NHA Middle School Science Classes - $125 Per Student/Semester + $15 Supply Fee

Astronomy and Earth Science (6th-8th) - Instructor – Dawn Webb   


Middle School Astronomy and Earth Science will look at several different topics during the year. For Astronomy, we will take an in-depth look at each of the planets in the solar system as well as the sun, moon, space rocks, stars and galaxies, and space travel and exploration. Earth Science will cover geology including minerals, rocks, earth structure, and soil; earthquakes and volcanoes, water and oceans, and meteorology. Text will be Christian Schools International text Earth Science-Middle School 2nd edition by Timothy Eimer. 


Required Texts: 

Christian Schools International text Earth Science-Middle School 2nd edition by Timothy Eimer 


Life Science - Instructor – Dawn Webb   


In Life Science class we will look the general topics of scientific method and measurement, cells, taxonomy, ecology, viruses, genetics, and heredity. We will look at each of the kingdoms including bacteria, protists, algae, fungi, plants, and invertebrate/vertebrate animals. We cover in detail each of the human body systems. Class time will include lecture, activities, and labs based on the topics. Students should have access to colored pencils at home to complete some assignments. They will need to bring paper and writing utensils to class to take notes. 


Required Texts:

Life Science by Christian Schools International, 2nd Edition ISBN:  978-0874630251


Chemistry/Physics (5th-8th) - Instructor - Elizabeth Lin (Course not offered in 2019-2020)


This is an introductory chemistry and physics course appropriate for 5th – 7th graders that will cover a variety of topics.

The fall semester will focus on the basics of chemistry: atoms and molecules, the periodic table, chemical reactions, acids and bases, solutions, organic chemistry, and biochemistry.  This chemistry course is not a math-based course.  Instead, we will be doing lots of hands-on experiments and activities to learn the basic principles of chemistry.  This course should give students a good foundation to build upon for high school chemistry.


The spring semester will focus on the basics of physics:  foundational physics, physical chemistry, friction, gravity, work, energy, motion, and electricity and magnetism.  Again, the physics course in not math-based and will focus on the basic principles of physics.


Required Texts:  

Christian Kids Explore Chemistry by Robert W. Ridlon, Jr. and Elizabeth J. Ridlon (ISBN: 1892427184) - Fall Semester

Christian Kids Explore Physics by Robert W. Ridlon, Jr. and Elizabeth J. Ridlon (ISBN: 1892427214) - Spring Semester

NHA High School Science Classes - $125 Per Class/Semester + $15 Supply Fee

Chemistry (HS) - Instructor – Elizabeth Lin  


This course is rigorous and taught at an advanced level.  Only parents and students who are comfortable working on their own through the week should enroll.


This is an introductory chemistry course that gives the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry and prepares him or her for college-level chemistry. Major areas of focus include matter, chemical change, and states of matter; measurements, calculations, and significant figures; structure of atoms; arrangements of electrons; the periodic law; chemical bonding; formulas and compounds; chemical equations and reactions; stoichiometry; gases and gas laws; solutions and mixtures; ions and aqueous solutions; acids, bases, titrations, and pH; reaction energy, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium; redox reactions; and introductions to electrochemistry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Laboratory work will be completed, but may take place during the lunch hour.  Therefore, students are welcome to eat during class.  This course is open to 10th – 12th graders and alternates every other year with physics. Successful completion of Algebra I is required for registration in this course.


This course will offer 2 tracts of study simultaneously. Tract 1 will be suitable for students requiring a high school chemistry course with no plans to pursue chemistry in college. Tract 2 is geared toward those students anticipating studying AP chemistry, college chemistry or those interested in careers in the sciences such as biology, chemistry, engineering, or the medical fields. Students in Tract 1 should expect to spend 4 to 8 hours outside of class completing each week’s assignments. Tract 2 will require more independent work and additional, in depth assignments. Students in Tract 2 should expect to spend 6 to 10 hours outside of class completing each week’s assignments. Students are welcome to switch tracts after the start of the course, but final decisions must be made by the fourth week of the fall semester. 


PrerequisitesSuccessful completion of Algebra I and Physical Science is required for registration in this course.


Required Texts: 

Holt McDougal Modern Chemistry Student Edition 2012. Authors: Sarquis and Sarquis. ISBN # 0-547-58663-9

Scientific Calculator (TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculators are acceptable but not required)



Anatomy and Physiology (HS) - Instructor – Elizabeth Lin  


A study of human tissues and organ systems (integumentary, nervous, skeletal, muscular, special senses, endocrine, reproductive, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, and circulatory) with a focus on the interrelationships of form and function. Homeostatic regulatory mechanisms will be continually emphasized.


PrerequisitesSuccessful completion of High School Biology is required for registration in this course, and Chemistry should be completed or concurrent.


Required Texts: 

Visualizing Anatomy and Physiology by Craig Freudenrich, Gerard J. Tortora ISBN:  9780470491249 (There are several copies available used on eBay for less than $50).

The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit and Lawrence M. Elson ISBN: 978-0321832016 



Physical Science:  Instructor - Dawn Webb  (Course not offered in 2019-2020)

Physical Science will include topics of matter, types of substances, interactions of matter, matter in motion, energy at work, electricity, and magnetism. Classes will consist of lecture, lab, and learning activities. This class is taught on a 7th grade and above level. 

Required Texts
Physical Science 2nd edition by Christian Schools International


Physics (HS): Instructor - Elizabeth Lin  (Course not offered in 2019-2020)

This course is rigorous and taught at an advanced level.  Only parents and students who are comfortable working on their own through the week should enroll.

Physics offers classical mechanics, work and energy, periodic motion and wave theory, electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity, quantum physics, and nuclear physics. These topics are presented in conjunction with real-world modeling exercises (dominion modeling) that reinforce a Christian worldview by demonstrating the relevance and validity of approaching science from a biblical perspective. The course is mathematically rigorous and algebra-based. In order to help students succeed, the necessary math skills are gradually introduced in a scaffold fashion, reinforced with numerous example problems. This course is open to 10th – 12th graders and alternates every other year with chemistry. 


PrerequisitesSuccessful completion of Physical Science, Algebra I and Geometry is required for registration in this course, and Algebra II should be completed or concurrent.


Required Texts: 

BJU Press Physics 3rd Edition Student Text 2016. ISBN #978-1-62856-206-4 (There is an etext available for half the cost.  This is also acceptable)

BJU Press Physics 3rd Edition Lab Manual 2010. ISBN 978-1-59166-931-9

Scientific Calculator (TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculators are acceptable but not required)



Biology (HS): Instructor – Dawn Webb  (Course not offered in 2019-2020)


High School Biology covers the basics of living things. We will cover topics from the cellular including the chemistry related to living organisms and cell structure and functions. We will also look at different plant and animal structures and functions. Dissection and basic Biology labs will be a part of this course. Students will need a basic dissection tool kit which can be obtained from http://www.hometrainingtools.com  as well as a set of colored pencils at home to complete some assignments. Specimens will be provided as part of your lab fee.  Please note that this course is 1 1/2 hours, so class may extend into the lunch hour on some weeks.  Students will be allowed to eat in class if necessary.


Required Texts:

BJU Press Biology 4th edition Textbook and Lab Manual

A basic dissection tool kit which can be obtained from  http://www.hometrainingtools.com for under $10. 

A basic set of colored pencils for completing diagrams in study guides and on tests