New & selecting online high school program, plz help!

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New & selecting online high school program, plz help!

Postby carol2019 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:51 pm

Hi, all! As my subject line states, we are brand new to homeschooling and are in the process of selecting an online high school program.

My daughter is entering 10th grade. She wants an online program that she can manage herself. So far, I have scoured the internet & looked at:
Abeka, Liberty, Power, Acellus, UT, TTU, K12 (K12 International), Alpha Omega, iSchool, etc.

There are SO many programs out there, it's difficult to know exactly what to do. Right now Abeka seems like a solid choice even though I do hear a lot about excessive busywork...

I do like the idea of a Christian based program but don't want it to be overwhelming for her. Trying to encourage/facilitate more religion in her life but if it's too much, it may drive her the other way. Does that make sense? Hard to tell how the programs are without actually seeing them.

I would appreciate your honest input regarding preferences, public programs vs private.

Please share if you have had online high school experience & if you recommend (or don't recommend) a particular program.

TIA! :D

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Re: New & selecting online high school program, plz help!

Postby elliemaejune » Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:56 pm

carol2019 wrote:Hi, all! As my subject line states, we are brand new to homeschooling and are in the process of selecting an online high school program.

My daughter is entering 10th grade. She wants an online program that she can manage herself. So far, I have scoured the internet & looked at:
Abeka, Liberty, Power, Acellus, UT, TTU, K12 (K12 International), Alpha Omega, iSchool, etc.

There are SO many programs out there, it's difficult to know exactly what to do. Right now Abeka seems like a solid choice even though I do hear a lot about excessive busywork...

I do like the idea of a Christian based program but don't want it to be overwhelming for her. Trying to encourage/facilitate more religion in her life but if it's too much, it may drive her the other way. Does that make sense? Hard to tell how the programs are without actually seeing them.

I would appreciate your honest input regarding preferences, public programs vs private.

Please share if you have had online high school experience & if you recommend (or don't recommend) a particular program.

TIA! :D


Welcome. :-)

One of the things that makes newbies' heads explode is trying to figure out what on earth they're going to use to teach their dc at home. :-)

I do not recommend ABeka Academy for new hsers. Believe me when I tell you that the excessive busywork can be a killer. Although I have known some people who loved it, the new homeschoolers most likely to burn out within a year are those who use all ABeka.

Has your daughter watched any of the sample videos? In the end, it is she who really has to make the choice, so it's good to involve her in the decision making.

Also, are you aware that many public schools are reluctant to accept any credits earned at home? If your dd decides after a year that she wants to go back to school, it is probable that she'd lose the credits she earned.

Clonlara has a program for homeschooled (or "off-campus"--there is an actual school, so homeschoolers are off-campus) students. It's very flexible and creative, and very homeschool-friendly. clonlara.org
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