Chemistry - Kolbe Academy


This course is designed to give students an appreciation of creation and of the order and complexity of atoms and their interactions with each other.  The “Core Chemistry” course will emphasize the basic chemical interactions between atoms, compounds, and molecules.

This course is typically done in 10th or 11th grade and includes the following topics:

  • Matter & change
  • Scientific measurement
  • Atomic structure
  • Periodic table
  • Ionic, metallic, & covalent bonding
  • Chemical names & formulas
  • Balancing chemical equations
  • Chemical reactions
  • Stoichiometry
  • States of matter
  • Gas behavior
  • Water & aqueous systems
  • Solutions
  • Thermochemistry
  • Reaction rates & equilibrium
  • Acids, bases, & salts
  • Oxidation-reduction reactions
  • Electrochemistry
  • Hydrocarbon compounds
  • Alcohols
  • Ethers
  • Carbonyl compounds
  • Carbohydrates
  • Amino acids
  • Lipids
  • Nucleic acids
  • Nuclear chemistry

Lab work is suggested throughout the lesson plan through the use of the Virtual Lab CD and labs in the textbook that do not require extensive materials.  Alternately, a parent may choose to utilize the labs that occur in the textbook for lab credit.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (K) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, periodic exams, and quizzes.  Kolbe Honors (H) students will go into more depth and cover more material than the Kolbe Core (K) students.

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.

  • Chemistry, Prentice Hall (e-text and hardback versions available)
  • Labster Virtual Chemistry Lab

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Optional Materials

Digital copies are provided in the Parent Portal account in PowerSchool.  Physical copies are available for purchase in the Kolbe Bookstore.

  • Chemistry Course Plan & Tests, Kolbe Academy Press
  • Chemistry Answer Key, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Lab Report Writing Guide, Kolbe Academy Press

Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar.
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 6: Exam 1 Week 6: Exam 4
Week 12: Exam 2 Week 12: Exam 5
Week 18: Exam 3 Week 18: Exam 6
Two Lab Reports chosen by parent & student Two Lab Reports chosen by parent & student
One Chapter Assessment chosen by parent & student One Chapter Assessment chosen by parent & student


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

 10 – 12 (10th, 11th)


Dr. Trasancos

Lecture Format




Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Credits (Type)

 10 (Science w Lab)

Transcript Designation



Algebra 2


Introduction to Physics and Chemistry

Self-Paced Companion Courses

Algebra 2 or Honors Algebra 2 & Trigonometry

Online Companion Courses

Algebra 2 or Honors Algebra 2 & Trigonometry


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors (H) level.

Course Plan Sample


Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.