Spring Honors Biology
For students without any biology background, this class will serve as an enriching introduction to the subject.
We will cover biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and physiology to form a strong foundation for future leaning (be it eh science bowl, Science Olympiad, or AP biology).
Students will conduct experiments with plants, enzymes, microscopes... even an optional pig dissection day at the end of the semester.
Middle school students of our 1st time biology class in 2017, all of the 9th graders scored 5 in their AP biology in 2018. Most of the students of this class have confidently taken AP biology and USABO training when they became high school freshmen. We are looking forward to hear good news this year.
Should Middle School students take Biology Honors?
SpringLight Education is offering a chance for middle school students to take Biology Honors, a high school level course. However, is taking such a course at a young age pushing students too hard?
As a WASC accredited education institute, SpringLight makes sure that every one of our courses has a high level of quality, and a compelling reason for students to take each course.
Middle school students have a strong desire to learn, and exposing them to biology early on jump starts their passion for science. Compared to other sciences, biology is accessible because it studies the plants and animals that we come into contact with from the beginning of our lives. SpringLight’s biology class not only has theoretical lectures, but also hands on experiments. Students will have the opportunity to use microscopes to inspect plants, conduct small experiments, and even dissect a pig.
Science Bowl and Science Olympiad are rigorous competitions that are very challenging to do well in. Most students who have qualified for further rounds have a history of studying biology from middle school. Lynbrook’s and Harker’s Science Bowl teams have both placed very well in the past few years, and many of their team members started learning biology early on. Most of the top twenty qualifiers for the USABO camp also started studying biology in middle school.
Learning biology early is not pushing our students too much, and it plants the seed of science in their hearts. By the time they are in high school, this seed will sprout.
SpringLight’s biology teacher, Mrs. Webster, grew up from a traditional, academically focused family, and holds a degree in Biology. She has over ten years of teaching experience, and her classes are very lively and interactive. Mrs. Webster has a focus on helping develop a passion for biology in each of her students. Many of her students have emerged from her classes with a love for biology.
If you would like to know more about Mrs. Webster’s biology AP, SAT II, and USABO classes, please watch the Video.
Know more about SpringLight Education’s biology classes，visit http://springlighteducation.com/courses/biology/
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Fall Honors Biology
For students currently taking Freshman Biology, this will serve as a supplementary class to help them understand the most challenging topics. For students without a biology background, this class will serve as an enriching introduction to the subject.
We will cover biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, evolution and physiology to form a strong foundation for future learning (be it the SAT II, science bowl, Olympiad, or AP biology).
Students will conduct experiments with plants, enzymes, microscopes... even an optional pig dissection day on the last day of the semester.
Summer Honors Biology
This course will serve as a preview of topics covered in freshman biology classes and the SATII, with a special emphasis on the most challenging chapters (for example, photosynthesis and cell signaling).
The class is appropriate for rising 9th graders or middle school students with little biology background.
We will be conducting a variety of experiments, including pig dissections!
The course is divided into 2-week modules. Students can be present for any of those modules to gain benefit. Students who are present for the entire course will leave with the most complete and in-depth understanding.
week 1: Ecology and Evolutions (ch 22-26, 51-55)
week 2: Biochem, Cells, Meiosis, Meitosis (ch 2-8, 12+13)
week 3: Photosynthesis, Cell Respiration, Genes (ch 9-10, 16-18, 14-15, 19, 27)
week 4: Animal and Human Physiology (ch 40-50)
Students who miss a class can watch videos of the class and come to the teacher with any questions.