|Biology Honor||6/14 to 7/28||2:00-4:00pm||$850/14 sessions||T / Th|
|AP Biology||6/14 to 7/28||4:00 to 6:00 pm||$920/14 sessions||T / Th||Campbell|
|USABO||6/15 to 8/17||2:00 to 4:00pm||$700/10 sessions||W(summer)/Sat.(fall)||Campbell|
|SAT II Biology||7/06 to 9/24||6:00 to 8:30pm||$900/12 sessions||W(summer)/Sat. (fall)||Barron SAT II|
Biology Honors class (for 6th-9th graders)
Meeting twice a week throughout the summer, this class is designed for students with little to no biology background, preparing them for high school biology classes. This class will teach the same level of biology as the 9th grade classes in public schools and some private middle schools. Students will leave with prepared, with a complete, in-depth understanding of high school biology and honors biology topics. The students will even conduct some experiments and submit lab reports.Textbook: Biology by Kenneth R. Miller
AP biology class
Meeting twice a week throughout the summer, this class will preview the entire AP Biology course as laid out by the College Board, with a special emphasis on the most challenging chapters (photosynthesis, cell signaling, etc).
(The class is appropriate for students who have already completed a HS-level science course or that are highly motivated.)
Students will leave with a complete, in-depth understanding of all required AP Biology concepts. (Those who are self-studying for the exam will still need to practice and review, but they will have a complete basic understanding of all required concepts.)
All past students have received a 4 or a 5 on their exams, even 9th graders and self-studiers.
Bio SAT II class
Are you ready for the October 1st SAT II Biology exam?
This class will help you prepare by reviewing every single subject necessary for the exam according to the College Board. We will use practice questions from multiple sources and complete >5 practice exams before test date.
Recommended books: Campbell biology (any edition), Barons SATII Biology test prep. (A biology background such as Freshman Biology is highly recommended.)
This class is for first-time USABO competition students who are highly motivated.
As recommended by the USABO organization, we will be covering every single chapter in the Campbell biology book (the official book of the competition), beginning in summer and continuing throughout the fall semester. (Yes, this means you will also be fully prepared for the AP Bio and SATII bio.)
By beginning so early, we will not be too rushed, but students should still invest 2-5 hours every week reading and reviewing materials outside of class. (SpringLight will also offer a “cram” class over winter break, and an in-depth “taking all the exams from previous years” class in Jan-Feb, 2017.)
Our previous students have been extremely successful:
*all our students scored above 20 on the regional (the cutoff for nationals was 23.88)
*50% of our students made it to semifinals
*2 of our students have made it to finals (top 20 in the US)
Instructor Mrs. Webster: With over 10 years of tutoring and editing experience, Mrs. Webster teaches biology, test prep, and writing(including application writing). Funny, articulate, and knowledgeable, she is often called “the best teacher” by her students.
Mrs. Webster’s students have been very successful indeed: her application-writing students have been accepted to Ivy League schools; her USABO students have made it to nationals; her ACT students have achieved dramatic, 10 point increases in their scores—and sometimes even perfect scores.
Raised by Jewish tiger parents, Mrs. Webster was a National Merit Scholar, receiving 1560/1600 on her SATs and 5’s on her APs. Funded by a 30 thousand dollar writing scholarship, she earned a BS in biology with a minor in studio art from Lake Forest College, IL. She then studied neuroscience at UAB and received an MS in biomedical science.