MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE COURSES FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



Does the full course CD-ROM available for your middle school and some high school science courses read the material to the student?

No, but there are programs that you can download that will allow you to select text on the computer and have it read to you. In addition, keep in mind that our course MP3 audio CDs do read the course content to you, minus the experiments, figures and tables, and end-of-module questions.



Can the first edition of your science books be used with the second edition audio?

No, new editions of textbook and all associated CD products are different from earlier editions.



How much algebra is needed for chemistry?

To be successful in our homeschool chemistry course, a student needs to be proficient at using algebraic equations to solve for an unknown variable. Typically, this proficiency is achieved by the time a student has completed one year of an algebra course. Pre-algebra does not qualify as fulfilling this prerequisite.



What course should I use for my homeschool student?

See this high school science course sequencing information. Also, here are a couple of additional guidelines: You know your student and his/her abilities best. Our courses do not have science prerequisites until you reach advanced courses. It’s okay to start right in with Biology, Chemistry, or Physics if your student is ready for that course. As always, we’re happy to discuss your individual situation with you and make a recommendation for course placement.



What books and equipment will I need?

Our middle school and high school homeschool science courses (General Science and up) come as two-book sets that include a hardcover student text and a softcover solutions-and-tests manual. The course price includes both books. We also recommend you purchase the companion student notebook, where available. Lab equipment comprises household items or a pre-selected set that you purchase.



Will your homeschool high school science courses prepare my student for CLEP and AP tests?

Many students who’ve completed Apologia advanced science courses such as The Human Body, Advanced Chemistry, and Advanced Physics have successfully passed AP and CLEP testing to receive college credit. We recommend that any student preparing for CLEP or AP tests use available study guides to help them review the specific test materials.



How much should my student do each day in your secondary courses?

Many students find the following program works for them: Each middle school and high school science book includes 16 modules. If you work through each module in two weeks, you will complete the course in 32 weeks, which fits nicely into a typical school year. To break it down further, if you do science every day for five weekdays, you will have ten work days available every two weeks. Do the reading, the “on your own” problems, and experiments the first seven days, then review and do the study guide (review questions + practice problems) on days eight and nine, and take the test on day ten.


Remember, in your homeschool planning be prepared to flex this schedule, when necessary, to work on harder concepts, review problem areas, or to move faster through the curriculum. Remember, it’s okay to do it differently—that’s the beauty of homeschooling! Also, each of our student notebooks includes a suggested daily schedule that students can use to track their progress.



Do I have to do the lab experiments?

Laboratory experiments, properly done, help to reinforce concepts learned through reading and enrich your child’s experience with their science course. They are also especially helpful for the student who learns best by doing. However, they are not absolutely necessary. Scientific concepts can be learned without doing labs at this level of learning. On the other hand, students who intend to go to college will need the lab credits for college admission. Once again, this is one of the perks of homeschooling—you decide what is best for your student. We have included labs designed specifically so that you can do them at home with minimal equipment, and they are written to make them easy to do or even skip, if you so choose.



I don’t know anything about chemistry (or physics or biology). How can I possibly do high school science with my student in our homeschool?

We wrote this curriculum just for you, your student, and your homeschool. It is designed with the idea that the student is pretty much on his or her own with the course. This means that all of the explanation a teacher would normally give orally in class has been included in the book, step by step. This is why each of our homeschool courses are written conversationally, to make the student feel like someone is speaking directly to him or her. If you want to work with the student and work through the course too, that’s great.



We have additional and optional homeschool books and resources available to help your homeschool student, including video instruction DVDs and Apologia Online Academy’s live online classrooms.