee is payable with check or cash on the first day of WEST to Jennifer Holt.

Homework: Yes, 4-6 hours per week

Textbook Requirement:  Exploring Creation with Biology (2nd Edition) book and solutions manual, by Dr. Jay Wile.  To be purchased by parents.  An MP3 audiobook is available for auditory learners.

Supplies: $35 lab fee per semester, which includes use of lab equipment and microscopes, lab supplies, dissection specimens, and additional handouts.  

Required: Internet access for students to receive class notices, download supplemental reading and worksheets, and link to applicable websites.


Apologia Chemistry

Class Description:

Apologia Chemistry gives students a rigorous foundation in chemistry in order to be best prepared for a college-level course.  This course covers significant figures, atomic and molecular structure, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, gas laws, and equilibrium.    In-class labs and investigations provide opportunities to develop laboratory skills, such as careful observation and interpretation of data, while review activities are incorporated to reinforce concepts.

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of Algebra I required.  Physical Science and/or Biology recommended.  Students must be able to keep up with reading and homework in order to fully comprehend the material, and to be prepared for class discussions and experiments.

Tutor: Jennifer Holt

Class Length: Full Year

Grade Level: Grades10–12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $205 per semester. Additional $35.00 lab fee per semester includes use of lab equipment and supplies, as well as additional handouts, The $35 lab fee is payable on the first day of WEST by cash or check written out to Jennifer Holt.

Homework: Yes, approximately 4-6 hours weekly

Textbook Requirements:  Exploring Creation with Chemistry (2nd Edition) book and solutions manual, by Dr. Jay Wile.  To be purchased by parents.  An MP3 audiobook is available for auditory learners.

Supplies:  $35 lab fee per semester, which includes use of lab equipment, lab supplies, and additional handouts.  

Required:   Internet access is required for students to receive class notices, download supplemental reading and worksheets, and link to applicable websites.