Science (Elementary & Middle School)

Tutor: 
Rebecca Doyle
beckyballard@me.com
812.989.9315

“I have taught school or tutored students for 14 years now and everyday my passion grows to work with children and their great minds. I have lived here in Collierville for 9 years now but have lived in 8 states and Sevilla, Spain. These wonderful experiences have helped me grow and learn about various places and meet many wonderful people. I am from the great state of Indiana originally and after obtaining my bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University, I was off to Texas to start my teaching career. I am a hands on teacher as I believe that living through the subject being taught will keep the students both interested and curious which will create great retention of knowledge. When I am not teaching children, I am teaching aerobics at Lifetime Fitness and hanging out with my beautiful family. I am married to a wonderful man and together we have 4 teenagers which keeps life very fun and exciting! I am very blessed by my tutor position here at Community. Come see how fun Science can be!


Elementary Science
Recommended for 3th - 5th grade students


The astronomy series takes students on to the farthest reaches of God's creation with many hands on activities to help young scientists retain what they learn. Students will be introduced to the wonders of our solar system, including stars, planets, dwarf planets, the astroid belt and the Kupler belt as well as galaxies, nebulae, and even black holes. This popular class is a fun way to learn and will fill quickly!
Students will need a textbook for classroom use. A CD-ROM will not suffice for the purposes of this class.

Tuition:
$375* per year. Payment in 1 or 2 postdated checks to Becky Ballard for July 1 and October 1 due upon registration.
Non-Refundable after July 1 

Deposit/ Supply Fee:
$75 Non-refundable. 

Curriculum may be purchased at Gateway Curriculum Center for a discount when enrolled in classes at Community!

*All fees are nonrefundable after July 1st unless a class does not meet the minimum requirement of students. Please check with individual tutors about their minimum requirements per class.



Middle School Science (with Apologia General Science)

The Apologia General Science curriculum is designed for a minimum of 36 weeks. It is our desire to cover all the material intentionally in order to prepare students for the high school science courses ahead. While designing our middle school science program, we reached out to several trusted resources with science education backgrounds and researched the way general science is taught with other curricula. We found that most often it is covered over two academic years with an emphasis on Physical Science for one year and Life Science for another.  The end result is an excellent curriculum with the additional depth and time desired to cover the material in the most thorough way. The best of both worlds for our Community students

Physical Science emphasis
Recommended for 6th - 8th grade students
Wednesday at 11:30a

This course is a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences, covering such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, human anatomy and physiology. This course is an excellent preparation for high school sciences and will be divided into a 2 year program with Year A and Year B (offered 2 different times in 2016-2017). The required text will be used for Year A and Year B, incorporating unit studies, in-class experiments and group projects around the modules in the curriculum as well as a yearly science fair. 

These courses are designed to flow one into the other but can also serve as a stand-alone. 



Students will need a textbook for classroom use. A CD-ROM will not suffice for the purposes of this class.

Tuition:
$375* per year. Payment in 1 or 2 postdated checks to Becky Ballard for July 1 and October 1 due upon registration.
Non-Refundable after July 1  

Deposit/ Supply Fee:
$75 Non-refundable. 

Curriculum may be purchased at Gateway Curriculum Center for a discount when enrolled in classes at Community!

*All fees are nonrefundable after July 1st unless a class does not meet the minimum requirement of students. Please check with individual tutors about their minimum requirements per class.

"I could not be more pleased with our son’s learning and development in the area of science under Rebecca Ballard in the General Science course. Our son is challenged weekly & happy about it. He is excited about science and looks forward to this class. Every week, he “downloads” to us all the great things he learned and is learning."
~ Josh, Community parent



Life Science emphasis
Recommended for 6th - 8th grade students
Monday AND Wednesday at 1:15p

This course is a student’s first systematic introduction to the sciences, covering such topics as the scientific method, designing experiments, simple machines, archaeology, geology, paleontology, biology, and human anatomy and physiology. This course is an excellent preparation for high school sciences and will be divided into a 2 year program with Year A and Year B. The required text will be used for Year A and Year B, incorporating unit studies, in-class experiments and group projects around the modules in the curriculum as well as a yearly science fair. 

These courses are designed to flow one into the other but can also serve as a stand-alone. 

Required Text:
Students will need a textbook for classroom use. A CD-ROM will not suffice for the purposes of this class.

Tuition:
$375* per year. Payment in 1 or 2 postdated checks to Becky Ballard for July 1 and October 1 due upon registration.
Non-Refundable after July 1 

Deposit/ Supply Fee:
$75 Non-refundable. 

Curriculum may be purchased at Gateway Curriculum Center for a discount when enrolled in classes at Community!

*All fees are nonrefundable after July 1st unless a class does not meet the minimum requirement of students. Please check with individual tutors about their minimum requirements per class.

"As the homeschool mom of a middle schooler that loves Science, I want him to have the best, most positive experience with study. Not rushing through a large volume is both cost- effective for me and helps my student to digest the curriculum."
 ~ Beth, Community parent



We offer convenient ONLINE registration HERE!


Tuition payment arrangements must be made with individual tutors.
A nonrefundable Early Registration fee of $50 per student will be paid directly to Community (max. $150 per family) via online registration.
Registration is $60 per person after May 31st (max. $180 per family).

NOTE: Registration is not complete until registration fees and tutor supply/material fees* are paid at our Open House. Registrations after Open House are to be completed with all fees paid to tutors within two weeks of online registration in order to avoid restarting the registration process.

*All fees are nonrefundable after July 1st.


Community Tutors are contracted to serve as enrichment tutors alongside a comprehensive home education program.
Grade reporting is the responsibility of the student's parent or guardian.


Note: Community is not an umbrella school and recommends the students of Community be registered with a home education umbrella school.