General Chemistry   - Susan Marston
10th or 11th grade
2 Days per Week​
$55/Month; $30 supply fee for the year ​
Text: TBD

​​​Required Calculator: TI-30 equivalent or above

Contact: sqrtlym@gmail.com​​





​Prerequisite
: Algebra I (and preferably Alg.2) - Understanding algebraic concepts is mandatory.

Modules cover ​atoms and molecules, chemical equations, atomic and molecular structure, acids and base, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction reactions and more.  Students will be expected to ​read and outline the book, do problems, quizzes and in-class and take home exams, ​perform experiments, and write informal and formal labs as well as do one research paper and one project. 

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Advanced Chemistry - Rick Sward
10th or 11th grade                    
2 Days per Week​
$55/Month; $30 supply fee for the year
​Texts: Exploring Creation with Chemistry (2nd Edition), by Jay P. Wile, Ph.D. with solution manual (Can only be bought used. This edition is out of print.)

​Contact: ​​ rs54613@gmail.com


This is an advanced chemistry course. Course will include labs and reports and students will be required to keep a lab notebook. There will be one research project. There will be review for the AP exam included in this course. 


​Prerequisite: Algebra I and preferably Algebra II 



​​Mr. Sward holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (New York Polytechnic Institute) and a Master's Degree in Physics (SUNY at New Paltz). He has had a total of 34 years in industry, having been a factory worker rebuilding automobile parts, a materials development technician in the flame spray industry, and an engineer for the semiconductor industry, mostly building computer chips. Since 2010 he has taught Physics courses at J Sargeant Reynolds Community College.

"I like teaching Physics and Math and I like to help people learn. Also, I think that it is important that many people become skilled in math and physics, and that others get some experience in the kind of thinking that is used in those subjects, even if they later apply it to something else. I also know that each student is different and comes into a class with different strengths. I like to work with students knowing that the next appropriate step might be a little different for each one."​​

MS General Science ​- Hope Cumbia
7th or 8th grade
2 Days per Week
$55/Month; $30 supply fee for the year

Text: Apologia's Exploring Creation with General Science, 2nd Edition by Jay P. Wile, Ph. D (Order the text and solutions set. Optional purchases: Companion CD-ROM, MP3 Audio CD, and Student Workbook)​  **Order through www.childsbooks.com, pick up at the homeschool convention in June at Children's Books, or get at a used curriculum sale.

Contact: allenandhope@yahoo.com (Please include "Arete General Science" in the subject.)​​​​

​This course is designed to be a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences. This is a middle school course that covers such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology and human anatomy and physiology. The students will learn to write up their lab experiments as they complete the many hands on experiments through out the text. This is an excellent class to prepare middle school students for high school level sciences in regards to thinking, testing and working through experiments.


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Physical Science - Hope Cumbia
8th or 9th grade
2 Days per Week
$55/Month; $30 supply fee for the year

Text: Apologia's Exploring Creation with Physical Science, 2nd Edition by Jay Wile, Ph. D (Order the text and solutions set.Optional purchases: Companion CD-ROM and MP3 Audio CD)​ **Order through www.childsbooks.com, pick up at the homeschool convention in June at Children's Books, or get at a used curriculum sale.

Contact: ​​allenandhope@yahoo.com (Please include "Arete Physical Science" in the subject.)​​​​
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​This course provides a detailed introduction to the physical environment and some of the basic laws that make it work. The fairly broad scope of the course provides the student with a good understanding of the earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. It also covers details on weather, motion, Newton’s Laws, gravity, the solar system, atomic structure, radiation, nuclear reactions, stars and galaxies. A lab is included in this course. This should be the last course the student takes before high school biology. It is recommended that the student take this course during the same year or after they are taking pre-algebra. This course does give the student high school credit for a science and lab.

Hope Cumbia homeschooled her four daughters for 19 years. She has a B.S. in Education from Oklahoma Baptist University and has taught and substituted in the public arena. She has given year end evaluations for homeschooled students for the past 18 years. ​

"I feel blessed and honored to be a part of Arete while helping home-educating parents prepare their teens for high school level subjects. I look forward to coming alongside students and parents while teaching and encouraging during the journey."​​

Biology I - Susan Marston       
**NOTE: Due to high demand, this course will be offered at two different blocks in 2019-20. 
10th grade (possibly 9th--see prerequisite)
2 Days per Week

Prerequisite: Ready for high school science and has at least a 10th grade reading ability. Exceptions made on a case by case basis.  This is a first year course in biology. Class will include basic biology including some dissection and microscopy.

