I dreaded the thought of setting up and conducting chemistry and biology lab experiments in my house for my homeschool children. Science fascinates me, but it is not my forte. So I was thrilled to discover College Prep Science, founded by former college professor and homeschool dad, Greg Landry.
It was my honor to interview Greg, and I’m excited to introduce you to him and his academy in this article.
College Prep Science offers several live online science classes, as well as two day science lab intensives for 7th – 12th grade homeschooled students year round, and a variety of week long summer camps for 6th-12th graders.
Greg, what or who influenced you to pursue a degree in science?
I have just always loved science―even as a youngster I would experiment with mixing things, creating, and figuring out how things worked. And I had some good science teachers in high school.
Greg teaches from a Christian perspective and encourages his students to work toward academic excellence. He teaches them to apply critical thinking to scientific process and life.
When did you become a Christian?
In college, a friend shared the gospel message of salvation through Jesus with me. I knew at that moment it was true and committed my life to Christ. It was a big change in my life and affected many of my relationships, but the Lord was, and is, faithful. To this day I’m so grateful my dear friend followed the Lord’s leading to tell me about Jesus.
Are your online classes, two day Science Lab Intensives and week-long summer camps open to non-Christian students?
Yes, they are open to all.
Greg conducts lab intensives throughout the year in several locations across the Midwest to the Northeast and from the Southwest to the Southeast U.S.A. Students have the opportunity to complete one year of Science labs in two days by attending either Chemistry or Biology/ Anatomy and Physiology Lab Intensives. Students perform an impressive array of lab experiments, learn to collect data appropriately, and prepare and critique college- quality lab reports.
My daughter is not a fan of science classes, but nevertheless enjoyed doing Greg’s two day lab intensives. My son on the other hand, is always scaring me by conducting his own science experiments around our home and enjoys watching science videos online. However, he was not looking forward to what seemed like a daunting amount of work squeezed into just a few days. But he came home excited, eager to do more, and enjoyed Greg and his methods of teaching.
I love nurturing students’ God-given interests, bents, and talents as we illuminate God’s incredible creation that’s all around us—it reveals His glory. —Greg Landry, College Prep Science
The 2018 College Prep Science summer camps were hosted on the campus of Servants in Faith & Technology, a 175 acre training center for missionaries in Lineville, Alabama. The campus includes a simulated third world village, a suspension bridge, a river and pond. Summer camps combine rigorous academics with traditional summer camp fun such as, swimming, sports, hiking and more.
What inspired you to become a online science teacher for homeschoolers and to host science lab intensives and week long summer camps?
My wife and I homeschooled our daughters and I began teaching them and some of their friends. That grew into teaching local groups and eventually online and summer camps and intensives. I’m very grateful to be able to teach!
The Lord has given me a passion for educating and mentoring young people. —Greg Landry, College Prep Science
How do your two day lab intensives compare to the biology and chemistry labs conducted over a year at the average and also at the more rigorous high schools in the USA?
We cover labs that are in depth and breadth beyond what most high schools in the USA cover.
How do students who take your classes perform on the SAT, ACT?
I’m not really able to track that technically but many students I have talked to have done well.
“Hey Mr, Landry, I took the Biology CLEP Test this morning and passed it! Thanks so much for the class! Have a Merry Christmas!”
Are your students well prepared by the education you provide for college level biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry and physics classes?
Yes they are.
We discuss what they need to know about high school academics and successfully handling college academics and how to relate to their professors and peers in college and beyond. We’ll also discuss what they should be doing now to achieve their future goals!
College Prep Science’s chemistry and biology/ anatomy and physiology lab intensives surprised me with how much I learned in such a short period of time. They were informative while still being interesting. The knowledge I gained there has stuck with and helped me through the college biology class I took last semester. —Abigail Colby
I took the chemistry and the biology/ human anatomy and physiology all at once.
Even though I love science, I thought it would be awful, but the classes were taught at a manageable speed. The classes were long but I learned a lot while having fun and I got to meet a bunch of new people. We were involved in the experiments and labs while Professor Landry instructed us rather than sitting in a lecture. Mr. Landry is a fun teacher but knows when to be serious.
—Andrew Colby, 16 yrs., Dual enrolled at the local community college
Does it matter if someone believes in evolution if they believe in God? Why?
This is the age old question. Of course, I believe that first and foremost in importance is our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I also believe that Christians can have wide ranging views on many things and that the Holy Spirit works in our hearts as we grow in our faith.
My concern with the origins of man issue is, does it affect someone’s faith in the Bible as the inerrant word of God?
Do you only teach God as the Creator or do you also teach evolution theories?
I teach both because I believe we need to be prepared to defend what we believe.
Do you have any recommended reading material simple and streamlined enough to engage a middle-schooler and complex enough to stand up to an atheist or evolutionist college professor’s critique?
I believe that the more we understand science the more obvious it is that the universe and everything in it has a Creator.
What is your goal and your long term vision for College Prep Science?
First and foremost to glorify God in all things, serve homeschooling families, and help prepare their children for science and life.
My goal is to teach students to think.
Thank you Greg, for your heart for God, your testimony, and your passion to teach and mentor our children. May God continue to bless you, your family, and all you put your hand to for Him.
Two Semester (full year) Classes Starting January 2019
(Spring & Summer Semesters, January 2019 – August 2019)
– Life Prep Biology (8th-12th)
– Life-Prep Chemistry (9th-12th)
One Semester Classes Starting January 2019 (Spring Semester, January 2019 – May 2019)
– Introduction to Biochemistry / Microbiology (9th-12th)
– Pre-Biology (6th-8th)
– Pre-Anatomy & Physiology (6th-8th)
– Pre-Physics (6th-8th)
– Pre-Chemistry (6th-8th)
One Semester Classes Starting May 2019 (Summer Semester, May 2019 – August 2019)
– Forensic Science & Human Anatomy (7th-12th)
– Intro to Biochemistry / Microbiology (9th-12th)
– Forensic Science & Anatomy (7th-12th)
– Exercise & Sports Physiology (8th-12th)
*Day / time for the following 2019-20 school year will be posted in December
Two Semester Classes (Fall 2019-2020)
-College Prep Biology
-College Prep Chemistry
-Human Anatomy & Physiology
One Semester Classes
-Exercise & Sports Physiology
-Pre-Anatomy & Physiology
Week Long Summer Camps
Information about past and upcoming week long summer camps with College Prep Science can be found here: https://www.collegeprepscience.com/camps
Questions? Please click here to email camp director Greg Landry
List of 2018 week long summer camps:
– Camp Christian Music Jam
– Camp Engineering
– Camp Creative Non-fiction Writing & Book Publishing
– Camp Photography
– Camp Biotechnology & College Science Skills
– Camp Sustainable Appropriate Technologies
– Camp Cosmetology
– Camp Anatomy & Physiology
– Camp Computer Game Programming
Contact Greg Landry & Visit the College Prep Science Website Here: https://www.collegeprepscience.com/
Information week long summer camps with College Prep Science can be found here: https://www.collegeprepscience.com/camps
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