Apologia Science for Elementary, Middle, and High School 

Apologia Homeschool Science Is All About Helping Students Reach Their Full Potential 

 Your curriculum choices should reflect why you choose to homeschool so that your educational picks help you achieve your family’s goals. Apologia would be honored to be a part of your family’s journey.

We provide K-12th grade creation-based science curriculum that helps support you as you shape your children’s minds, hearts, and souls. We strive to promote strong family bonds by encouraging an atmosphere of learning together. We understand that the outcome of a student’s studies is determined from the beginning by the curriculum we choose and know that how we fill our child’s heart and mind will determine the type of person they will become. Right from the start, the tone in our creation-based science courses lets students know that they are going to study science as a tool to help them understand not only creation, but also their unique place in all of the created universe. 

Whether it’s the elementary years, the transition years of middle school, or the college prep high school years, we have materials designed to help you successfully navigate science. At Apologia, we’ve asked ourselves, “What makes a successful science curriculum?” Here are three things we consider important while developing our award-winning K-12th grade science courses:

  1. Because science in an intellectual activity based on fact, a good science textbook needs to be factually correct and current. Students should be age-appropriately challenged to think critically, as well as analyze and question data. Apologia textbooks are not only written by experts in the scientific field, but they are also technically edited by scientific and medical professionals. In addition, Apologia textbooks give your family access to a unique website with links that connect your students with the most up-to-date information from the scientific community. 
  2. A solid science curriculum should have a hands-on experimental component that is easily performed in a homeschool setting. Textbooks are necessary to help students acquire scientific fact, yet it is essential for students to actively participate in the scientific process of discovery to gain a personal awareness of their world. Scientific experiments help students link collections of facts to their natural world.  
  3. A successful science course is trusted in the homeschool communityReviews and awards are an important part of not only evaluating a science curriculum but also in creating one. The homeschool community knows what works and what doesn’t work in a home setting. Apologia continually does research to know what you need to successfully develop a love of science in your student. We’re proud of the continuing efforts we make to work with homeschooling families to best fit their needs. And we’ve been successful; Apologia Science is #1 for science in the homeschool community and has been so for over eleven years. 

With Apologia Science, students truly grow to love and understand all that creation has to offer by recognizing God’s signature throughout all creation. We focus on the joy of learning through human curiosity while maintaining and building upon a strong connection between the parent, student, and God.

Browse Course Samples

View a sample of each Apologia science course below.  Samples may include the Table of Contents, student textbook pages, pages from the corresponding notebook, and audio samples (where applicable).  Click on the grade level of interest or scroll down to view all selections.

 Apologia science for elementary School

Keeping a scientific notebook has always been a standard scientific practice throughout history, and Apologia has created age-appropriate notebooking journals for your elementary students. These journals are personal places where students can record experiences, observations, and thoughts. They actively engage students in the scientific process and add to the textbook content. There are vocabulary word puzzles, scripture copy work pages, coloring pages, and hands-on lapbook-like activities to make learning science fun and engaging.  

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Anatomy & Physiology

From head to toe, Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology is a personal encounter with God’s design for the human body. 

Astronomy

Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition, launches your child’s mind on an educational journey to explore God’s incredible universe.

Botany

Exploring Creation with Botany cultivates an appreciation for nature with a study of the many different kinds of plants and how God designed plants to thrive.

Chemistry & Physics

With Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics, will introduce your child to the properties of matter and the basic building blocks of life.  

Zoology 1

Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day lets your child’s imagination soar with this fascinating study of birds, bats, and flying insects.

Zoology 2

Exploring Creation with Zoology: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day makes a splash! Covering creatures from the microscopic to the massive, no reef is left unexplored! 

Zoology 3

Exploring Creation with Zoology 3: Land Animals of the Sixth Day takes your child on a safari through jungles, deserts, forests, and farms.

This is a great curriculum for large families with multiple grade levels. We have seven kids. I use Apologia as a group study with my kindergartener, 2nd, 4th and 5th grader. My preschooler listens in and can rattle off just as many cool facts about bugs and birds as his siblings. My seventh grader is doing General Science, and I’m happy with how much she is learning.

