When we started Wilson Hill Academy, one of our strongest desires was to provide science courses that are grounded in a biblical worldview and rigorous enough to prepare our students to excel in college-level science classes and beyond.

At Wilson Hill Academy, we believe that teaching science should equip students to think about God’s creation both scientifically and Christianly preparing them to excel in college-level science classes and engage the sciences as followers of Christ. This means cultivating the child’s natural wonder for the world God created and helping each child see God’s glory as revealed in His creation: “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:20). It also means equipping students with tools they can use to explore God’s world and discover the depths of His creation. 

With younger students, these tools include observation and classification, exercises in comparison and contrast, and a beginning appreciation for concepts like cause-and-effect, process thinking, and systems thinking. Students will see and experience that science is the process of building models to understand the natural world. School of Logic and Rhetoric students continue the study of scientific models using a mastery-based approach. Our Physics-Chemistry-Biology sequence allows students to develop a foundation in key principles and use it to gain a deeper understanding of concepts in Chemistry and Biology. By also considering the development of scientific models through the history of science, students continually encounter the nature of science and how it is conducted. Our science courses ultimately seek to nurture the student’s love of God and neighbor through deepening an understanding of his creation and equipping them to become faithful stewards of it.

We offer two streams in our School of Rhetoric science courses- basic and advanced streams. Both streams establish excellent foundations in the subjects. A key distinction between these streams is the expectation of math proficiency. The advanced stream is a good fit for students who are above grade level in math.

See our short video on how to engage the sciences as a Christ-follower.

Grammar of Science – Life Science

In keeping with the philosophy of encouraging wonder and equipping students with the tools of scientific study, Course 1: Life Science is intended to encourage a love for the natural world and the miracle of the human body. Students will be prepared for subsequent science courses through the development of good observation and note-taking skills, […]

Section: Sciences   |   School: Grammar School

Grammar of Science – Sky and Space

In keeping with the philosophy of encouraging wonder and equipping students with the tools of scientific study, Course 2: Sky and Space is designed to stimulate curiosity.  What is the optimal design for a model rocket? Will we colonize Mars in my lifetime? Why do Northerners have a “White Christmas” while Southerners decorate palm trees […]

Section: Sciences   |   School: Grammar School

Introduction to Earth Science

This 6th grade course is new for 2021-22 as part of our restructuring of the science sequence in 6th-8th grades.  It is not the same as the Earth Science (Bridge) class and is not challenging enough for 8th graders.   At Wilson Hill Academy we believe that teaching science in the grammar stage should equip […]

Section: Sciences   |   School: Grammar School

Introduction to Physics and Chemistry

This course develops a solid foundation in topics from physics and chemistry to equip grade 7 students for School of Rhetoric science courses. Topics include matter and atomic theory, energy, forces and motion, waves, sounds and light, electricity and magnetism, types of substances, compounds and chemical reactions. Students will learn a mastery based approach for […]

Section: Sciences   |   School: School of Logic

Introduction to Biology

This course develops a solid foundation in topics from biology to equip grade 8 students for School of Rhetoric science courses. Topics include cellular biology, genetics, microorganisms, fungi, plants, animals, and human organ systems. Students will carry out regular lab activities. Although students will not be required to submit formal lab reports, they will practice […]

Section: Sciences   |   School: School of Logic

Physics 1

Physics 1 is an introductory physics course for students in grades 9 through 12. The course integrates history, mathematics, and technical communication skills. Through successful completion of this course, a student will be able to develop a mastery of the basic tools of physics, including fundamental concepts and applications, computational skills, and analytical skills. Concepts […]

Section: Sciences   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Physics 1 (Honors)

This is a rigorous physical science course intended for accelerated 9th grade students who have already completed Algebra I and are motivated toward honors-level study in science and mathematics. The course integrates history, mathematics, and technical communication skills. Through successful completion of this course, a student will be able to develop a mastery of the […]

Section: Sciences   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Chemistry

This is a complete first-year high school chemistry course. It will provide students with an understanding of the properties of, and interactions between, different types of matter. Students will understand fundamental concepts concerning atoms, elements, and compounds. They will also comprehend the trends within the periodic table and how the atomic structure of elements affects […]

Section: Sciences   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Chemistry (Honors/Pre-AP)

This is an accelerated first-year chemistry course designed for students who have demonstrated an aptitude and enthusiasm for studying science. It will provide students with an understanding of the properties of, and interactions between, different types of matter. Students will understand fundamental concepts concerning atoms, elements, and compounds. They will also comprehend the trends within […]

Section: Sciences   |   School: School of Rhetoric

AP Chemistry

This course has been formally authorized by the College Board to carry the AP® designation and is designed to be the equivalent of a first year college level general chemistry. A student in this course will expand on material mastered in a prior high school chemistry course to deepen their understanding of atomic structure, intermolecular […]

Section: AP Courses, Sciences   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Biology

This introductory course in biology is taught from a Christian worldview using classical methodology. Students study the nature of life and the chemical basis of living cells as well as cell structure, function, division and genetics. An overview of the five kingdoms is presented, and students consider representative organisms from each kingdom and their ecological […]

Section: Sciences   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Biology (Honors)

Honors Biology is designed for students who have a foundation in Physics and Chemistry and who are eager to apply that knowledge to the study of Biology. Students will learn basic biochemistry and its applications to cellular structure and function. Ultimately, students will gain a wonder and appreciation for the similarities and differences between organisms […]

Section: Sciences   |   School: School of Rhetoric

AP Biology

This course has been formally authorized by the College Board to carry the AP® designation. It is a rigorous course and is recommended for high school juniors and seniors who have already completed a pre-AP level of biology. Students will learn to think scientifically, design experiments and draw connections between biology and other disciplines. The […]

Section: AP Courses, Sciences   |   School: School of Rhetoric

AP Physics

Formerly taught as Physics 2 (Honors), this class will include work designed specifically as preparation for the AP® Physics exam beginning with the 2020-2021 school year. It remains an honors-level college preparatory class in Physics and will prepare students for success in their pursuit of science, engineering, or math at the college level. Students should […]

Section: AP Courses, Sciences   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Chemistry Readiness (Self-Paced)

This self-paced course is designed to meet the needs of students who are registered for WHA Chemistry or WHA Honors (Pre-AP) Chemistry but have not taken the prerequisite WHA Physics or Honors Physics course. In this course, students will work through progressive modules designed to introduce specific topics from the Physics course that will be […]

Section: Sciences, Summer   |   School: School of Rhetoric

Intro to Javascript (Summer)

Students will be introduced to computer programming by creating 2-3 simple, interactive applications in the browser using HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Although the class focuses on Javascript and the web browser, the concepts learned could be applied to many other programming languages. No programming experience is necessary, and no supplies are needed (Chrome web browser […]

Section: Sciences, Summer   |   School: School of Logic, School of Rhetoric