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Junior High Science Courses


7th Grade General Science

Instructor: Mrs. Heather Getson
Email: heathergetson@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: Recommended 7th grade
Min/Max#: 5/28
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: Junior High science credit
Tuition: $550
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This class is designed to be a general overview of many important science concepts. We will be studying topics such as the scientific method, simple machines, geology, archaeology, biology, anatomy and other topics. There will be multiple hands-on experiments to complete throughout this course. Students will learn how to produce a top-quality lab report, building on skills as they go through out the semester. There will be module test given every 2-3 weeks over the material covered in class. Students will look at the world from a creationist position, and all topics are presented in a way that shows God’s role in our everyday life. Because most experiments require simple, everyday items found around the house, a list of needed materials will be provided. Experiments involving more elaborate supplies will be done on camera for students to watch and to then write a lab report.

Course description and class content developed by Heather Getson for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

7th-grade-science

 

Required Supplies:

Exploring Creation with General Science by Dr. Jay Wile, ISBN: 1932012869.


8th Grade Physical Science

Instructor: Mrs. Heather Getson
Email: heathergetson@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: Recommended 8th grade
Min/Max#: 5/28
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: Junior High science credit
Tuition: $550
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This class is designed to provide a detailed introduction to the physical environment and basic laws that make it work. We will be studying topics such as the scientific method, earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Students will also cover weather, motion, Newton’s laws, gravity and solar system along with other great topics. There will be multiple hands-on experiments to complete throughout this course. Students will learn how to produce a top-quality lab report, building on skills as they go through out the semester. There will be module test given every 2-3 weeks over the material covered in class. Students will look at the world from a creationist position, and all topics are presented in a way that shows God’s role in our everyday life. Because most experiments require simple, everyday items found around the house, a list of needed materials will be provided. Experiments involving more elaborate supplies will be done on camera for students to watch and to then write a lab report.

Course description and class content developed by Heather Getson for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

8th-grade-science

 

Required Supplies:

Exploring Creation with Physical Science by Dr. Jay Wile, ISBN: 193201277X.


Pre-Biology

Instructor: Mrs. Debbie Stokes
Email: debbiestokes@excelsiorclasses.com
Time:
Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: Junior High School
Min/Max#: 18/28
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Pre-Biology is a great introduction to the vast field of biology.  Students will be introduced to most of the topics in biology and will explore these subjects in a fun and interactive way.  Some of the topics covered include characteristics of life, cells, genetics, cell reproduction, and looking at the diversity of lifeforms here on planet earth – everything from bacteria to plants and animals.  Students will also engage in several labs and small projects throughout the semester to put their learning into action!  Six quizzes will be given to allow students to demonstrate what they understand.  This is a great way for students to put into practice the successful skills of being engaged in class and studying.  Note packets will be provided for each unit covered.  Students will fill in the blanks in these note packets during our classes together as we travel through information.  This provides a nice way for students unfamiliar with taking notes to ease into the art of listening and taking notes on important topics.

Course description and class content developed by Debbie Stokes for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Science Shepherd Life Science by Dr. Scott Hardin (only the textbook)  ISBN 978-0982856833

Labs: The labs for this course will be supplied by teacher after course begins.  The majority of items needed for the labs can be found in your kitchen or easily picked up at a grocery store.  There may be a few items that will need to be purchased from a lab supply company.  These will be at a minimal cost and teacher will give further instructions for this once class begins.


Pre-Physics

Instructor: Mrs. Heather Getson
Email: heathergetson@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: GROUP 1: CLOSED
GROUP 2: Spring Semester, Tuesdays @ 10:00 AM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: Junior High School
Min/Max#: 5/28
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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This class is a great introduction to the concepts behind more complex physics.  Students begin with what matter is and how energy works.  Students will learn how atoms and molecules make up matter and the different states matter can take: solid, liquid, or gas.  When students engage in the unit discovering how things move, they will discuss forces and friction by building simple machines and roller coasters. They will learn about Newton’s Laws of Motion and why magnets behave the way they do.  Students will also put together a battery-powered circuit that shows how electricity works and powers a fan.  They will see the earth is a huge magnet with force fields and draw those field lines based on a magnet experiment.  There will be periodic quizzes (5) over the material in students’ books and in classes, giving most young scientists their first experience with quizzes.  This is a great introduction to physics and how God has made the things in our world to balance. Students will also learn about lab reports and how to take notes in class and when they are reading assignments.

