Recommended Math and Science Curriculum

On this page, you will find some of my favorite science and math curriculum for the high school years.  We have not used every level of Saxon or Apologia, but have been pleased with what we have used.

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We have always used Apologia's Exploring Creation text books for high school science.  They are suitable for home use and co-op use.  Most of the texts have optional CD-ROM's available, but not all of them are listed here.  There is also a Marine Biology course that I don't have listed here yet.  Physical Science is designed for 8th grade, but in many situations, can be taken for high school credit either in 8th or 9th grade.  Check with your private school covering or county school system to verify this.

Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2 Volumes: Second EditionExploring Creation with Physical Science, Second Edition--2 Volumes
By Dr. Jay L. Wile / Apologia Educational Ministries
In this study of Physical Science, you'll be introduced to the stunning world you live in, as well as the universe around it. From the composition of air to icebergs to astrophysics, you will recieve thorough lessons in each element of the physical world. Sixteen modules are included, that are designed to be completed in a total of 32 weeks time, though the course can be adjusted to your own needs. "On your own" questions throughout the text are designed to help cement concepts, while "Study Guide" questions prepare for tests. All information that must be memorized is centered and in bold text, and all definitions and important terms are also bolded. Experiments using only household equipment, graphics, illustrations, charts and other visual representation of various concepts are also included for maximum clarity. Topics include the atmosphere; hydrosphere; weather; structure of Earth; environmentalism; physics of motion; Newton's laws; gravity; and astrophysics. 510 pages, hardcover. Due to these changes, editions should not be mixed.

Exploring Creation with Biology (2nd Edition), TextbookExploring Creation with Biology (2nd Edition), 2 volumes
By Dr. Jay L. Wile & Marilyn Durnell / Apologia Educational Ministries
Designed as the first high school-level science study a homeschooler takes, this edition of Dr. Wile's biology curriculum includes more color illustrations; clarified explanations; easier experiments; and a website with links to extra helps. Sixteen modules cover cell life, genetics, creation science as an alternative to evolution, ecology, insects, plants, reptiles, mammals, and more. Includes a 200-page test/solutions book. 594 pages, hardcover. For 9th grade students. 

Exploring Creation with Chemistry (2nd Edition), 2 volumes  Dr. Jay L. Wile / Apologia Educational Ministries
Exploring Creation with Chemistry (2nd Edition), TextbookThe award-winning chemistry course that took the homeschool community by storm is now even better! Featuring Dr. Wile's easy-to-understand explanations---revised for extra clarity---this Christ-centered modular course offers a rigorous foundation in high-school/college-prep chemistry. The colorful, user-friendly text is designed specifically for home learners and employs experiments using only readily available chemicals and equipment. Completion of Algebra 1 is a prerequisite. Includes a 272-page test/solutions book. 603 pages, hardcover. This course is designed for sophomores in high school.

The Human Body (Advanced Biology), TextbookThe Human Body (Advanced Biology), 2 Volumes
Dr. Jay L. Wile and Marilyn M. Shannon, M.A. / Apologia Educational Ministries
Your students will be amazed at God's ultimate creation as they investigate the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Sixteen 2-week modules cover the 11 major systems, and feature color illustrations, study guides, and experiments. First-year biology and first-year chemistry are prerequisites. Required lab supplements (microscope, slides, dissection kit, specimens set, coloring book) are sold separately. Includes a 122-page softcover test/solutions book. 539 pages, hardcover. This course is designed to be taken in the senior year, providing the prerequisites are met. 

236310: The Human Body, Advanced Biology, Companion CD-ROM, Version 9.0
By Apologia Educational Ministries
This companion CD is designed to be used with Apologia's "The Human Body" course. It's not the full course, but rather contains pronunciations for some difficult words and concepts, as well as videos of experiments that students aren't able to do themselves. Multimedia animations of figures in this course are included as well to help the student better grasp each aspect of the course. Links are separated by module for easy access. 1 CD-ROM. Version 9.0

140050: Apologia Advanced Biology Anatomy Coloring Book
By Nature's Workshop Plus!
This coloring book is one of the best ways to study and memorize human anatomical details and nomenclature; it's perfect for high school students and medical students! New features of this third edition include a lay-flat binding, eight new plates, seven additional sections and an extensive glossary and index. Many college and medical students use this book, and it's highly recommended for students of Apologia's Human Body course. There are 170 color-coded plates and 400 pages total, softcover.

