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Award-winning, Creation-Based High School Homeschool Biology Curriculum

Our high school biology courses are designed to be your high school student’s first science course. As an award-winning homeschool biology curriculum, it sets the stage for success during high school years and prepares them for college-level courses.

Students can appreciate the real-world relevance of scientific inquiry by understanding the basic biological world that surrounds them daily. This comprehensive high school biology curriculum aims to equip students with essential knowledge and skills for life, not just for an academic year. Our goal is to ensure that their homeschool biology education fosters a deep understanding and appreciation of biology, paving the way for future academic and personal achievements.

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This full and complete overview of biology provides students with all they need to know about the biological sciences in preparation for the ACT and any biology courses they may take at the college level. Just some of the topics students will study in this course include cell structure and function, DNA, evolution, plant diversity and reproduction, and invertebrates and chordates. Our self-paced high school biology courses are well-received because they are adaptable to go at a pace your child and their learning style is comfortable with.

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What is Included in Apologia High School Biology Curriculum?

Apologia’s high school biology curriculum includes:

  • A heavy emphasis on the vocabulary of biology so that students are properly prepared to have scientific discussions
  • A strong background in the scientific method so that students are trained for laboratory sciences in other high school science courses, as well as university studies
  • Labs that cover experimentation, field studies, microscopy, and dissection
  • Introduction to classification, biochemistry, cellular biology, molecular and Mendelian genetics, evolution, ecosystems, and much more.
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What is the Format of Homeschool High School Biology?

  • Written Directly to the Student

    Because our texts are written in a conversational tone, the textbook is the expert in interacting with the student. There are no teacher manuals required in this homeschool biology curriculum. 

  • Flexible Daily Schedule Provided

    Our high school biology curriculum makes it easy for you and your student to plan out their daily learning. A flexible daily schedule is provided in your students’ notebooks so that they can independently work on their science assignments.

    A typical week requires studying science about 1 hour a day for 5 days. During this time, students read an assigned portion of their Biology textbook, stopping throughout each section to answer “On Your Own” questions to test their comprehension before moving forward. Students self-check their answers against the detailed answers provided at the end of each module.

  • Recording Notes and Data in the Student Notebook

    The Biology student notebook helps students keep a carefully organized, detailed, and complete lab notebook, recording labs they conducted using proper scientific methodology.

    Taking good notes while reading a high school science text can make the difference between mastering a concept and not quite understanding it. Good notes provide the following advantages:

    • Students stay focused on what they are reading.
    • Students pay closer attention, which will increase their retention.
    • Students have their own version of the text to review for tests.
    • Students learn to connect new information to what they already know.

    The Biology student notebook is specifically designed to help students be independent and take responsibility for their science studies as they gain and maintain the personal abilities to create structure and logic through note-taking.

  • Hands-on Labs

    Our biology high school curriculum laboratory exercises are conducted throughout each module so that students have a hands-on lab component in their scientific study. These have been designed to work easily in the homeschool environment.

    Colleges want to see a lab component on your student’s high school transcript. This isn’t optional, and Apologia’s award-winning homeschool high school biology course is designed to meet this requirement.

    Throughout the academic school year, students conduct controlled experiments. They observe a problem, ask a question, formulate a testable hypothesis, and then conduct the experiment and analyze the data to see if their results support their hypothesis. This process involves quantitative data that require measurements. The lab portion of Apologia guides students through this process.

    Students will also conduct descriptive experiments using their five senses to make qualitative observations and describe what they learn. This includes microscope work, field studies of organisms in their natural habitats, and dissections. Again, our homeschool curriculum was designed with your student’s success in mind, and we guide students through this process with detailed descriptions and photographs.

  • Review and Testing

    At the end of each of the 16 modules which take about 2 weeks each to complete, there are Study Guides to help students review their materials before taking their exams. Detailed answers to these questions are provided in the Solutions and Test Manual.

    Module exams and quarterly exams, as well as detailed answers, are provided in the Solutions and Test Manual.

What Topics are Covered in Apologia’s High School Biology Curriculum?

Our award-winning, creation-based biology curriculum for homeschool helps students investigate, discover, recognize, appreciate, discuss, and understand the wonders of Creation.

