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General Biology | 2023-24

Blue Tent Biology

This live online General Biology class will provide upper-middle school or high school homeschoolers with a foundation in fundamental biological concepts and will introduce them to investigative scientific methods and lab work.


Students will meet live with their instructor and classmates for 90 minutes once a week, and with the use of online tools and interactive resources, this course will offer a diverse array of print, digital, and live learning options.

Class Details

  • General Biology is a full-year lab-science class.

    • Interested in an HONORS Biology class? Look HERE.​

  • Tuition: $700

  • Instructor: Bekah Hilton

  • Dates: August 21, 2023 to May 5, 2024

    • See our FAQ for a complete list of days, times, and breaks.

  • Weekly Live Class: Wednesday 4-5:30 p.m. Eastern

  • Grade level: 8th and up

    • For age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and class-fit recommendations for all classes, please see our FAQ page.

  • Class size 15-20

  • Course materials are listed HERE.

  • Format: Students share an interactive online classroom throughout the year and meet once a week live on Zoom.

    • Students who attend live classes are requested to keep their webcams on and participate.

    • Live classes will be recorded for those who miss classes or prefer to watch later.

  • CA students: this course is a-g approved if taken through some homeschool charters. See our FAQ.​

  • All Blue Tent science courses are NCAA-approved.


Labs and Virtual Dissections

To reinforce concepts and kindle an interest in the topics that will be studied, a variety of labs--both hands-on and virtual--will allow students to explore and apply their learning to real-world circumstances as they make observations, construct hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and formalize conclusions.​​

  • Detailed dissections will be completed 100% virtually with the aid of eMind software.

  • Dissecting a variety of specimens will allow students to closely examine the inner workings of different species and will contribute to the identification and understanding of each of the human body’s systems.

A Variety of Core and Supplemental Resources

Students will be using the 2020 McGraw-Hill Inspire Biology textbook, and the instructor will utilize McGraw-Hill interactive learning resources and activities that are closely paired with the text. An ebook is a part of the digital resources that students will have access to in this class, and a hard-copy of the textbook can be purchased or borrowed through Blue Tent OnLoan.

  • Topics that will be thoroughly covered include cell biology, genetics, ecology, diversity, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates and human biology. 

  • The text supplements will include videos, models, infographics, and activities that will instruct, explain, and reinforce scientific phenomena and help students explore and solve scientific problems.

Collaborate and Enjoy!

In their online Moodle classroom, students will interact and collaborate with their instructor and peers every week. Blue Tent Biology is designed to be a class where homeschoolers will enjoy sharing, comparing, and learning with class friends.

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