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Jennifer in VA
04-06-2014, 03:27 PM
Hi all,

What sciences have you had your high schoolers take?

Think I took an earth science, biology, and physics while in public school. Know the requirements have changed, for college entrance, and will look into that soon. Had hoped to find an earth science, but the only ones I am finding are over $200.00. Not quite in the budget, even for two kids!

Any suggestions?

Hollie in SC
04-06-2014, 07:20 PM
In our area:
9th Physical Science
10th Biology
11th Chemistry
12th Physics

The important thing for our area is having at least 3 laboratory science classes. 4 is preferred.

We started a year ealry (like I did when I was in school decades ago :lol: ) and took Physical Science through a co-op for 8th. he is taking Biology through the same co-op this year. I adore farming out the science labs! Apologia for Physical Science and Biology. Eli is taking an honors chem class next year offered by a dad in our support group. He is a chem professor at Clemson and is offering a class for high school.

My friend who lives close to you had her son take Earth Science last year. I'll see if I can find out what she used.

Julie in AZ
04-06-2014, 08:16 PM
We're similar to Holly here. My ds studied physical science in 7th and 8th.
9th Biology
10th Chemistry
11th Physics
12th Anatomy? I think everyone should study this.

Laura JL
04-06-2014, 10:30 PM
Our oldest was a ps kid and he had Honors Physical Science, Honors Environmental Science, Honors Bio, Honors Chem and AP Chem -- seems like there was another one in there that different than the usual track as well, but I don't remember the title. He chose not to take Physics.

DD has had Physical Science and we added in some environmental science for an honors credit utilizing a WinterPromise program. She's also had Bio, Chemistry and even though her Bio text covered Anatomy we've hit it in more depth this year and did a full Anatomy course.

Next ds did Physical Sci in 8th, Bio this year and will do Chemistry in 10th - trying to decide if he'll do Physics at home or move onto Dual Enrollment courses.

For Earth Science have you looked at
http://www.ck12.org/earth-science/
http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/find-by-topic/#cat=science
http://education-portal.com/academy/course/natural-sciences-course.html
http://www.onlinehighschooldiplomaprogram.com/earth_science.html
http://oyc.yale.edu/geology-and-geophysics/gg-140

Heather W
04-07-2014, 10:05 AM
We use cK-12 as well.

My 15yo is doing biology, chemistry, physics, and likely an earth/environmental science.

Jennifer in VA
04-07-2014, 05:52 PM
Thanks eveyone! He is the one with all the glitches, so for a while it has been the basics and therapy. Science kind of fell by the way side (except 7th when he took it at co-op). Try to find a non lab class but am not adverse to it either. Still juggling a lot of whats and whens. At least Math is straight forward!

Leslie Nelsen
04-07-2014, 07:50 PM
Hi Jennifer,

We have varied depending on the child and their interests.

Oldest: Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Marine Biology (He really loved Biology, can't you tell?)
2nd: Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

One curriculum you might want to consider is one that I'm going to try this year with my boys that look to be about the same ages as yours. It looks fun and hands-on. http://www.explorationeducation.com/

Cheryl in CA
04-08-2014, 10:52 AM
My oldest kids have varied as well. Another thing that can affect when they can take things will be math, because some of the upper level science courses have math prerequisites, so I'll include math below too.

DS #1
9th Biology - Algebra 1
10th Chemistry - Algebra 2
11th Anatomy - Geometry
12th none - Consumer Math

DS#2
8th Biology (won't be on his transcript but wanted to show that he didn't skip it) - Algebra 1
9th Chemistry - Algebra 2
10th Anatomy - Geometry
11th Marine Biology - Pre-Calculus
12th Physics - Calculus