Honors Biology (Pre-AP)

(3 customer reviews)

From: $94.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 11th–12th

Live class: Wednesdays 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST

Course dates: August 26th-April 30th

Price: $675

Instructor: Dr. Terri Kanner

Instructor email: terri.kanner@gmail.com

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Course Description

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This live online honors biology class for homeschool students is designed to provide a survey of the basic concepts of biology. Students will be introduced to cells, heredity, DNA structure and function, classification, ecology, and many other topics including the anatomy and physiology of plants and animals. It is designed to provide an opportunity to explore various topics of biology with a focus on how these topics play an essential role in everyday life. Students will investigate the basic form and function of the vast number of organisms on earth and will consider the interactions among them. Biotechnology and how it impacts human health and daily life will also be explored.

Students will engage in investigations that incorporate scientific reasoning and analysis to understand and explain the behavior of living things. Beyond gaining fundamental knowledge about the facts, concepts, and theories of biology, the goal is for students to be able to effectively communicate and use their knowledge of biology to enrich their lives and the lives of others.

Topics explored in Biology will be explored in greater depth to prepare students for the rigor of AP Biology and/or college biology.

Course Structure

Classes meet live once a week for 55 minutes and are recorded. A recording of the class will be posted within 24 hours of the class meeting.

Each week assignments and a guided notes document will be posted on the course website. Students will be required to read the text and complete and submit the guided notes. They may also, depending on the topic, be asked to complete a lab (virtual or hands-on or both) and/or activity. Separate postings and submission links will be posted for all additional activities and labs.

Students should expect to spend 2 – 3.5 hours on Honors Biology. In general, students will complete one chapter/week. Students will write at least two formal lab reports. No formal papers are required.

Who should enroll?

Prerequisite – biology or related coursework. This course is suggested for students interested in majoring in science or medical-related fields. Students in grades 11–12 are welcome to enroll – no application is necessary. Enrollment of advanced 9th and 10th grade students will be considered – contact me via email.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • Scanner or a scan App such as Turbo Scan

Evaluation and Feedback

Student work will generally be evaluated and scored based on completeness, timeliness, accuracy and effort. Students will be given an opportunity to correct submitted work and improve their score as long as an initial reasonable attempt was made and it was submitted on time. Work will be graded within one week of submission. If students need help, a private recorded Zoom chat can be arranged for one-one assistance.

Student communication will be through Canvas – assignment feedback and email.


Parents may contact me before and/or after registration. However, during the school year I prefer that parents let their student handle communicating with me with regard to class work. The “art of communicating with the teacher” needs to be learned early and repeatedly reinforced prior to college. Parents, however, are welcome to contact me regarding all other topics.


Required Texts

Required Text: Miller, Kenneth R, and Joseph S. Levine. Prentice Hall Biology. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2008. Print. (Dragonfly edition) ISBN-13: 978-0132013499
Lab supplies – list to be provided at beginning of each semester (all supplies are easy and inexpensive to obtain).

3 reviews for Honors Biology (Pre-AP)

  1. Alexa W.

    This class was incredible! I was really nervous to take this class at first because it was honors level. I never thought that I would be able to actually understand such complex things, but I was! Also, I have never taken or even seen a class that uses guided notes, but they are so helpful. They point out the information that you need to focus on so you don’t go memorizing things you don’t need to know. I’m going to miss this class next year. 🙁

  2. Luke

    This is a great class. I loved learning from Dr. Kanner. The class was fun, informative, and entertaining. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to take biology next year. Dr. Kanner did a very good job of explaining all the topics we learned about from animal behavior to photosynthesis, and everything in between. The assignments were perfectly balanced between fun and challenging. Dr. Kanner always responded quickly to any question I had. Dr. Kanner also added lessons and information to respond to the coronavirus pandemic so that we could better understand what was happening in the world around us. Honors Biology was my favorite course this year!

  3. Leigh Stern

    I took Dr. Kanner’s class in the 2017-2018 school year, and was very pleased. Looking for someone who would continue my love of biology as I remember liking it in Middle School, Dr. Kanner certainly did keep us engaged and interested in the material. The use of a college-level textbook helped in keeping the material serious as well as offering as much information as one could possibly want on the subject, and I also very much appreciated the periodic quizzes that we took to make sure our understanding of the material was solid. I especially liked doing the labs since they were formulated for an AP class and thus were quite engaging while also being a challenge. Although they all took some time to complete (I usually spent a minimum of 2 to 2.5 hours on any given lab), I felt that my understanding of the subject increased after I had completed my reports. Dr. Kanner always was quick to respond and helpful in answering any questions that I might have. As I decided against taking the Biology SAT subject test I couldn’t say whether or not this class would have prepared me for it. However, what I can state with absolute certainty is that if you want a class where the teacher continually brings in real-world examples into any subject you study, makes you genuinely excited for each upcoming class, and makes you feel entirely confident in tackling the homework assignments, then this is definitely a fantastic class. I would absolutely recommend it.

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Instructor Bio

Dr. Terri Kanner

Dr. Kanner received a BS in Biology from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University. Following post-graduate work at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., she practiced full-time in Silver Spring Maryland. Dr. Kanner took a sabbatical from dentistry to homeschool her two children. In 2010, Dr. Kanner launched a career in online science education teaching AP Biology through PA Homeschoolers.  In addition to teaching online courses, Dr. Kanner also maintains an active adjunct professor status in the greater Boston area at colleges including Northeastern University, Regis College and Massasoit Community College. Her course offerings include Biology, Biology for Engineers, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Chemistry.  She is particularly passionate about helping students to understand and appreciate how science directly affects their everyday life.

Email: kanner.terri@gmail.com

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