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General Biology | 24-25

Blue Tent Biology

This live online General Biology class will provide upper-middle school and high school homeschoolers with a foundation in fundamental biological concepts and will introduce them to investigative scientific methods and lab work. Topics covered include cell biology, genetics, ecology, diversity, plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, and human biology.


  • Live Class: Students will meet live with their instructor and classmates for 75 minutes once a week to discuss topics covered in weekly lessons, collaborate with their classmates, and ask questions.

  • Optional Live Study Halls: In addition to the live class, the instructor will offer a live study hall every other Thursday from 1-3 p,m, Eastern. Students can utilize thestudy hall in two ways:

    • Drop in. They can drop in to a Zoom study hall at any time for a quick question.

    • Homework time. They can log in to a Zoom study hall--with microphones muted and videos on or off--to work on their any science homework, and then unmute to get immediate help when questions arise.

Class Details

  • General Biology | Traditional, full-year, live, lab-science class

  • Tuition & Fees:

    • Tuition: $725

    • Digital Resources Fee: $45 (includes the course ebook)

    • Custom Lab Kit: $60

    • See all required class resources HERE.

  • Instructor: Bekah Hilton

  • Dates: August 19, 2024 to May 4, 2025​

  • Weekly Live ClassesTuesdays @ 1-2:15 p.m. Eastern

  • Optional Live Study Hall: every other Thursday @ 1-3 p.m. Eastern

  • Grade level: 8th and up (13+)

  • Class size 15-20

  • See our FAQ for:

    • age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and class-fit recommendations

    • a complete list of class days, times, and breaks

    • a list of CA charter schools where this course is a-g approved

  • Format:

    • Students share an interactive online classroom and meet live on Zoom.

    • Students who attend live classes will be expected to keep their webcams on and participate.

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

  • Average weekly time estimate:​ 5-7 hours, including recorded and live instruction

  • 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 hands-on and virtual labs 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.​​

  • While most labs will be hands-on, dissections will be completed 100% virtually.

  • 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.

Core and Supplemental Resources

Your digital resources fee includes:

  • An ebook of McGraw-Hill's Inspire Biology (2020)

  • McGraw-Hill interactive resources that are aligned with the text, such as videos, models, and infographics

  • eMind software for virtual dissections

Collaborate and Enjoy!

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

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