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Achini Mahawanniarachchi

Grade Level: 10th-12th

Prerequisite: High school level Biology and Algebra I

Class size: Minimum 4/ Maximum 10 students

Supplies: Discovering Design with Chemistry by Dr. Jay L. Wile, ISBN 978-0-9962784-6-1 which can be purchased used or new for $45-$60. Notebook is not necessary.

Materials fee:  $60

This class is a high school level chemistry program. It is a for-credit course with a lab component designed to be the student’s first high school science course. It will help prepare students for college chemistry by providing a detailed introduction and foundation of the methods and concepts of general chemistry. With an emphasis on chemistry vocabulary, this course provides the student with a strong background in the scientific method, and other important basics of chemistry.

“This independent-study, college-preparatory course covers fundamental aspects of chemistry such as the classification of matter, atomic structure, spectroscopy, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, physical change, chemical change, stoichiometry, solutions, ideal gases, acid/base chemistry, reduction/oxidation reactions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium. Weaving together concepts and their mathematical applications, the course teaches students how to think as a chemist so they can analyze the major changes that occur in matter.”

More information on this course from the publisher can be obtained at:

Teaching will be done through discussions and hands-on activities. Essential skills for learning science, such as how to read/analyze a science textbook for facts, how to take notes, and how to write a science lab report will be taught and improved upon throughout this course. Homework: Approximately 3-4 hours of reading, note taking, and studying at home weekly, plus lab work and tests.


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I have four grown children whom I home educated for over 20 years. My sister and I opened a homeschool resource center, bookstore, and co-op for homeschooling families in the Northeast Texas area in 2006. During this time, we served hundreds of families and hosted seminars to guide and encourage families through all the homeschool years with additional assistance for high school students and their parents with college and career preparation and counseling. Currently, I am a College and Career Counselor for a small, private Christian school. I am completing my fifth year in this position and completed my Guidance Counselor Certification in May 2021. I thoroughly enjoy meeting with students and parents and guiding them towards discovery of their unique callings, gifts, talents, aptitudes and skills that inform their future college and career decisions.

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