FLEX Health Science / Pre-Med Pathwway
FLEX Health Sciences / Pre-Med Pathway offers students long-term academic pathways for middle and high school students who are serious about a career in Healthcare. Our approach is not only to provide students with high-level instruction but also to help them apply their learning through publications, clubs, competitions, and activities.
Anatomy and Physiology (6th-7th Grade)
In this course, students survey the organ systems of the human body: the immune, integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, excretory, and reproductive. Students begin by exploring the levels of biological organization, paying special attention to cells and tissues before delving into each body system. Keeping with the theme that structure dictates function, students not only examine the systems individually, but they also investigate their interconnectedness.
Biology Olympiad Jr. (8th-9th Grade)
FLEX’s Biology Olympiad Junior program is designed for current 8th and 9th graders who have an interest in the biological sciences and have NOT yet taken Biology or Biology Honors. Students will learn the 18 fundamental concepts of biology over the course of the school year to prepare them for high school-level Biology, Biology SAT subject Test, as well as build a strong foundation for Biology Olympiad 1-2 years in the future. As part of the course, students will take diagnostic versions of these exams to chart their progress. The class will include a discussion of several careers that are possible in the fields of biology ranging from medicine to bioinformatics to green technologies.
Health Sciences Team
Klaus Aichelen: FLEX Director of Academic Services
- 14+ years teaching STEM and life science courses for high school and middle school students
- FLEX Bio Olympiad Program Director
- University of California, Berkeley
Michael Funaru: FLEX Principal Tutor
- Former High School Math and Science Teacher
- Also worked at Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Genzyme
- University of California, Los Angeles