Course description and class content developed by Heather Getson for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies: 

Exploring the World of Physics:  from Simple Machines to Nuclear Energy by John Hudson Tiner, ISBN: 0890514666


Intro to Airpower, Astronomy, & Space

Instructors: Gene Doremus (Lt Col, USAF retired)
Email: genedoremus@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: Junior High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: Junior High Science one-semester credit
Tuition: $275
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This is a prep course for three separate high school classes offered by Lt Col D. The idea is to whet your appetite for future study in Aviation History, Astronomy, and Exploring Space. Students will spend five weeks on each discipline. The Airpower portion introduces the basic principles of flight and history of airpower. The Astronomy portion gets students outside and looking up; sometimes with a compass and protractor, other times with a parent, pointing out stars and planets. The Space portion addresses issues NASA encounters in space and a short introduction to rocketry and getting into space. Throughout the course, there are readings, videos, hands-on activities, and in-text exercises to guide in the reinforcement of the classroom presentations.

Course description and class content developed by Gene Doremus for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Introduction to Airpower, Astronomy and Space Student Workbook. Purchase here: https://www.createspace.com/5718700 or at amazon: ISBN: 1517194334. This is a combination textbook/workbook. The textbook portion includes readings for the Airpower and Space portions. The workbook section covers the entire semester.

The New Astronomy Book by Danny R. Faulkner, ISBN: 978-0-89051-834-2


High School Science Courses


Classical Astronomy

Instructors: Gene Doremus (Lt Col, USAF retired)
Email: mailto:genedoremus@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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Astronomy is the oldest science. From the rising and setting of the sun; the changing appearance of the moon; constellations arriving in their season; etc… all have been observed and studied by ancient civilizations. Astronomy links us to Noah and Abraham and Solomon. Did you know ancient Egypt had accurately measured the year down to the hour? This course recaptures what nearly everyone knew before the modern age of artificial light and clocks and printed calendars.

The Astronomy lab is outside. Students have numerous sun, moon and stars observation assignments; sometimes measuring, sometimes plotting, sometimes just locating. Everything up there is on the move; we seek to discover what that movement is all about and how it impacts us.

This course includes a look at modern astronomical discoveries as well as Biblical and ancient references. It’s a survey course for the whole family.

Course description and class content developed by Gene Doremus for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Signs and Seasons by Jay Ryan, ISBN: 978-0-9792211-0-1; available through teacher
Astronomy Student Workbook, Purchase here – https://www.createspace.com/5500725
Farmers’ Almanac; available through teacher


Exploring Space: The Final Frontier

Instructors: Gene Doremus (Lt Col, USAF retired)
Email: genedoremus@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Spring Semester, Wednesdays at 12:00 PM ET
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 5/20
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: Normal
Suggested Credit: .5
Tuition: $275
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The final age of exploration is truly that of space! The Word declares that this is indeed His glory and His handiwork! In this course students analyze and explore this final frontier available to man. Why enter space? What are the benefits? What are the consequences? What are the dynamics involved in it, both scientific and political?

Students will come to understand manned and unmanned space flights including the framework and workings of spaceflight, the various vehicles used, the launching systems as well as flight mission systems and protocols. The first half of the course covers the history of the space program, particularly the space race with the former Soviet Union. The second half is an introduction to the science of orbits and propulsion. Pupils also examine the engineering aspects of current technology such as Nano, robotics and even the pioneering commercialization of mankind’s last frontier.

The classroom time for this course is small group oriented. Be prepared to work together with fellow classmates!

