What about labs?

High school biology is traditionally seen as a lab science course. Since students are geographically dispersed there isn't a way to get together for hands on labs under the official auspices of VHSG. However, the course gives lots of lab support for students. The 4 dissections are done on webcam (recorded version for ayop) for the students so they will know how to do them at home on their own. Each module that has labs has a lab walk through lesson where students are walked through the basic steps and get tips. We have a few labs where we suggest different procedures than the text because we have found better methods for the same lab objective. We have also added labs and we have a few online labs and virtual activities that earn lab credit. Most labs are the same as in the text though.

We have all the course labs set to extra credit to give families the maximum control over the labs they opt to do. There is no penalty to skip a lab that way. There are also no due dates.

Co-ops often will run the lab side of the course, so you may want to look into what co-ops in your area are ding for biology. Often students use VHSG for the concepts and tests and their local co-op for the lab side.

Another alternative worth looking in to if you don't want to do labs at home is the Landry Academy Lab Intensive. They have many through the summer in cities throughout the U.S. These one to three day events will do all the labs and then some for a subject. We have a Landry Academy certificate uploader in the top block of the course page. Upload a scan of the certificate for 100 lab extra credit points. To learn more about the lab intensives, go to http://landryacademy.com/intensives/

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