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“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Ps 19:1) In this high school level astronomy course, we will study all the celestial objects of our solar system, as well as stars, galaxies, and space travel. We will learn about the physical laws that govern the celestial objects, and gain practical knowledge such as how to determine one’s location using the stars in the night sky. We will also study some historical background to understand the academic and investigative paths taken to gain our current understanding of the universe. Since astronomy is an observational science, there are multiple observational lab exercises integrated throughout the course. These lab exercises will be a combination of online computer simulations of experiments, in-class data analysis using observational data provided, and at-home experiments and observations conducted by the students using common objects and materials.

Notes and Requirements
Grade Levels*:
10, 11, 12
(* Determined by Date of Birth and declared Grad Year. Enrollment outside these grade levels requires written concurrence from TPS Support.)

Lab Work: Lab exercises reinforce the concepts covered in the class and provide a hands-on learning experience with the course content. However, this course does not have sufficient lab work to fulfill the requirements of a high school “lab science”. It is strongly recommended that the student complete both required high school lab sciences (Biology and Chemistry) prior to this course that does not fulfil a “lab science” requirement.

Reviews from Students and Parents

“I really enjoyed this class, especially the first section about the celestial sphere. I’ve always had some serious misconceptions about astronomy that this class dispelled. Starting from the first class, every class taught me so much. The course is more fun if you can actually look at the stars and planets in the night sky, but you can see the moon pretty much anywhere and that is the most exciting part of it. Textbooks were very informative, and the teacher did a great job explaining it with images and simulations. Excellent science class I would definitely recommend.”

Joseph B

“This class is interesting and informative. What I really appreciated about this class is the focus on not only astronomy but also on apologetics. It is taught from a Christian worldview.”

Katherynn P