Chemistry

Duration: Full year (September, October, November, January, February, March, and April)

Required Materials: All materials provided; to do labs at home, you will have to purchase supplies. (A list will be sent to you each month.)

Recommendations: High school students who are reasonably comfortable with basic algebra will get the most out of this lab science class.

Instructor: Suzanne Rezelman. Suzanne teaches high school science at the Academy. Feel free to contact her with questions about this class.


Our chemistry class is designed for students who want to explore the ideas and philosophy of chemistry, thinking critically and deeply about the atomic model, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, and the phases of matter. With lots of hands-on experiments to explore big questions and an emphasis on building a nuanced understanding of how chemistry works, this class moves slowly and thoughtfully through the history of chemistry thinking, opting for open-ended inquiry over lists of definitions and practice problems. This is a chemistry class for students who love the ideas behind science.