Westminster – Jr. High – High School

Calvary Chapel Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast Learning Center

6400 Westminster Blvd.
Westminster, CA 92683

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

 

Year Long Courses

Thursdays:

1st Semester: 
 Sept. 14, 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7, 14, Jan. 11,18
(No class: Nov. 23, Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4)

 

2nd Semester: 
Jan. 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, Apr. 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24

(No class Feb. 22, Mar. 29, Apr. 5)

 

Marine Biology  4th– 6th Grade

Instructor: Kate Vandecar

Thursdays: 10:15 – 11:45 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.

Life Science  6th– 7th Grade

Instructor: Kate Vandecar

Thursdays: 12:45-2:15 pm

  • 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.

Earth Science  6th – 8th grade- CLOSED

Instructor: Jill Wilcox

Thursdays: 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.

This class will cover material in the following areas; stars and planets, the sun, asteroids, comets, meteors, the space program, weather, rocks and minerals, fossils, mountain formation, volcanoes, earthquakes, erosion, glaciers and more! Students will complete 29 labs in this class and a science fair project!

The class will meet for 90 minutes once a week.  This course includes lecture, hands-on labs, homework assignments, tests and a science fair project. Tests will be taken online.

Physical Science  8th – 9th grade

Instructor: Jill Wilcox

Thursdays: 10:15 -11:45 a.m.

This class will cover material in the following areas; the scientific method, energy and motion, acceleration and momentum, matter (solid, liquid, gas), atomic structure and chemical bonds, properties of substances, light, sound waves, electricity, electronics, nuclear reactions and energy sources. Students will complete 29 labs in this class and a science fair project! The class will meet for 90 minutes once a week. This course includes lecture, hands-on labs, homework assignments, tests, and a science fair project. Tests will be taken online.

* Note, not all charter schools accept this for high school credit. Please check with your individual charter school.

Biology   9th– 10th grade level

Instructor: JIll Wilcox

Thursdays: 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.-class is full-CLOSED

  • Class duration 2 semesters
  • Cost: $400/semester
  • A textbook is required, with two choices for text book available on Biology Textbooks.

This class will include such topics as intro. chemistry, cell biology, protein synthesis, photosynthesis, thorough coverage of genetics, classification and a survey of the kingdoms including archeabacteria, eubacteria, protists, fungi, plants and animals including invertebrates, arthropods and vertebrates. There will be 1-2 long-term projects. Students will complete 28 labs and 2 in-class practicum assessments in this class.

This course meets weekly for 2.5 hours (1+ hour of lecture, 1+ hour of lab). Weekly homework assignments from the textbook, lab reports and handouts will be completed by the students at home each week. Tests are taken online. Two in-class practicum tests will be given by the instructor.

Chemistry   10th– 12th grade level

Instructor: Wendy Chapman          2:30-5:00 p.m. class is full-CLOSED
                                                        7:30-10:00 a.m. class has lots of room-OPEN

Thursdays: 7:30-10:00 a.m. and 2:30 -5:00 p.m.

  • Class duration 2 semesters
  • Cost: $500/Semester
  • A textbook is required. Go to Chemistry textbooks for ordering info.

This class will include such topics as: structure of the atom, elements of the periodic table, chemical bonding, molecular structure and reactivity, mole concepts and stoichiometry, gases, acids & bases, and solutions, reaction rates and chemical equilibrium, redox reactions and electrochemistry, introduction to biochemistry and organic chemistry.

There will be a significant emphasis on laboratory practice, with weekly labs and/or demonstrations, along with computation for quantitative analysis. In addition, practice questions for the SAT II chemistry subject test will be included and discussed on a regular basis.

This course meets weekly for 2.5 hours. Weekly homework assignments from the textbook, lab notebooks and handouts will be completed by the students at home each week. Tests will be sent home with the student to be administered by their parent and returned to class the following week.