Advanced Chemistry in Creation 2nd Edition Student TextAdvanced Chemistry in Creation, 2 Volumes By Dr. Jay Wile / Apologia Educational Ministries
The perfect equation! Wile's advanced placement course + a basic course = a first-year college course. Challenging and understandable, this "fill in the gaps" curriculum covers stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, gas laws, equilibrium, plus an introduction to organic and nuclear chemistry. One year of high school chemistry and Algebra 2 are prerequisites. Includes a 206-page softcover test/solutions book. 494 pages, hardcover.This course is designed to be taken during the senior year of high school, providing that all the prerequistes have been met. 

Exploring Creation with Physics (2nd Edition), 2 Volumes Dr. Jay L. Wile / Apologia Educational Ministries
A curriculum in motion tends to stay in motion---and Dr. Wile's award-winning physics course just keeps getting better! Offering outstanding college-prep instruction, it now features color illustrations, 50% more experiments, expanded discussions of light and optics, extra practice problems, and direction to online resources. Covers vector analysis, Newton's laws, work and energy, waves, magnetism, electrodynamics, and more! Trigonometry and chemistry are recommended prerequisites. Includes a 334-page softcover test/solutions book. Approx. 575 pages, hardcover.This course is designed for high school juniors.

By Apologia Educational Ministries
Exploring Creation with Physics Multimedia CD-ROM is designed to be used with the Exploring Creation with Physics, 2nd Edition textbook. Filled with helpful, creative features that cannot be included in a physical book, this CD offers videos of experiments that students could not perform in the home, illustrating important concepts that would otherwise be hard to visualize. Animations of example problems are given with Dr. Wile using an animated whiteboard. Pronunciations of unfamiliar words are also given, allowing you to "speak the language" of physics correctly, and with ease!

Advanced Physics in Creation Kit Jay Wile / Apologia Educational Ministries
Your high schoolers are sure to get a handle on the finer points of physics with this advanced placement curriculum. Offering descriptions of kinematics, dynamics, gravity, waves, special and general relativity, electrical forces, and other concepts, this detailed course is equivalent to one year of university-level physics. Prerequisites are one year of high school physics and a trigonometry class. Includes a hardcover illustrated student text with questions and solutions, lab exercises, review questions, and practice problems; and a softcover solutions and test manual. 654 pages and 252 pages respectively. This course is designed for high school seniors who have met the prerequisites. 


Students will develop the understanding they need to resolve more complex problems and functions with this step-by-step course. Covers topics including signed numbers, exponents, and roots; absolute value; equations and inequalities; scientific notations; unit conversions; polynomials; graphs; factoring; quadratic equations; direct and inverse variations; exponential growth; statistics; and probability. Kit includes 564-page hardcover student text, softcover answer key, and test booklet.

Algebra 2 Homeschool Kit, 3rd Edition     - Saxon Algebra 2 Home Study Kit, Third Edition
This Saxon Algebra 2 Home Study Kit includes the Student Textbook, Testing Book and Answer Key. Traditional second-year algebra topics, as well as a full semester of informal geometry, are included with both real-world, abstract and interdisciplinary applications. Topics include geometric functions like angles, perimeters, and proportional segments; negative exponents; quadratic equations; metric conversions; logarithms; and advanced factoring. Student Text is 558 pages, short answers for problem/practice sets, an index and glossary are included; hardcover. The Test book contains both student tests and solutions with work shown along with the final answer. 32 tests are included. The Answer key shows only the final solution for the practice and problem sets found in the student text. 44 pages, paperback. 

Saxon Advanced Math Home Study Kit    - Saxon Advanced Math Home Study Kit
Prepare your students for future success in calculus, chemistry, physics, and social sciences! The 125 incremental Saxon Advanced Mathematics lessons provide in-depth coverage of trigonometry, logarithms, analytic geometry, and upper-level algebraic concepts. Includes continued practice of intermediate algebraic concepts and trigonometry introduced in Algebra 2 and features new lessons on functions, matrices, statistics, and the graphing calculator. Includes test and answer key booklets. 748 pages, hardcover. 

Understanding the abstractions of calculus requires far more than limited exposure. Through the 148 sequential lessons in this comprehensive text, future mathematicians, scientists, and engineers will incrementally build and reinforce their knowledge through continual practice and review. Following a condensed summary of key algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry topics, students explore limits, functions, and the differentiation and integration of variables. Includes test and answer key booklets. 758 pages, hardcover.