Our academically rigorous high school biology curriculum equips high school students for college studies because we aren’t just a textbook. Using a conversational tone, we present challenging science concepts and thought-provoking experiments in an easily navigated, personalized format to help students methodically learn, self-check, and master difficult concepts before moving on.

We keep science relevant. Additional online materials are available through a book extras portal so that students can see science in action.

The Table of Contents for Exploring Creation with Biology is as follows:

  • Module 1: The Science of Life
    The processes of science, including what scientists do, the scientific method, the tools of science and the limitations of science
  • Module 2: The Chemistry of Life
    The composition of matter, the properties of water, lipids, proteins, and enzymes
  • Module 3: Ecology
    Eco systems, biomes, populations, and communities
  • Module 4: Cell Structure and Function
    Characteristics of all cells
  • Module 5: Cellular Energy
    Energy of all cells
  • Module 6: DNA, Proteins, and the Cell Cycle
    DNA replication, protein synthesis, and cell cycle & cellular reproduction
  • Module 7: Genetics
    Mendelian genetics, inheritance patters, human genetics, and gene technologies
  • Module 8: Evolution
    Charles Darwin, Micro and Macro evolution, the geological column, and fossil record evidence
  • Module 9: Prokaryotes and Viruses
    Classification, Archaea, Bacteria, and Viruses
  • Module 10: Protists and Fungi
    Characteristics and classification
  • Module 11: Plant Diversity and Reproduction
    Classifying plants and life cycle
  • Module 12: Plant Structure and Function
    Plant anatomy and physiology, transporting water and nutrients, plant growth, hormones, and responses
  • Module 13:Animals – Invertebrates (part 1)
    Characteristics and diversity
  • Module 14:Animals – Invertebrates (part 2)
  • Module 15: Animals – Chordates (part 1)
    Characteristics and diversity
  • Module 16: Animals – Chordates (part 2)
    Birds and mammals 
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Available Video and Online Instruction Options

Enrich your high school student’s human body study with the video lessons available for Exploring Creation with Biology. In the videos, Sherri Seligson lectures on each section of the textbook, using visual animations and on-location video clips. This helps students absorb the concepts in a richer and more engaging way, and it encompasses all types of learners. The animations help explain more difficult concepts in a three-dimensional, interactive way rather than in a static, two-dimensional text only. And the medium allows students to review material until they really understand it.

This course includes:

  • On-location footage and more than twenty hours of instruction
  • PowerPoint lectures
  • Animated diagrams of difficult concepts
  • Video presentations of every lab (microscope work, dissections, and experiments) from the textbook

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If your homeschool student learns well in an online environment, Apologia’s Live Online Classes may be a good fit. They offer live instruction and the ability to interact with other students as well as ask questions to an instructor. If your student’s schedule doesn’t work with one of the live class options, there are recorded class options that the instructor grades.

Meeting Your Student’s Learning Style

This comprehensive homeschool biology high school curriculum was created to accommodate a wide range of student abilities. To ensure every student’s success, Apologia has created materials to meet every student’s learning style.

Auditory Learners: Sometimes, students learn best when they can see and hear what they’re studying. Apologia audiobooks are the complete text of the course read aloud. Students can follow along with the audio while reading their textbooks.

Visual Learners: Sometimes, the subject matter is easier to comprehend when the topic is animated and presented by a knowledgeable instructor. Apologia Video Instructional material enhances the student’s education with more than 20 hours of instruction, including on-location video footage, PowerPoint lectures, animated diagrams of difficult concepts, and video presentations of all experiments.

Social Learners: Some students learn best when they can interact with others in an online setting and ask questions of a live instructor. With Apologia’s Live Online Classes, students can interact in real-time with both their classmates and a professional instructor in a structured, virtual classroom.

Apologia’s biology curriculum for high school helps your students interactively participate in their educations by fostering their natural inquisitiveness. We recognize that to cultivate curiosity, and we must partner with it. Throughout their high school years, your students will experience personal scientific encounters that turn facts into a meaningful and natural extension of what they already know about their world and their Creator. We thank you for considering Apologia’s high school biology curriculum.

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