Are Apology Science Textbooks Rigorous Enough for College Students? Sure, they’re popular with homeschoolers, but how GOOD are they as science books?
Apology is a very rigorous college preparatory series. I usually don’t recommend a specific curriculum, because I know it’s more about “fitting in” than it is about a textbook. However, when it comes to science, I have been so successful with the curriculum we use that I really recommend it, even to my non-Christian clients.
I know for a fact that Apologia is great college prep because Alex (my non-scientist son) was able to pass a CLEP in Biology 3 years after taking Apologia Biology at home. He got a 4.0 in Engineering Physics in college after taking Apology Physics. Remember, he is NOT my science major. I forced him to take that engineering physics class at the community college with his brother, because he was too young to take a class by himself. So he learned well from books even though he didn’t “love” science. Apology is a BIG thing.
I know for a fact that Apologia is great college prep because my son Kevin is majoring in electrical engineering in college. He still refers to his book Apologia Physics from time to time. He used Apology chemistry over the summer to review a class he was taking. He has reviewed his physics book frequently. It has been one of my “best buys” for the curriculum, because they have literally used them for 5 years. Kevin has a terrific GPA in engineering, and I think it’s partly because he was so well prepared with Apology Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
If you want to make Apology even MORE rigorous, it’s possible. You can read a book in a semester instead of a year and make it an AP course if you want, but it’s not absolutely necessary, it’s just an option. I’ve heard of some “college prep” AP classes, like through Pennsylvania Homeschoolers, for example, that actually take a child 5 hours a day to complete. It would be so frustrating to spend 5 hours a day in a class! A mother was passing up the core subjects of reading, writing, and math, just so her son could earn an AP Chemistry credit. That’s a lot of work for not much profit. It’s easier to keep your subjects at the level of your children when they do it at home with a homeschool curriculum.
Apologia is a self-study homeschool curriculum, so kids can learn it on their own and moms don’t have to know what they’re doing to be successful. That’s a big deal, because I had no clue about physics and could barely keep up with chemistry.
Yes, absolutely Apologia is college prep. It’s not perfect, because no resume is perfect. All textbooks have typos, ALL of them, and I’m sure someone could find a fault with these books as you can find a fault with every book. Still, it’s a great preparation, and I recommend it even for my non-Christian clients.