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Biology I

Grades 9 - 12
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Course Schedule
Class Follows Upper Annual Schedule
Dates: 2024-08-13 to 2025-05-13
Tuition: $400 / Annual
Supplies: $50
Expectations and Homework
Students will be expected to participate in class and take notes as an introduction to biological concepts. As a Science course, at least 2.5-3 hours per week will need to be dedicated to this course outside of the classroom. Since we will need class time for lecture/discussion and lab work, parents will need to administer the tests at home.
While there are no prerequisites, this class will be very challenging for students who have not had any experience with a formal Science class.
Class Supplies Needed
Textbook, student notebook, 1 in binder, notebook paper, unlined paper, and colored pencils for labs
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About the Course
Biology I

This high school biology course is designed to be your high school student’s first science course. As a college-prep high school biology course, it will set the stage for success in their homeschool years in high school, prepare them for college-level courses, and give them an understanding of the basic biological world that surrounds them each day of their lives, so they can appreciate the real-world relevance of a scientific inquiry. 

In this course there is:

• A heavy emphasis on the vocabulary of biology so that students are properly prepared to have scientific discussions
• A strong background in the scientific method so that students are trained for laboratory sciences in other high school science courses, as well as university studies
• Labs that cover experimentation, microscopy, and dissection
• Introduction to classification, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, ecosystems, and much more

Materials needed:   Exploring Creation with Biology Textbook, 3rd Edition - Textbook & Student notebook.  We will be using the book tests, but I will purchase this material.



Grades will be calculated on the:

1. tests

2. lab reports

3. projects

4. class participation

Grades will be communicated through the use of a "shared" Google sheet beteeen the parent, student, and teacher.



I plan to utilize Google classroom as a platform to communicate homework and other class materials.


Please reach out with any questions concerning this course.




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About Heather

This fall I will be teaching 7/8 writing, Biology, and dual credit English Composition 1&2.

After many years as a homeschooling mom, I started teaching at Cornerstone two years ago. I enjoy it immensely! As nerdy as it sounds, I love to learn! What an amazing blessing from God to be able to study the world around us and learn more about Him.
I attended Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana where I earned a Bachelor's degree in Science Education in 2008. Amazingly, I taught only one year in a public school before I had the blessing of staying home with my oldest daughter. I re-started my formal education two summers ago when I took an online course and became registered as an IEW instructor.
With God's help, I am finishing my 10th year of homeschooling my three daughters. Living and learning with my husband and our daughters in the countryside of southern Indiana is one of the greatest blessings of my life. When I'm not teaching or homeschooling, I enjoy baking, cooking, gardening, and reading. I am looking forward to the honor of teaching new classes and new students in the fall of 2024!

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