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Classes with Aim Academy 2018-19 

Aim Academy is an online school run by Debra Bell, author of The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and Writers in Residence.  Classes are purchased a la carte and many courses are offered beyond those listed below.

Algebra 1
34 Weeks

According to the publisher’s website: “The goal of UCSMP Algebra is to act as an introduction to the language of algebra, and the ways it is used in the real world, while integrating geometry, probability, and statistics with a variety of approaches and uses of contemporary technology.”  My goal as the teacher is to make the material covered in the textbook make sense and to ensure that no concept gets left behind.  Future study will hinge on a student’s understanding of this foundational material.

Accelerated Algebra 1
16 Weeks

Note: This course is for the advanced student or a student who needs a refresher course in Algebra 1.  It is not recommended for a struggling student because of the quick pace.

According to the publisher’s website: “The goal of UCSMP Algebra is to act as an introduction to the language of algebra, and the ways it is used in the real world, while integrating geometry, probability, and statistics with a variety of approaches and uses of contemporary technology.”  My goal as the teacher is to make the material covered in the textbook make sense and to ensure that no concept gets left behind.  Future study will hinge on a student’s understanding of this foundational material.


Environmental Science
32 Weeks

Environmental Science is the study of the physical world around us and the interaction between humans and our environment.  This environmental science course will provide students with the knowledge base to understand the world and the impact humans have on it, learning skills in analysis and problem solving, that will allow the student to think critically about their own impact on the earth and what humans as a species must do to protect our planet. The major topics covered are: a basic introduction to environmental science, ecology, populations, water, air, and land, mineral and energy resources, and our health and future.

AP Environmental Science
32 Weeks

Note: This course prepares students for the AP Environmental Science exam offered in May of each year. 

Environmental Science is the study of the physical world around us and the interaction between humans and our environment.  This environmental science course will provide students with the knowledge base to understand the world and the impact humans have on it, learning skills in analysis and problem solving, that will allow the student to think critically about their own impact on the earth and what humans as a species must do to protect our planet. The major topics covered are: a basic introduction to environmental science, ecology, populations, water, air, and land, mineral and energy resources, and our health and future.

Physics
34 Weeks

This course will cover the main concepts in physics including: kinematics (1 and 2-dimensional), Newton’s laws of motion, uniform circular motion, rotational motion, periodic motion, work and energy, sounds and waves, and electricity and magnetism.

AP Physics 1
34 Weeks

This course will cover the main concepts in physics including: kinematics (1 and 2-dimensional), Newton’s laws of motion, uniform circular motion, rotational motion, periodic motion, work and energy, sounds and waves, and electricity and magnetism.  There will also be additional assignments meant to help the student prepare for the AP Physics 1 algebra-based exam.

SAT Subject Test: Physics
9 weeks

The Physics Subject Test assesses your understanding of concepts from one year of introductory physics on the college-preparatory level, as well as reasoning and problem-solving skills derived from lab experience. If you’re thinking about pursuing a math- or science-based program of study (such as science, technology, engineering, or math), taking the Physics Subject Test is a great way to demonstrate your interests on your college application.  Each student will be provided with an individual study plan based on an initial assessment that will tailor their studies to those areas that need the most attention for them.

SAT Subject Test: Math 1
9 weeks

The Mathematics Level 1 Subject Test assesses the knowledge you’ve gained from three years of college-preparatory mathematics, including two years of algebra and one year of geometry. If you’ve excelled in these courses, taking the test can support your high school grades, indicate an interest in pursuing math-based programs of study (science, technology, engineering, economics, etc.), and help you differentiate yourself in the admission process. Each student will be provided with an individual study plan based on an initial assessment that will tailor their studies to those areas that need the most attention for them.

AP Computer Science Principles
32 Weeks

AP Computer Science Principles offers a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles also gives students the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem solving. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science.
 

Classes with Skrafty 2018-19 

Skrafty has tons of great stuff for the whole family.  There are free servers to play Minecraft on with chat filters and lots of moderation.  With a subscription you get access to all of their classes and many courses are offered beyond those listed below!  Click here to learn more about getting a Skrafty subscription!

Pre-Algebra with Minecraft
30 Weeks

This course is NOT Common-Core aligned, although the required textbook is marked as such. 


This course will give your students a strong foundation in algebra while also preparing them for future study of geometry, probability, and data analysis. The clearly written lessons make even difficult math concepts and methods understandable by providing numerous stepped-out examples. Lessons include a wide variety of exercises to develop and practice skills in logical reasoning and problem solving.

Algebra 1 with Minecraft
30 Weeks

This course is NOT Common-Core aligned, although the required textbook is marked as such. 


This course covers the material in algebra 1 including expressions, equations, functions, exponents, graphing, and some probability and statistics. My goal as the teacher is to make the material covered in the textbook make sense and to ensure that no concept gets left behind. Future study will hinge on a student’s understanding of this foundational material.

Geometry with Minecraft
30 Weeks

This course is NOT Common-Core aligned, although the required textbook is marked as such. 


In Geometry, students will develop reasoning and problem solving skills as they study topics such as congruence and similarity, and apply properties of lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles. They will also develop problem solving skills by using length, perimeter, area, circumference, surface area, and volume to solve real world problems.

Algebra 2 with Minecraft
30 Weeks

This course is NOT Common-Core aligned, although the required textbook is marked as such. 


The content of Algebra 2 is organized around families of functions, including linear, quadratic, exponential, logarithmic, radical, and rational functions. As students study each family of functions, they will learn to represent them in multiple ways – as verbal descriptions, equations, tables, and graphs. They will also learn to model real-world situations using functions in order to solve problems arising from those situations.