~ Standard Deviants #Review
Are you homeschooling high school or middle school? Do you like using online curricula? Are you looking for AP courses?
If you answer yes to any of those questions – or might be soon – then I have a really neat program to share with you. Most of us have heard of the Standard Deviants video classes, but did you know that they have an e-learning option? Me, neither – not til we were given a chance to review Standard Deviants Accelerate.
There are currently 14 Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses that span all core curricula areas including math, science, language, and social studies. Five of the courses are for AP test preparation, while the remaining nine are standard courses.
Instruction includes videos, reading, multiple choice and critical thinking questions, interactive activities, and plenty of teacher support, along with automatic grading.
- Arithmetic – grades 3+
- Fundamental Math – grades 4+
- Earth Science – grades 6+
- Nutrition – grades 6+
- Algebra – grades 7+
- Biology – grades 7+
- Chemistry – grades 9+
- English Composition – grades 9+
- U.S. History – grades 9+
AP Courses – grades 11+
- AP Biology
- AP Chemistry
- AP U.S. Government & Politics
- AP U.S. History
- AP English Composition
What Did The Kids Think Of Standard Deviants Accelerate?
We were given access to all courses at once, for all students, similar to how a public school would access it, and we were allowed to pick and choose which subjects our children would use.
While we had great intentions of all the kids using multiple subjects, it didn’t exactly work out that way. My high school junior quite rapidly got bogged down in his (almost all online) regular classes, and so while he experimented slightly with history and biology, it didn’t take long before he had to buckle down and focus on his other classes for the homelink school. However, he *liked* the way it was set up, and wished he could continue with it instead of his regular curricula!
The two who have gotten the most use so far have been my 7th and 9th graders. While they both have started several classes, the one that they’ve hunkered down and really spent the most time with has been Earth Science. It’s been easy for me to see that they’re enjoying it and learning, even without having to check their grades, because they’re talking about what they’ve learned, both with each other and sharing tidbits with the rest of the family. (This is my secret way of knowing if something is 1) enjoyable, 2) high interest, and 3) effective, because they volunteer the info!)
What Did I Think Of Standard Deviants Accelerate?
As for me, Mom, I like it. It’s relatively easy to use, and I appreciate the automatic grading, and the quality of the courses that we have used seems quite high. I’m not entirely convinced that the AP courses would be sufficient on their own, with no other instruction, to prepare for AP testing. Then again, I’ve felt the same way about every AP prep I’ve encountered – for a student to be truly ready for AP testing, they need to take a great deal of learning and incentive on themselves, and these materials do encourage that.
It’s clear that Standard Deviants Accelerate was created as a public school supplement; we did encounter “residue”, if you will, of it in some lessons, with directions that indicated that the student should “trade their work with a partner” and similar. No matter how many times my kids have seen similar, I still get asked, “What do I DO?” Somehow, the seemingly obvious, “Um, show it to ME… or wait, you and your brother are doing the same class… trade it with him when he gets there!” never seems to occur to them. So keep in mind that you may have to do some very slight adjusting of the instructions to the homeschool or single-student environment.
What Does Standard Deviants Accelerate Cost?
As mentioned above, we were given different access than is typical for homeschoolers, in order to facilitate ease of use for reviewing. Depending on the type of course, there are two different pricing schemes. Standard courses are $99 per year per student, or $25 per month. AP courses are only available at the monthly rate of $14.95. I have to admit, it’d be a lot easier for me to justify purchase if the price were all-in-one rather than separate, so I hope that making some adjustments in consideration of homeschoolers is on the table.