Natural Sciences

The intricacies and complexities of life, the fascinating way in which our physical world functions, and the minute detail and molecular interaction of atoms both delight the human eye and draw the human soul to our God, the Creator of all.

No classical, Christian school program is complete without the immersion of the student in the scientific realm. For thousands of years, becoming familiar with the physical world and its function was as important as nourishing one’s soul and becoming familiar with the nature and character of God and the spiritual world. For centuries, some of the best theologians and philosophers were scientists and the best scientists were philosophers and theologians. The Scientific Method, rightly employed, is nothing more than keen observation of the physical world, interpretation of that data, and the application of principles formulated from the data–the same process used in sound Bible study. Integrating the art of observation, interpretation, and application, whether studying scripture or gravity, sharpens both the mind and soul. Using principles discussed in Schola world view classes, students will not just regurgitate science "facts" but learn to think critically while analyzing scientific principles. Whether your student is bound for college or the mission field of the work-a-day world, rightly applying scientific principles will enhance your student’s understanding of the character and thinking prevalent in our culture.

Middle School Science

Middle School Science classes meet on Tuesday (see schedule ), and include Life Science and Earth Science. The average student should plan to devote approximately 60 minutes per day including class time to science studies

Class Size
  • Minimum: 6
  • Maximum: 16
Tuition and Fees
Life Science
topics will include: Biblical Creation, classification, cells, microbiology, botany, zoology, life processes of organisms, genetics, biological evolution versus God's Creation, and the human body systems and anatomy. The classes include lecture/discussion and experiments, investigations and hands-on activities, which emphasize the scientific method, good lab procedures, and organizational skills (including note-taking and keeping an organized notebook). Homework will include reading the chapters and completing assigned exercises in the workbook, plus a small project each quarter.

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Prerequisite
  • No prerequisites for students entering at least the seventh grade.
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Earth Science
topics will include: Meteorology, Astronomy (our Solar System, Constellations, Space Exploration), Geology (Rocks and Minerals, Land Forms, Natural Processes), and Oceanography. The classes include lecture/discussion and experiments, investigations and hands-on activities, which emphasize the scientific method, good lab procedures, and organizational skills (including note-taking and keeping an organized notebook). Homework will include reading the chapters and completing assigned exercises in the workbook, plus a small project each quarter.
Prerequisite
  • No prerequisites for students entering at least the seventh grade.
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High School Science

High School Science classes meet on various days (see schedule ). The average student should plan to devote approximately 60 - 90 minutes per day including class time to science studies.

Class Size
  • Minimum: 6
  • Maximum: 22
Tuition and Fees
Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC) (also called Physical Science)
is a rigorous course that develops a comprehensive understanding of the nature and structure of matter and the characteristics of energy. Introductory topics in chemistry and physics include: problem solving in chemistry and physics; matter and its properties; chemistry substances, compounds, and chemical reactions; forces and Newton's Laws of Motion; types of energy; laws of thermodynamics; light and sound; electricity and magnetism; order and design in nature. This course is foundational to further high school science study as basic molecular and physical principles, which will be expanded in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, are discussed.

In-class labs enhance and demonstrate topics taught in the textbook. In addition, in-class engineering projects bring relevance and creativity to material covered in the textbook. Such projects include the design of a catapult when studying simple machines (levers); an electronic game, when studying electricity and magnetism; a Popsicle bomb when studying kinetic energy etc.

Mastery is the focus of this course, and occurs when students are engaged with the content, reading and applying it frequently. Class discussion, group study, review discussions, review computations, and enrichment activities all help students to achieve mastery.

Math reflects the way that science is actually implemented, and, as such, the student is expected to use basic algebra skills in order to solve problems in the text such as, “At the hummingbird’s acceleration of 29/m/s [squared], how fast will the bird be going in 250ms? State your answer in m/s” (p. 219). Parental assistance in completing the assignments is required if the student’s algebra skills are weak.

Per Cathy Duffy’s review , “At least 28 private schools are already using this course, which should give you some assurance as to its quality since the text was only recently published in 2013."

Note: In the state of Texas, the Recommended High School Program for college-bound students allows IPC with lab to count as the fourth science IF it is taken BEFORE Chemistry and Physics (now required for all graduating students under both the recommended and distinguished programs). Thus IPC could be taken before or AFTER Biology but before Chemistry and Physics. Check admissions requirements for specific colleges and universities.

Prerequisite
  • Students must be thirteen years of age by September 1st.
  • Successful completion of or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1. This course is a freshman level high school science course, and, as a result, it requires the frequent use of algebra. A student who is concurrently enrolled in Algebra 1 may find the math in IPC challenging.
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Biology
as the root of the name states, is the study of life. Heavily emphasizing the vocabulary of biology, students explore the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, dissection, and ecosystems, as well as survey the five kingdoms in Creation. Evolution is presented for students to understand the modern interpretation of the "theory" and critically explore its "truths" and "fictions" in order to better address our cultures’ one-sided understanding.
Prerequisite
  • IPC strongly recommended
  • Concurrent enrollment in or completion of Algebra 1
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Chemistry
continues the study of molecular processes begun in IPC further exploring the atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, reactions, solutions, significant figures, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, and the gas laws from both a common, everyday-use standpoint and a more advanced science-utilization standpoint. This course is both practical and preparatory for college science studies. Free instructor-lead tutoring for Schola Chemistry students is provided every Thursday at 2:00 PM at Schola. Tutoring attendance is not required but offered for the benefit of student understanding of the material.
Prerequisite
  • IPC
  • Completion of Algebra 1
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Physics
continues the study of the nature and structure of matter, the character of energy, and the physical laws of the universe begun in IPC and chemistry. Comprehensive coverage of the methodology and concepts of General Physics is explored. Topics include detailed vector analysis, one and two dimensional motion, circular motion and gravity, the application of Newton’s Laws, work and energy, momentum, Hooke’s Law and periodic motion, waves, optics, Coulomb’s Law and the electric field, electric circuits, and magnetism. Appropriate labs will be conducted with each topic covered. This course is an excellent preparation for university level physics.
Prerequisite
  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2 or concurrent enrollment
  • Biology and Chemistry recommended
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Anatomy & Physiology
covers Human Anatomy & Physiology from a Creationist standpoint to magnify the Lord by seeing the marvelous intricacies of the Human Body. Practical applications for health and nutrition will be discussed as the course allows.
Prerequisite
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
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