High School Science Summer Offerings

    Laurel Springs' high school science summer offerings help students develop their scientific literacy and critical thinking skills. These courses may include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, and more specialized topics such as Marine Biology. Additionally, we offer advanced coursework options for students who seek to delve deeper into the subject matter. Lab activities are incorporated into all science courses.

    Science

    • Biology

      This course guides students through the study of living and non-living systems and how they interact with one another. Students explore the world they live in by posing questions and seeking answers through scientific inquiry. Discovery takes place through observation and data collection. The students will be introduced to the structure, function, diversity, and evolution of living matter. This is a course with real relevance. It encourages curiosity and provides opportunities for students to work on hands-on lab activities. Engaging in the study of biological science broadens the picture of the world around us.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of an 8th grade science course

      College Prep • UC Approved Science • NCAA Approved Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • Honors Biology

      This Honors level course is a research and writing-intensive version of Biology. This course guides students through the study of living and non-living systems and how they interact with one another. Students explore the world they live in by posing questions and seeking answers through scientific inquiry. Discovery takes place through observation and data collection. The students will be introduced to the structure, function, diversity, and evolution of living matter. This is a course with real relevance. It encourages curiosity and provides an opportunity for students to work on hands-on lab activities. Engaging in the study of biological science broadens the picture of the world around us. Students will develop deep understandings of concepts and explore concepts with an eye for research.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of an 8th grade science course with an A or B

      Honors • UC Approved Science • NCAA Approved Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • Chemistry

      The high school chemistry course is a two-segment study of the foundations of chemistry, building on the concepts and scientific thinking laid in middle school science. Students use scientific inquiry and higher-order problem solving as they explore the composition, properties, and changes of matter and their applications through interactive simulations, engineering solutions, and virtual and hands-on experiences. Scientific inquiry, research, experimental procedures, data collection and analysis, and making inferences are an integral part of the learning experience. In addition, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are integrated throughout the course. Through phenomenon-based learning, students will be able to demonstrate a vast understanding of the importance of chemistry in the world, enabling them to apply these principles to their everyday lives and our global society.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1

      College Prep • UC Approved Science • NCAA Approved Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • Honors Chemistry

      The honors high school chemistry course is a two-segment study of the foundations of chemistry, building on the concepts and scientific thinking laid in middle school science. Students use scientific inquiry and higher-order problem solving as they explore the composition, properties, and changes of matter and their applications through interactive simulations, engineering solutions, and virtual and hands-on experiences. Scientific inquiry, research, experimental procedures, data collection and analysis, and making inferences are an integral part of the learning experience. In addition, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are integrated throughout the course. Through phenomenon-based learning, students will be able to demonstrate a vast understanding of the importance of chemistry in the world, enabling them to apply these principles to their everyday lives and our global society. Students develop deep understandings of concepts and explore concepts with an eye for research.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1

      Honors • UC Approved Science • NCAA Approved Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • Physics

      In this course, students will be immersed in the contributions of scientific geniuses that have changed the way we observe and think about matter, forces, and energy in the universe. Starting with how matter moves, students will learn that all motion can be described, analyzed, and predicted. Then students will explore the causes of changing motion, forces! Energy is a fundamental property essential to human existence, and physics will take students through all the forms of it: electricity, light, sound, heat, and more. Discover how waves travel and interact with matter and the smallest particles in the universe. From tiny atoms to galaxies with millions of stars, the universal laws of physics are explained through real-world examples. Through laboratory activities, simulations, and graphical analysis, combined with rigorous mathematical efforts and problem solving, students follow in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest thinkers and learn to process their world in a unique way.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geometry 

      College Prep • UC Approved Science • NCAA Approved Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • Honors Physics

      In this course, students will be immersed in the contributions of scientific geniuses who have changed the way we observe and think about matter, forces, and energy in the universe. Starting with how matter moves, students will learn that all motion can be described, analyzed, and predicted. Then students will explore the causes of changing motion, forces! Energy is a fundamental property essential to human existence, and physics will take students through all the forms of it: electricity, light, sound, heat, and more. Discover how waves travel and interact with matter and the smallest particles in the universe. From tiny atoms to galaxies with millions of stars, the universal laws of physics are explained through real-world examples. Through laboratory activities, simulations, and graphical analysis, combined with rigorous mathematical efforts and problem-solving, students follow in the footsteps of some of the world's greatest thinkers and learn to process their world in a unique way.

      Advanced courses require a greater demand on students through increased academic rigor. Academic rigor is obtained through the application, analysis, evaluation, and creation of complex ideas that are often abstract and multi-faceted. Students are challenged to think and collaborate critically on the content they are learning. Honors level rigor will be achieved by increasing text complexity through text selection, focus on high-level qualitative measures, and complexity of task. Instruction will be structured to give students a deeper understanding of conceptual themes and organization within and across disciplines. Academic rigor is more than simply assigning to students a greater quantity of work.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Geometry 

      Honors • UC Approved Science • NCAA Approved Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,200

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $1,600

    • AP® Biology

      AP® Biology is designed to provide a college-level experience and prepare students for the AP exam in early May. Students will be provided with a foundation for developing an understanding for biological concepts through scientific inquiry, investigations, interactive experiences, higher-order thinking, real-world applications, writing analytical essays, statistical analysis, interpreting and collecting data. The key big ideas of the AP Biology course are system interactions, evolution, energetics, information storage, and transmission. Students will participate in a variety of engaging activities that enhance their mastery of biology concepts.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra 1

      Advanced Placement • UC Honors Approved Science • NCAA Approved Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,500

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $2,100

    • AP® Environmental Science

      With the current changes in global climate, rising sea levels, and warming oceans, it is important for students to discover the state of Earth's systems and the consequences of human activities. AP® Environmental Science provides students with a global view of their world and their role in it. It examines the scientific principles and concepts required to understand the interrelationships between ocean, land, and atmosphere that guide the natural world and allow Earth to be a planet suitable for life. Laboratory activities within the course support their learning of these relationships through reflective, hands-on, or virtual experiences. In addition, students identify and analyze environmental problems that are natural and human-made, determining their own ecological footprint in the world to discover how their activities affect the world around them. They evaluate the relative risks associated with environmental problems and examine alternative solutions, such as clean energy, sustainable practices, and conservation, for resolving or preventing future environmental problems.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1 and 2 years of high-school science with labs

      Advanced Placement • UC Honors Approved Science • NCAA Approved Science

      4 Weeks (Semester): $1,500

      8 Weeks (Full Year): $2,100

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