Biology

Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: Grades 9–11; 12th graders welcome (see placement details below)
Schedule: 3x / week, 60–75 min.
Price: $695.00

Course Section
Section 1:
M/W/F 2:00 p.m. ET with Mrs. Borowiec

New Placement Process: Click to Read
To help ensure students enroll in the correct course levels, Scholé Academy requires most students to complete placement evaluations. Placement evaluations are only provided to students after the corresponding course registration has been completed. The following students will be required to submit placement evaluations: 
  • students who are new to Scholé Academy
  • students who have not completed the previous course level at Scholé Academy
  • students who have not completed the designated prerequisites
  • students who need to demonstrate skills and proficiency necessary for course success 
First, read the available course descriptions, noting prerequisites, target grades, and course objectives. If you think your student is prepared for the course, go ahead and register. After registration, a placement assessment may be provided to students, depending on the course and the student’s previous enrollment with Scholé Academy. Parents are encouraged to connect with the Assistant to the Principal and/or with the course instructor to make the best enrollment decision for their student. 
 
Registration is not finalized until the student’s placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.
 
There is a $75 deposit built into the cost of each course. 
  • If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
  • If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
After May 1, withdrawals are granted a full course refund, less the $75 deposit. Students may withdraw from a course through the second week of classes. After the second week of classes, no refund is given.

“O Lord, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions.” —Psalm 104:24 (NASB)

Throughout the book of Psalms, we are reminded that God’s majesty is on display through His creation. In Scholé Academy’s biology course, we will study His living creation and thereby learn more about our Creator. This course is designed for students in grades 9–11 as an introductory course in biology and as a preparation for future study in college biology courses. We will focus on the study of living things, surveying all 5 kingdoms (Monera, Protista, Fungi, Plantae, and Animalia), and include other topics such as introductory biochemistry, cellular structure and function, genetics and heredity, and the creation/evolution debate. In studying living things, we will not simply describe organisms in isolation from one another. Instead, we will use the 5 common topics of invention (comparison, definition, circumstance, relation, testimony) to learn how one organism compares to and/or interacts with another in form, pattern, composition, or purpose. In addition, we will explore a variety of questions including but not limited to, “What is life? What makes something a living being? What kind of order is present in God’s creation? What is science and what role has it played throughout history? What role should it play now?”

Students of Scholé Academy’s biology course will be expected to actively participate in learning through independent study, discussion, and laboratory experimentation. This course contains a substantial laboratory component, in which students will learn basic microscopy and dissection, employ the scientific method, and learn to write a formal lab report. Most laboratory exercises will take place during classroom time and will be instructor-led. At times, for labs that require multiple days, students will need to complete some laboratory preparation at home prior to class.

Note: Our textbook devotes an entire module (1 of 16) to the creation/evolution debate. Students will be presented with primary arguments on all sides of this debate, including the variety of perspectives held by those supporting creation. We believe that the study of God’s design in creation, as well as an in-depth discussion of this debate, will prepare students to articulate and defend their views in both college and beyond.

High School Credit: This course is the equivalent of one high school credit in laboratory science.

 

At Scholé Academy, we have carefully considered how we should engage our contemporary culture as those who believe that Christ is the Truth (John 14:6), and that all truth has its source in him. We think it is important to provide our upper school students (in grades 7-12) with tools and opportunities for critically examining various cultural trends, issues and mores through the lens of orthodox, Christian beliefs. Being confident in the truth revealed to us in creation, the Scriptures, and the tradition of the church, we are not afraid to follow the truth and its implications nor to address error and falsehood. … Read more about our Faith & Culture.

Sample Materials: This is a sample of the kinds of materials that will be required for this class, but the final list has not been determined yet.

 

Optional Materials:
It is preferred but not required that students have their own microscope and slide kit for labs.

 

 *Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.

Sarabeth Borowiec graduated from Grove City College with a B.S. in Molecular Biology. At Grove City College, she participated in research involving sequencing mitochondrial DNA. During an internship at the University of Pittsburgh, she studied the impact of select heavy metals on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of cells in the respiratory system. She has classically educated her daughters at home for the past five years, and has taught a variety of classes for homeschooled students including writing, knitting, and Latin. She is excited to share her love of the intricacies found in the context of biology with the students of Scholé Academy. Her desire is that her students will not only deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world around them, but also that they will integrate that learning throughout their lives that they might act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. sborowiec@scholeacademy.com

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

 

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

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