Course description and class content developed by Gene Doremus for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Supplies:
Exploring Space Textbook – Order information provided prior to first class session
Space Student Workbook – Purchase here – ttps://www.createspace.com/5914419
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions DVD 4-Disc SetOrder on Amazon


Biology

Instructor: Mrs. Debbie Stokes
Email: debbiestokes@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 18/28
Prerequisites: None
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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High school biology is a fascinating journey that will aid students in understanding what life is and how it works.  Whether it is looking into the microscopic world of DNA or the vast array of animals and how they interact on this planet, students will appreciate the great design of God as the author and creator of all life.  Fall semester is dedicated to microbiology and includes topics such as characteristics of life, biomolecules, cells, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, DNA, protein synthesis, and cell reproduction.  Spring semester will focus more on macrobiology and includes topics of evolution and creation, classification of organisms, and study of the kingdoms of life including bacteria, protista, fungi, plants, and animals.  Students will participate in labs throughout the year to further their understanding of topics.  Labs will include some virtual online labs as well as some hands-on labs done at home.  Students will also learn how to write a lab report and will turn in several of these lab reports throughout the year.  Students will be tested over approximately 9 units over the year.  For each unit presented fall semester, students will given a note packet specifically for that unit.  Students will complete note packets by coming to class and filling in missing information in the notes as it is presented by the teacher.  This allows students to be able to see what information is most important to know and to then concentrate on what is being taught while filling in some notes. This not only relieves the pressure of knowing what to write down and how to study for tests, but also provides a good experience for students learning how to take notes. By second semester, students will begin practicing taking notes on their own as the note packets become less complete and students are required to take more notes on their own.

Course description and class content developed by Debbie Stokes for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Science Shepherd Biology, 2nd Edition, by Dr. Scott Hardin, ISBH: 78-0982856840

Labs: The labs for this course will be supplied by teacher after course begins.  The majority of items needed for the labs can be found in your kitchen or easily picked up at a grocery store.  There may be a few items that will need to be purchased from a lab supply company.  These will be at a minimal cost and teacher will give further instructions for this once class begins.


Chemistry

Instructor: Mrs. Kerrie Childress
Email: kerriechildress@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Group 1: CLOSED
GROUP 2: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 15/28
Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra I highly suggested.
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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Students will explore the fundamental principles of chemistry which characterize the properties of matter and how it reacts.  Topics that are studied will increase awareness and understanding of the role of chemistry in everyday life.  This course emphasizes the atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, properties of gases, solutions, acid-base reactions and chemical thermodynamics.  The laboratory work will add in developing students reasoning power, the ability to apply chemical principles; as well as introduce students with chemical laboratory techniques.

Course description and class content developed by Kerrie Childress for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Modern Chemistry By Rinehart and Winston Holt | ISBN-13: 978-0030367861 | ISBN-10: 0030367867

The course lab manual will be supplied via PDF after the course begins. 

Laboratory Component:  Because this is a required lab science in most states, we will perform experiments on a weekly basis.  We will use a variety of virtual and hands-on experiments.  For the hands-on component, the majority of items can be found in your kitchen or at a local grocery or drug store.  Several items will need to be purchased from a Supply Company at a very minimal cost.


Human Anatomy & Physiology

Instructor: Mrs. Kerrie Childress
Email: kerriechildress@excelsiorclasses.com
Time: Group 1: CLOSED
(90 minutes – see School Calendar on FAQ)
Ages: High School Students
Min/Max#: 15/28
Prerequisites: General Biology
Homework Load: College Prep
Suggested Credit: 1
Tuition: $550
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Human Anatomy and Physiology is a fascinating study of the structure and function of the human body that God created.  This course will introduce the students to all eleven body systems by discussing not only what parts are involved in each system but also how these parts work together to make us who we are. Additional topics include body organization, homeostasis, cytology, and histology.  Students will gain knowledge through hands-on lab investigations and lab report writing.  Students will engage in activities that incorporate scientific reasoning, analysis and real-word application. One of the goals of this course is to prepare students with the skills necessary to be successful in future science classes in college.

Course description and class content developed by Kerrie Childress for exclusive use with Excelsior Classes.

Required Supplies:

Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology by Elaine N. Marieb, 10th edition.  ISBN-10: 0-13-249911-8.  The course lab manual will be supplied via PDF after the course begins.

Laboratory Component:  Because this is a college prep course, we will perform experiments throughout the course.  We will use a variety of virtual and hands-on experiments.  For the hands-on experiments, many items can be purchased at your local grocery or drug store.  Several items (3-4) will need to be purchased from a Biological Supply Company at a very minimal cost.

 

How to Register

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