$55/Month; $20 supply fee for the year

​Text:
Exploring Creation with Biology by Jay P. Wile, Ph.D.
Text only 
(needed prior to the first day of class) *Please do not purchase the Tests and Solutions manual. 

Contact: sqrtlym@gmail.com​​

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Susan Marston has been a homeschooling parent/teacher for many years. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Mary Washington College. Susan has held positions with Proctor's Creek Waste Water Treatment Plant, San-J International, and Coca-Cola as a lab technician, and a Quality Control/Research and Development Manager.

Since the graduation of her two daughters, Susan has taught several other homeschooled students from her area. She has experience in teaching a wide variety of subjects, but has concentrated mainly on Spanish I, II, and III, Science (Biology, Physical Science, Anatomy/Physiology), Pre-​​Algebra, Algebra I, and Algebra II.

Forensic Science- Mona Bausone
High School                    
1 Day per Week​ (4 hour class block)
$55/Month; $30 copy fee for the year
Texts: TBD
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The class is designed around authentic performance assessments with students working in teams to solve crimes using scientific knowledge and reasoning. It involves all areas of science including biology, anatomy, chemistry, physics, and earth science with an emphasis in complex reasoning and critical thinking. In addition, students must incorporate the use of technology, communication skills, language arts, art, family and consumer science, mathematics, social studies and put it all together to find out “whodunit.”



​​Mona Bausone is a homeschooling mom of three who has been training adults for over 15 years in software and soft skills for the last seven. She is MOS (formerly MOUS) certified in Office 2000, but currently teaches all versions up to version 2013 to adults at various computer schools in Richmond. As an independent consultant she has built databases, written manuals and trained clients such as US Navy and other government officials. Through the years, companies have recognized her ability to help today's adults with their writing, management, and interpersonal skills. She is an industry published author, has worked on several ​​official historical projects, and other research assignments. Although teaching for corporations has been a blessing by allowing her to be at home with her children, Mona hears the Father's call to serve the children and families of other homeschoolers so that they are prepared for the future as knowledgeable and faith-filled leaders on earth.



​​Physics    - Rick Sward         Not offered in 2019-20
11-12th grade 
1 Day per Week​ (3-hour block includes lab)

​Prerequisite: Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry

$55/Month; $30 supply fee for the year​​​

Text: TBD​​

Contact: ​​ rs54613@gmail.com

This course teaches the principles of physics using a non-calculus level of math. It is important to use high school algebra, geometry, and trigonometry in the class. Upon completing the class, students will be able to explain the principles of physics that are introduced, apply them to solve quantitative problems, answer conceptual questions about their meaning and implications. The highest priority is to relate the motion of objects to the forces acting on them using Newton's Laws and the concepts of energy and momentum.

​​We'll also work on other topics such as vibrations, waves, sound, optics, electromagnetism, and thermal physics. We'll briefly apply physics to understand some of the properties and behavior of materials, and also take a brief look at some of the concepts of physics that were new to the 20th century. To learn the material we'll use discussions, demonstrations, readings, labs, and guided and independent exploration and practice assignments. The student will sometimes need access to a computer outside of class for posted information and for assignments that use Excel and internet simulations. If computer access is a concern, please contact me, we can work around that if necessary. 



Mr. Sward holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (New York Polytechnic Institute) and a Master's Degree in Physics (SUNY at New Paltz). He has had a total of 34 years in industry, having been a factory worker rebuilding automobile parts, a materials development technician in the flame spray industry, and an engineer for the semiconductor industry, mostly building computer chips. Since 2010 he has taught Physics courses at J Sargeant Reynolds Community College. 

"I like teaching Physics and Math and I like to help people learn. Also, I think that it is important that many people become skilled in math and physics, and that others get some experience in the kind of thinking that is used in those subjects, even if they later apply it to something else. I also know that each student is different and comes into a class with different strengths. I like to work with students knowing that the next appropriate step might be a little different for each one."​​