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Middle School

 

At Apologia, we call the 2 short years of 7th and 8th grades in middle school the transition years because young scientists are transitioning from elementary science into the high school science stage. It is during these years that students begin to learn more independence and taking responsibility for their work. And with Apologia’s junior high curriculum, young students who were walked step-by-step through their elementary curriculum are now instructed in applying independent learning techniques. 

In the elementary years, suggested daily schedules were provided for the parent. In middle school, suggested daily schedules are found in the student notebook so that students know exactly what is assigned. The first step toward independence is knowing what to do and when to do it. daily schedule gives students the independence to work on their own (and Mom more free time). Students check each day as done when their work is finished, and parents can easily track their student’s progress. 

Our student notebooks guide students with their notetaking so that they can become more structured, logical, factual, and most importantly, independent. We use colorful graphics to show the students what materials are important and actively participate with your student as they learn note-taking skills. 

Perhaps most importantly, Apologia notebooks provide experimental lab report templates for each experiment listed in the textbook. Templates progress from step-by-step instruction to full student independence. Apologia Science was designed with your homeschooling family in mind, and we work hard to ensure that every step has been thought out for you. 

While there were no exams in the elementary years, in middle school, students build confidence in showing their knowledge through testing. But because test taking is a learned skill, we walk them through that process as well. In our 7th grade title, Exploring Creation with General Science, we specifically created the curriculum with open book exams for the first few modules so that students are slowly introduced to exams and learn how to study and prepare. 

And because junior high school students aren’t just transitioning out of elementary science but also into more challenging courses during high school, it is important that your middle school student understand the history of science and how to use the scientific method to design and execute experiments. You can trust that your 7th-grade student will be peacefully transitioned out of elementary grades and that your 8th-grade student will be well prepared for rigorous high school science. 

 Our curriculum also keeps the parent as the ultimate teacher.  We make it easy on you by giving you not just the answer to the questions, but also detailed reasons why those answers are correct.  You will find that whenever Apologia gives an answer, the answer itself is always in a bold blue font, but the explanation for that answer could be as long as a paragraph. We never make you or your student do more work than is necessary. 

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General Science

Exploring Creation with General Science covers a wide range of the branches of science while making the connections between each. Students will learn what science is and how to utilize the proper scientific method

Physical Science

Exploring Creation with Physical Science is the last science course before high school. Topics covered include:  the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, weather, Earth, the physics of motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, and astrophysics.

apologia science for

High School 

 

Apologia wants your high school students to enjoy science.  Actually, we want them to be fascinated by it, totally in awe of God’s creation. And so, we designed our high school curriculum to not only help your student acquire logical, life-applicable skills gained from this intellectual activity that is based on observation, research, and experimentation, but also to recognize that these skills don’t stop when a textbook is closed. Skills that teach logic, observation, and inquiry extend into everyday life circumstances; students grasp that their lives are also meant to be structured and purposeful.  

Studying science also teaches students that there is order in our universe, and once they start to understand that order, science will not be a class, but rather a means to understanding everything about them. The homeschool high school science courses designed by Apologia are there to help your students understand, evaluate, and participate in the discoveries that occur during their lifetime, ultimately becoming competent adults capable of making wise decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.  

Apologia high school science is specifically and methodically designed so that when your student graduates from your homeschool high school they should be: 

  •  Asking questions and defining problems 
  • Developing and using models 
  • Planning and carrying out investigations 
  • Analyzing and interpreting data 
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking 
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions 
  • Engaging in argument from evidence 
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information 

SCHEDULING – IT’S ALL DONE FOR YOU 

The suggested schedule found in every student notebook allows students to complete an entire textbook, experiments and all, in approximately two weeks of work per module. Families should review the schedule and modify it to fit their needs as necessary. Students check off each day when the assigned work is completed as a way of recording their progress. At a glance, parents can easily see their student’s advancement.  

