Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do you have a statement of faith?
Yes, we do:
-There is one God who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
-Jesus Christ is true God and true man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died upon the cross and all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood. He arose from the dead according to the Scriptures.
-The Holy Spirit is a divine person sent to convict men of sin, and to indwell, guide, teach and empower the believer.
-The Bible (Old and New Testaments), without error as originally given, were inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men. They constitute the divine and only rule of Christian faith and life.
-Man was originally created in the image and likeness of God. He fell through disobedience. All men are born with a sinful nature, and separated from the life of God, and can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
-Salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ and those who repent and believe in Him are born of the Holy Spirit, receive the gift of eternal life, and become the children of God.
2. Do you talk about God in your intensives, online classes, etc.?
3. Is it okay for students who aren't Christians to attend your events?
Yes, all students are welcomed.
4. Are your intensives, classes etc. taught from a Christian / young Earth Creationist worldview?
Yes, they are, and we also teach students to think critically, to reason, to think through issues. They should be able to defend what they believe.
5. Does that mean they're less rigorous classes?
No, quite the contrary - they are very challenging courses.
6. Do you issue a "certificate of completion" to students?
Yes, we do for lab intensives. For online classes students receive a final grade for the class in their gradebook online.
7. If a family has Landry credit can they use it to pay part of the fee for intensives or online classes?
Yes, If your family has Landry credit and would like to use it to cover part of the fee for lab intensives and online classes, please email Greg for instructions. Please include your name, city, and state with "Landry credit"
in the subject line.
8. What's your refund policy?
For Science Lab Intensives nationwide:
- The lab intensive fee is refundable at 75% until 90 days prior to the intensive. After that there is no refund but we will issue a voucher to attend another intensive.
For Online Classes:
- The online class fee is refundable at 75% until 90 days prior to the first class. From then through the first week of classes, the class fee is refundable at 50% or we can give you a voucher for another class that can be used anytime by any of your children. After the first week of classes there is no refund.
9. You offer two types of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics online classes; "Life Prep" and "College Prep" - what's the difference?
"Life prep" Biology, Chemistry, and Physics online classes are standard high school level classes that are less rigorous than our "college prep" classes and are specifically designed to be interesting and appealing to "non-science" students - students who are either; 1) not going to be science majors in college, or 2) are not planning on going to college. It gives students a firm foundation and basic understanding of the subject. It prepares them for life - to move into adulthood with a keen understanding and appreciation of God's magnificent creation! It is similar in intensity to a standard public or private high school class
The depth, breadth, and pedagogy of many college-prep Biology, Chemistry, and Physics classes leaves many "non-science" students frustrated, uninterested, and ultimately learning very little. I find that students in this situation often miss the big picture and they don't have an overall understanding of the subject matter that is so critical in these sciences. They can't see the forest because they're lost in the trees. Our "life prep" classes enable students to see the forest and will allow them to learn science through the lens of their God-given interests and talents.
10. Should a student attend an in-person Biology / Anatomy & Physiology lab intensive or Chemistry Lab Intensive while they're taking the class, or before or after they take the class?
An in-person Biology / Anatomy & Physiology lab intensive can be attended:
- Before a student takes Biology
- While a student is taking Biology
- Or after a student has taken Biology
When taking Biology / Anatomy & Physiology classes after attending our Lab Intensive, the class material will be much easier to comprehend - because students already understand the application of what they're learning in classes. For students who have taken Biology / Anatomy & Physiology classes prior to our Lab Intensive, these labs will bring their book knowledge to life.
An in-person Chemistry lab intensive can be attended:
- Before a student takes Chemistry
- While a student is taking Chemistry
- Or after a student has taken Chemistry
When taking a Chemistry class after attending our Lab Intensive, the class material will be much easier to comprehend - because students already understand the application of what they're learning in classes. For students who have taken a Chemistry class prior to our Lab Intensive, these labs will bring their book knowledge to life.
11. Which Biology curriculum does your in-person Biology / Anatomy & Physiology lab intensive complement?
Not any specific one. Our Biology lab intensive is a general mixture of labs and is appropriate to use with any Biology textbook or curriculum you're using.
12. Which Chemistry curriculum does your in-person Chemistry lab intensive complement?
Not any specific one. Our Chemistry lab intensive is a general mixture of labs and is appropriate to use with any Chemistry textbook or curriculum you're using.
13. Do students need any special equipment to attend your online classes?
No, just a good internet connection.
14. Are students required to attend your online classes at the live time?
No. While we do encourage students to attend the live class when possible, they are not required to. They are not penalized in any way for not attending the live classes, but they should watch the class recording every week. The class recording is posted to the student's class page within 3 hours after the live class and is available to students 24/7. We have many students who, because of schedule conflicts, are not able to attend some or all live classes.
15. Do your online classes include labs?
Yes. We use a high quality virtual lab service (we subscribe to it - there is no cost to students) that allows students to perform very realistic labs online. Most public schools now use virtual labs. Students are able to actually perform tasks in the lab - It's a very realistic experience for students who are able to experience and participate in many labs not typically possible before college for high school students. Students are able to virtually pour liquids and chemicals, light burners, move things in the lab, weigh things, measure temperatures, record results, etc.
16. For students taking your online Biology or Chemistry class, do they also need to attend the two day Biology or Chemistry lab intensive?
No they don't - the virtual labs / lab reports we do as part of the online class are very sufficient. However, for students who want extra lab experience, particularly students who may be college science majors, they may also want to attend the two day lab intensive.
17. Do you have an academic calendar for the 2019-20 school year?
We offer two academic semesters through the typical homeschool year and also a summer semester:
- Fall Semester: Early September - Mid December
- Spring Semester: Mid January - Early May
- Summer Semester: Mid May - Mid August
Fall 2019 Semester Schedule
Classes begin week of September 9, 2019
Fall break week of October 14, 2019
Thanksgiving break week of November 25, 2019
Final week of fall classes week of December 16, 2019
Spring 2020 Semester Schedule
Classes begin week of January 20, 2020
Spring break week of March 2, 2020
Easter break week of April 6, 2020
Final exams May 1, 2020
Summer 2020 Semester Schedule
Classes begin May 13, 2020
Independence Day break July 1, 2020
Final classes August 12, 2020