HSC – Rancho Santa Margarita – Jr. High-High School

HSC – Rancho Santa Margarita

30161 Avenida De Las Banderas
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

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Contact: Jill Wilcox: jill@science2u.com, 562-754-1081

Year Long Courses 

Human Anatomy 4th– 6th Grade

Instructor: Kate Vandecar

Wednesdays: 11:00 – 11:55 a.m.

A yearlong course covering all systems of the human body. Includes weekly lab activities.

  • Course duration: 2 semesters
  • Cost: $325/semester
  • A textbook is required with the choice of one of two books (only select one)-Click on the Human Anatomy link above to see the page where you can order one of these books
    1. Apologia Human anatomy and Physiology ( Exploring Creation)
    2. Usborne a Complete book of Human Body.

1st Semester dates:

  • Sept. 6,13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20, Jan. 17
  • (No class: Nov. 22, Dec. 27, Jan. 3)

2nd Semester dates: 

  • Jan. 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14, Mar. 7, 14, 21, Apr. 11 19, 23, May 2, 9, 16, 23
  • (No class Feb. 21, Mar. 28, Apr. 4)

Marine Biology  4th– 6th Grade

Instructor: Kate Vandecar

Fridays: 11:00 – 11:55 a.m.

  • Course duration: 2 semesters
  • Cost: $350/semester
  • A textbook is required with two choices for text books available as listed on Marine Biology Textbooks.

During this year long courses students will have 30 minutes of lecture and 30 minutes of lab weekly. There will be eight cumulative tests at the end of each module. Students will be expected to assist with 5 marine dissections throughout the school year along with tracking of a marine mammal. At the end of the school year the class will be going on a field trip to Dana Point for a two hour Living Lab aboard a Marine vessel.

Topics covered in class:Ocean volume, Origins, Oceans and Continents, Plate Tectonics, Seafloor features, Classification of Marine Life, Photosynthetic Organisms, Marine Plankton and their habitat, Corals and Coral Reef Ecosystems, Introduction to Marine Ecology, Organization of Communities, Interactions of species, Consumers/Producers, Adaptations, Keystone Predators.

1st Semester dates: 

  • Sept. 6,15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 1 0, 17, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, Jan. 21
  • (No class: Nov. 24, Dec. 29, Jan. 5)

2nd Semester:

  • Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, Mar. 9, 16, 22, Apr. 12, 19, 23, May 4, 11, 18, 25
  • (No class Feb. 23, Mar. 30, Apr. 6)

Life Science  6th– 7th Grade

Instructor: Kate Vandecar

Fridays: 9:30 – 10:55 a.m.

  • Course duration: 2 semesters
  • Cost: $350/semester
  • A textbook is required with two choices for text books available as listed on Life Science Texbooks.

This class will include such topics as introduction to cell biology, protein synthesis, photosynthesis, genetics, origins, and ecology. We will also cover classification and will conduct a brief survey of the kingdoms including archaebacteria, eubacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals including; invertebrates and vertebrates. A brief study of some of the systems of the human body is also included. Students will complete 27 labs in this class, have 2 practicum assessments and complete a science fair project!

This course meets weekly for 90 minutes (45 min. of lecture, 45 min. of lab). Weekly homework assignments from the textbook, lab pages and handouts will be completed by the students at home each week. Tests will be taken online.

1st Semester dates: 

  • Sept. 6,15, 22, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 1 0, 17, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, Jan. 21
  • (No class: Nov. 24, Dec. 29, Jan. 5)

2nd Semester:

  • Jan. 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, Mar. 9, 16, 22, Apr. 12, 19, 23, May 4, 11, 18, 25
  • (No class Feb. 23, Mar. 30, Apr. 6)