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> Overview

SERC offers home school science courses for students ages 5-7, 8-12, and 13-16.
 Classes are hands-on, with an emphasis on outside/field study, microscopy, and the scientific method. Material is rigorous and age appropriate for each age group (5-7, 8-12, and 13-16 years old), with a focus on hands-on inquiry for younger students and lab based investigation for older students. Past class topics include The Chesapeake Bay, Field Botany, Biomimicry, Scientific Writing, Birds and Flight, Marine Biology, and Ecosystem Engineers.

> Brochure (Printable PDF)

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> Parents

Parents are welcome to attend the 5-7 and 8-12 yr. old classes, and siblings are welcome to work in our study area or quietly in the classroom. The 13-16 yr. old classes are for students only.

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> Registration
> Learning Objectives

 Ages 5-7, 8-12 years old

Hands-on education in the field, under the microscope, and in the classroom. Students learn about Smithsonian science, nature, and the environment. Parents are encouraged to attend and help, though it its not required. Siblings are welcome if they work in the study area in the hall or quietly in the class.

> Ages 13-16 years old

Laboratory or field courses focused on cumulative material leading up to a final project. Students will complete home work, read outside materials, and participate in hands-on activities in and outside of the classroom. This is a student only class; parents are asked to leave their students for the entire class period.

>>Link: New!! SERC Science Honors Biology Lab, Ages 13-16 yrs.
Click to be redirected to the SERC Homeschool blog for more information.

> Homeschool Groups

There are two options for groups of homeschool students interested in participating in a program as a unit. You can register as a normal group and choose from one of these programs. Unique programs not included in that list need to be specially designed for your group and are priced at a higher rate. Please contact Karen McDonald for more information.

Program Length Per Student Fee Min. Fee
1 hr $10.00 $180.00
1.5 hr $14.00 $252.00

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> The Blog

Keep current with new class listings, pre-class study materials, weather updates, and announcements on the SERC home school blog. You can join the mailing list or the RSS feed by following the links on the right hand side of the page. Simply go to

To follow the blog:

1. Go to the site, click the grey " + Follow" button in the bottom right corner, and provide your email address. 

2. Send an email to Karen McDonald at  using the email with which you'd like to subscribe, and a subject line of "Please add me to the SERC Homeschool Blog followers list." 

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For more information please contact 
Karen McDonald at 
(443) 482-2388.