Lois, if your state wants four years of science, why don't you branch out a bit? Go for geology, astronomy, ornithology, or something like that? You don't have to go the textbook route :-) Check with hometrainingtools.com for ideas.
At a recent home school conference/book fair, the lady working the Apologia booth told me you can count 8th grade physical science as a high school credit IF they did the experiments. When I was in high school, biology was a sophomore class and earth science was for freshmen. I'm still deciding whether to count PS for my daughter. She's still trying to finish Algebra I, which is a prerequisite for chemistry. TX requires 4 years of both math and science. I think that's a lot, particularly if the student isn't going into engineering or something requiring advanced courses. I personally think both the general and physical sciences are more than grade level! Of course, I am a non-science person.
Right - and there are different levels of science classes in other schools, from AP to remedial. As homeschoolers, we can also provide material that is at the level of our children.
Bob Jones curriculum lists their Physical science for 9th grade, and NARHS says that Apologia's physical science is difficult enough for high school credit.
It's certainly not right for everyone to give General/Physical science a high school credit. On the other hand, I can image situations where that's an appropriate level of science for a struggling student that is high school age. In a public school, any class a student takes at high school age gets put on the high school transcript. ANY class - even if it is remedial.
In Ohio physical science is REQUIRED for Ohio public school students. It isn't a requirement for homeschool students. That being said, colleges in Ohio are expecting to see that on a transcript. I'm not saying that they would turn down a student who didn't have physical science but I think it always pays to be "thinking ahead" and seeing what state and/or school requirements are where you are considering sending your child.
I agree with Debra. My 7th grader just completed General Science. It is recommended for 7th grade and is definitely on grade level.
I think giving high school credit for General or Physical Science would be a stretch... Physical maybe. General, it would need to be seriously supplemented.
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