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Master Teacher: Dr. Noelle Stillman
Duration: Yearlong course offered in fall/spring (32 weeks)
Suggested High School Credit Value: 1 credit.
Suggested Grade Level: 10th grade level and up.
Tuition: $647 for HSLDA Members / $719 for non-members

Description: Biology equips students with the language needed to succeed in biological studies while considering how the study of life deepens their understanding of the complexity, diversity, and unity of God’s creation. Students learn how the scientific method is applied to the study of life as divided into the five-kingdom classification system: animal, plant, fungi, protist, and monera. The course is organized in two-week cycles: during the first week students study theoretical concepts; the following week they apply these concepts through required lab experiments.

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Live Online Class Session Schedule

Dates: August 19, 2024 - May 2, 2025

Class Section

Weekly Meeting Time


Section 1: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Eastern

Mrs. Deneen Dale

Section 2: Tuesdays, 2:30–4:00 p.m. Eastern

Dr. Sherrie Welfel

Section 3: Tuesdays, 9:00–10:30 p.m. Eastern

Dr. Noelle Stillman

Additional class times may be added to the schedule later in the registration period. Please note: all class times are subject to the availability of each individual instructor. See this page for more information. If you have questions, please call 540-338-8290 or email academy@hslda.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Students Will Learn

    • The skills specific to higher level science reading
    • The skills specific to higher level science writing
    • How to apply formal biological vocabulary and the scientific method
    • How to conduct controlled laboratory experiments to observe biological principles
    • How to research using discussion, microscopy, and dissections
    • How to interpret, discuss, and draw conclusions from experimental results
    • How to precisely communicate measurable and accurate observations
    • How to write formal lab reports
  • How much homework is in Biology?

    We estimate that the course workload will take 5-7 hours per week. Students will have 2 weeks to cover a chapter. During a typical week, students will complete the following:

    • 60–90 minutes of live class instruction
    • 10-15 pages of reading
    • 1 short vocabulary activity
    • 1 study guide
    • One or two pre-recorded instructional videos some weeks, 2-5 minutes each
    • Two to four virtual or hands-on lab experiments, 20–30 minutes each
    • Complete a quiz or test on the content of half a chapter
    • Students will also periodically compelte discussion prompts and one scaffolded formal lab report each semester
  • What books will I use in Biology?

    The official booklist for Biology is now available. In the official booklist, you will find information about the editions, book descriptions, and ISBN numbers.

    You can order course materials for competitive prices through the Christianbook.com bookstore. Use the Textbook Finder to locate the required resources for your courses. Please note that while most books are available through Christianbook.com, some titles are not carried and will need to be purchased elsewhere.

  • Prerequisites

    Students should be able to read and write at the 10th grade level. Prior lab experience is not necessary. 

  • What is a Live Online Class Session in Biology?

    In every HSLDA Academy course, students meet weekly with their instructor and classmates in an online classroom for additional teaching, discussion, Q&A, or group activities. The class sessions are interactive and are conducted using a web meeting software with video, audio, chat, and application sharing capabilities.

    Scheduled, real-time sessions in the online classroom are not the only form of instruction available in a HSLDA Online Academy course, but are offered in addition to lectures or other instructional materials that students are able to access online at their convenience.

    When they register, students will need to select a particular class section and live class meeting time. Additional class sections may be added to the schedule at a later point in the course registration period. Registered students will be notified of any changes to the live session schedule.

  • What if I have a schedule conflict with listed Biology class times?

    All live class sessions are recorded for later viewing. While it is recommended that students attend each live class session, students can make arrangements to watch the recordings and receive full participation credit.

    Students should contact their instructor at the start of their course to inform the instructor of any foreseen schedule conflicts.