Life Science

This course covers topics in life science at a middle school level, including: cells and living organisms, animals and plants, heredity and classification, and the environment.

Course Description

In general, this course is meant to be a survey of several topics in a Life Science course. As such, it does not have the necessary depth for a high school level Life Science course. High school credit, therefore, is not available for this middle school Life Science course. This course prepares students well for high school biology. In general, this course should be completed at some point during the middle school years whether that be in 6th, 7th, or even 8th grade. No particular math skills are needed for successful completion of this course.

Course Expectations

Students taking this course are expected to complete daily assignments, periodic exams and quizzes.  

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course. In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

Course Texts
  • Microorganisms, Fungi, and Plants, Short Course A*, Holt Science and Technology
  • Animals, Short Course B*, Holt Science and Technology
  • Cells, Heredity, and Classification, Short Course C*, Holt Science and Technology
  • Environmental Science, Short Course E*, Holt Science and Technology
  • Kolbe Academy Holt Science Answer Key - Digital copy provided with self-paced course. Optional physical copy available for purchase under the Life Science "Optional Material" section in the Kolbe Bookstore.



*Textbook available in Kolbe Bookstore are gently used.

Course Details:

NOTE:  This self-paced course will be available in its new format by August 22, 2017.  It is still available in it's original format.  If you are interested in the original version, please call Kolbe at 707-255-6499 to inquire.  

Should you purchase the original and want to update to the new course, you can do so by paying the remaining difference in price for the new version.

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

6 - 8 (6th or 7th) 

Video Presenter

Mrs. Still



Self-Paced Plus Grading Assistance


Self-Paced Companion Course

Math 7 with Pre-Algebra

Online Companion Courses

Math 7 with Pre-Algebra

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