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What Should I Use for Homeschool High School Science?

I'm a huge fan of Apologia sciences!  I believe it's wonderful college preparation, and that their Biology, Chemistry, and Physics can provide the highest quality college prep education.

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On the other hand, I have heard mixed results from their General Science and Physical Science curriculum.  These are recent additions to Apologia, actually.  Years ago, they only provided Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Prior to that, the author Jay Wile recommended using unit studies to encourage the love of science in middle school.  He suggested saving textbooks for high school.

Home school lab sciences can mean almost anything.  There is no true definition of what a lab science is.  You can read more about the definition of a lab science in this blog post

Lab science equipment can be purchased from many sources.  Most often I recommend purchasing the Sonlight science kits; Apologia Biology with everything you need for experiments Or  www.hometrainingtools.com

We did our labs at home, using materials from Sonlight, HomeTrainingTools, and Apologia.  My children were well prepared for college, and both earned "As" in their first year of college sciences.  I really do think that homeschooling science labs can give a great foundation!

Although you can use General Science and Physical Science for high school credit when taken at high school age, I do not recommend giving high school credit when the courses are done during middle school.

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Comments 9

Guest - Lee (website) on Saturday, 22 May 2010 16:23

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.
Blessings,
Lee

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. Blessings, Lee
Guest - Lois on Saturday, 22 May 2010 16:13

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.

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.
Guest - Lee (website) on Saturday, 22 May 2010 07:19

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.
Blessings,
Lee

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. Blessings, Lee
Guest - Laura on Friday, 21 May 2010 16:10

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.

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.
Guest - Lee (website) on Friday, 21 May 2010 06:11

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.
Blessings,
Lee

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. Blessings, Lee
Guest - Cassie on Thursday, 20 May 2010 19:49

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.

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.
Guest - Bev on Thursday, 20 May 2010 17:28

I agree with Debra. My 7th grader just completed General Science. It is recommended for 7th grade and is definitely on grade level.

I agree with Debra. My 7th grader just completed General Science. It is recommended for 7th grade and is definitely on grade level.
Guest - Debra (website) on Thursday, 20 May 2010 06:13

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.

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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