Apologia curriculum - Exploring Creation with Biology, 2nd Edition
PURCHASE: Book set (text + solutions manual) & companion CD; PLUS Items on Supply List
2017-2018: This is one of the toughest courses you will love. It is a college and work force preparatory class that is formatted to train students accordingly. The course is set up to help teach students how to learn and how to study. The work is demanding, but not only does the student learn, the lab is designed to foster teamwork and class unity.
TIME COMMITMENT: This course is challenging. Per text – 45 to one hour per school day; however, it can vary greatly for each individual student. This is one of the many things addressed at our Orientation.
A higher level of accountability is now incorporated into the course. To maintain enrollment, students must follow through on weekly assignments. A vital component of the course grade evaluation is following instructions and keeping work organized.
It begins at the required Student & Parent Orientation. Due to all classes at TTC having Orientation Week the week prior to classes starting, our orientation is two weeks prior.
FYI - Our orientation time is 2.5 hours and the time slot during TTC Orientation Week is less, so ours has to be at a different time.
There are 16 modules, which translate into 32 weeks of work to cover in 30 weeks, so students have a reading and work assignment to complete prior to our first class in the Fall as well as in the Spring semester.
Students are given an outline of course work required to complete as school work, which includes the student correcting and grading work that is turned in for review. The course no longer requires participation in an approved science fair; however, it is strongly recommended and encouraged. I truly feel the fair prepares students in a way no other experience can, everything from time management, research, visual presentation, to the incredible experience of having 3 dads listen to your every word during the interview process. The fair will be discussed and help rendered to any who participate. Another vital component is the student’s notebook where all of the course work is to be filed weekly.
Notebooks are a major part of the course. Advice – Do not get behind!
The focus is mastery of the subject and the best way to learn is to do; therefore the course incorporates 7 projects that are used for test scores. The grading system for each project is given in advance. These projects include 3 3-D presentations covering a cell, ecosystem, and insect, 1 project enables students to engage in a round-table discussion on evolution with specific parameters, 2 are labs in the text that are completed at home, with one presented in class and one turned in, and the last 1 is a perch dissection. The first project is due at the end of the first semester.
Pertaining to the labs, some common items to assist in the experiments will be required to bring to class. Also, one experiment is performed off campus at a pond, location to be announced. The text heavily emphasizes vocabulary and provides a strong background in the scientific method, the five-kingdom classification scheme, microscopy, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, dissection, and ecosystems and provides a complete survey of the five kingdoms in Creation.
Schoology is the platform used for assignments and communication between the teacher and student, so access to a computer and printer are essential to this class.
Looking forward to our exciting adventure as we do this together!
Class size: Min. 8 students, max. 14.
Tuition: Due on the 1st, $55/month for 10 months +
Lab Fee: $30 lab fee per semester, due July 1st & January 1st.
Late Fee: Payment is late after the 10th; $10 late fee charged.
Payment Mailing Address: 7327 Root Rd, Spring, TX 77389 (Made out to Karen Garza)
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9th-12th, college preparatory - 2.5 hours
Tuesdays, TTC, Conroe campus, 9:00 - 11:30 am
Wednesdays, TTC, 1488 campus, 12:30 - 3:00 pm
NOTE: Please, no 8th graders. You may contact the teacher for further information.
There is a required Student & Parent Orientation two weeks prior to class beginning. The specific date is on the calendar on the Registration Packet. Please mark your calendars accordingly and get the date set aside for your family.
A reminder will be sent out in August.
It is typically held at the same time the class is scheduled and typically the same location. For this class it takes the place of the “TTC Back to School” that is the week prior to classes beginning.
The orientation is to overview what is required for the year & to enable students to get their first assignment as well as meet their fellow lab students & set up their notebooks prior to class beginning.
This critical meeting establishes the student’s school year & the parents’ role in it.