ON YOUR OWN – INDEPENDENT STUDYING 

All Apologia textbooks and notebooks are written to students in a conversational tone so that young people can easily navigate through the curriculum on their own. As they engage in a conversation with science, they become confident to not only speak about scientific subjects but also understand the science happening in their world. Apologia science curriculum helps students methodically learn, self-check, and master difficult concepts before moving on. There is no skimming over the reading materials only to find gaps in comprehension during a test.  

HANDS-ON/MINDS-ON  EXPERIMENTS 

Students of all ages are full of “why” and “wow.” They’re fun to watch when something has caught their attention. You can almost see their world expand as they build on the knowledge about the world in which they live. Apologia science is designed to have the hands-on experimental component that is easily performed in a homeschool setting. While textbooks are necessary to help students acquire scientific facts, it is essential for students to actively participate in the scientific process of discovery to gain a personal awareness of their world. 

Apologia Science textbooks have two types of experiments: 

  • Controlled experiments teach students about formulating a hypothesis and data collection. 
  • Descriptive experiments, such as microscopy work, field studies, and dissections teach students about qualitative observations. 

All experiments teach students how to collect and analyze data, both scientific and mathematical, to formulate a hypothesis based on inductive and deductive problem-solving skills, and to understand the limitations of data and conclusions. Every student notebook has dedicated pages for lab reports. These templates help students write complete lab reports using the scientific method.  

 

STUDYING FOR EXAMS – A GUIDED PROCESS 

After spending some time reviewing their notes, students are prepared to complete a Study Guide found after every module in order to prepare for their exams. Students are instructed to attempt to answer every question without referring back to any notes. They then analyze how far they got. If they were able to complete the Study Guide successfully, they should move on to their exam. If there are areas that students can not complete, they should first use their notes to complete unfinished sections. If their notes are not sufficient to answer the remaining Study Guide questions, they learn that they need to take more detailed notes in the future. Ultimately, students can refer back to the textbook to find the answers. This process of knowledge first, notes second, and restudy third helps students to learn good notetaking and study habits.  

 

EXAMS – APPLYING LEARNED KNOWLEDGE 

Students will take an exam after each module. These exams should be considered closed book exams which means that students should be given the exam and tested on their knowledge without the aid of their textbooks or notebooks. Apologia recommends that student exams be graded by a parent. The answers to the exams can be found in the Solutions Manual. We also recommend that parents give the graded exam back to the student and permit the student to use notes and textbook to correct any incorrect answer. Half credit can be given for these responses once they are corrected properly. We recommend this technique so that students learn from their mistakes. There is no purpose to moving on if understanding is lacking. Apologia high school science is rigorous and considered to be college preparatory. We will be with your students every step of the way, ensuring their success.  

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Biology

Exploring Creation with Biology provides the student with an understanding of the basic biological world that surrounds them each day of their lives so that they can appreciate the real-world relevance of scientific inquiry. 

Chemistry

Exploring Creation with Chemistry provides the student with a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general chemistry, as well as a multitude of lab experiments that develop the concepts further.  

Physics

Exploring Creation with Physics is an award-winning college prep course that covers one and two-dimensional motion, Newton’s laws, work and energy, electricity, magnetism, momentum, and much more!

Health & Nutrition

Exploring Creation with Health and Nutrition explores the physical, social, mental, and spiritual concepts that are needed for a healthy lifestyle.  Includes detailed illustrations, photos, explanations, and enhanced readability.

Marine Biology

Exploring Creation with Marine Biology  explores the amazing life forms that live on the shorelines and deep in the ocean depths. This is one of the few courses available to the homeschool community that includes marine ecology.  

Advanced Biology

Exploring Creation with Advanced Biology: The Human Body provides students with a greater understanding of how they are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image.  This course also covers anatomy and physiology.

Advanced Chemisty

Exploring Creation with Advanced Chemistry covers discussions of stoichiometry (with limiting reactants), thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, orbital hybridization, molecular orbitals, molecular geometry, chemical equilibrium, and nuclear chemistry. 

Advanced Physics

Exploring Creation with Advanced Physics covers kinematics, dynamics, rotational motion, gravity, oscillations, waves, optics, thermal physics, electrical forces, electrical potential, DC circuits, magnetic forces, atomic physics, and nuclear physics.  Special relativity and general relativity are also covered.

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