"The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, whilst their companions slept were toiling upwards through the night."-Longfellow

All science classes embody the Scientific Inquiry Skills outlined by the Next Generation Science Standards.

  • Identify questions and concepts that guide scientific investigations.
  • Design and conduct scientific investigations.
  • Use technology and mathematics to improve investigations and communications.
  • Formulate and revise scientific explanations and models using logic and evidence.
  • Recognize and analyze alternative explanations and models.
  • Communicate and defend a scientific argument.

Our Core Values:

Safety FIRST!

Students use commercial grade glassware and chemicals, balances, probes under the guidance of teacher trained in safe lab practices environment compliant with Texas Department Public Safety regulations.  Teaching students the proper way to handle materials in the school laboratory should also help them learn correct handling of chemicals found at home or on the job. Good safety instruction is  continuous throughout the year.  Safety practices  concepts are reinforced  at the start of each experiment.

Scientific Writing is IMPORTANT!

Students learn the importance of concise, formal lab reports from properly prepared lab notes.  Carefully, crafted reports  insure proper citation and paraphrasing skills necessary to the outside theory research, so that students avoid plagiarism.   Student assessments demonstrate mastery of analytical skills by explaining procedures and purpose of lab experiments, as well as discussion, in their own words.  

Class Size Matters!

Small class size allows our science teachers focus on hands-on experience learning for all the students with additional educational sources to be utilized, not just teacher demonstration.

Middle School
Level I:
Composite Science
Level II: Honors IPC (Integrated Physics & Chemistry) for MS Coming in 2018
Level III: TBD
Course Description General Science for Early MS. General Science builds a foundation for later coursework by exploring the scientific method and measurements; properties of matter and of atoms; basic chemistry, including elements and compounds; energy, including its conservation, its forms, and its relationship to force and motion; and the special properties of water. Students will conduct laboratory investigations, write abstracts on science topics of their interest, and improve their problem-solving and note-taking skills. This course integrates the disciplines of physics and chemistry in order to prepare students for high school level chemistry and/or physics. The following topics will be covered: scientific measurement and graphing, lab safety, motion, forces, energy, electricity, matter, atomic structure, periodic trends, chemical reactions, heat transfer, and water chemistry. Coming 2018
Suggested Grade Levels 5th-7th Grade 7th-9th TBD
Course Credits: Honors Middle School Middle School, pre-AP Middle School pre-AP
Pre-requisites None None None
Teacher Dr. Beverly Finklea Kendra Flenniken TBD
Course Cost $575 until May 1st
$600 after May 1st
various payment plans available
$600 until May 1st
$650 after May 1st
various payment plans available
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various payment plans available
High School
Honors Biology Honors Chemistry Honors Physics
Course Descriptions Honors Biology for HS. Biology investigates interrelationships between living organisms and the world around them. Topics include biochemistry, cellular biology, genetics, biotechnology, natural selection, classification, anatomy and physiology, and ecology. Students will conduct laboratory investigations, write lab reports, and improve their problem-solving and note-taking skills. In this course, we will cover major topics required to prepare students for physics courses at the collegiate level.,Topics will include: The Science of Physics, Motion in One Dimension, Two Dimensional Motion, Forces and the Laws of Motion, Work and Energy, Rotational Motion and Law of Gravity, Electric Forces and Fields, Electrical Energy and Capacitance, Current and Resistance, Circuit and Circuit Elements, Magnetism, Momentum and Collisions, Vibrations and Waves, Light and Reflection, Heat, Thermodynamics, and Atomic Physics
Suggested Grade Levels 9th 10th-11th***
*** This course rotates years.
Next course offering 2017
10th-11th***
***This course rotates.
Course Credits High School pre-AP Biology High School pre-AP Chemistry High School pre-AP Physics
Pre-requisites None Due to the mathematics required to complete the coursework, students should have mastered and be comfortable with the types of equations and graphing used in Algebra I. Students may be concurrently enrolled in Geometry or Algebra II to take this course. In addition to mathematics prerequisites, there should be a basic understanding of laboratory principles and the maturity necessary to handle flames, glassware, and dangerous chemicals while following directions. Due to the mathematics required to complete the coursework, students should have mastered and be comfortable with the types of equations and graphing used in Algebra I. There should be a working knowledge of basic trigonometry, sine, cosine, and tangent functions and be able to use right triangle rules to solve for sides and angles. Students may be concurrently enrolled in Geometry or Algebra 2 to take this course. In addition to mathematics prerequisites, there should be a basic understanding of laboratory principles and the maturity necessary to handle flames, glassware, and projectiles while following directions.
Teacher Dr. Beverly Finklea Kendra Flenniken Lissette Gurley
Course Cost $650 until May 1st
$700 after May 1st
Payment schedule available
$775 until May 1st--graphing calculator, ruler and protractor will be needed for home computations $775 until May 1st--graphing calculator, ruler and protractor will be needed for home computations
COURSE BENEFITS
ALL Materials Provided
Weekly Homework √ --4-6 Hours TOTAL √ --4-6 Hours TOTAL √ --4-6 Hours TOTAL
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