Frequently Asked Questions

live classes

If you find that one of your questions regarding our live classes is not answered through this page, feel free to contact us! FAQ regarding our standard writing/literature classes can be found HERE. FAQ regarding our English program can be found HERE

  1. How do your live classes work? Each class is one hour long and may be scheduled at a time convenient for family and instructor. (For our 2020-2021 sessions, we are scheduling classes Monday-Wednesday between 8 AM and 5 PM EST.) Students will receive their new lesson and homework assignment during the call.​ Live classes are conducted via Scribblar. Students will need access to reliable internet access, in addition to a laptop or computer with a working microphone & headphones. Please note: Scribblar is an online whiteboard platform; no video will be used.
  2. What is the difference between the the live classes and your standard writing & literature classes? Our live classes allow a student to meet with an instructor once per week for an hour, to go through the lesson and homework together, using an online whiteboard platform. Our standard classes are conducted via email, so no live meetings occur, making them the most flexible option for families. Learn more HERE!

  3. What is the cost of your eight-week live classes? Each eight-week LIVE class costs $130. Beginning Writer classes may enroll up to three students from the same family for the same live session; Growing Writer classes may enroll up to two students from the same family for the same live session; Advanced Writer classes are for one student only.

  4. Do you offer discounts? We do offer a small (2%) multi-class discount which will be automatically applied when you enroll two or more classes within the same family in the same session or when you enroll one student in two or more classes in the same session. We purposefully keep our class costs affordable, so you will not see us offering larger multi-student discounts or promotions or discounts. We do also offer referral discounts. Learn more HERE.

  5. Do you support Common Core State Standards? No, we do not support Common Core State Standards. We design our courses with students' and families' needs in mind without any regard to state or federal educational regulations. Any similarities between what we teach and the Common Core State Standards are merely coincidental, but we will never intentionally align our material to meet any state or federal regulations.

  6. Are your eight-week classes equivalent to a curriculum? Individually, each eight-week class cannot make up an annual curriculum. However, we offer classes covering grammar, writing, and literature. Thus, in combination, our classes can make up the entirety of your English education, or they can supplement a preexisting curriculum. If you are looking for the complete package, we recommend our full-year English program, currently offered for students grades 6th through 12th. Our English program works the same as our standard classes but provides instruction in literature, vocabulary, grammar, and writing. Learn more HERE.

  7. Are your high-school classes equivalent to one high-school credit? No. When you are not using a standard curriculum, credits are generally counted by hours. Typically, one academic credit is made up of 150 hours of work; a half credit by 75 hours; a quarter credit by 37.5 hours. In order to achieve 37.5 hours in a single eight-week session, students would be working 4-5 hours per week, which is not likely in one class. Thus, even if your student takes four classes with us throughout a school year, a high-school credit would likely not be achieved. Generally, an English credit is comprised of studies in things such as grammar, vocabulary, writing, literature, speech, debate, creative journaling, etc. If your student is taking writing classes with us, please consider supplementing their work with other elements of English to meet the approximate number of hours needed for a complete credit.

  8. Do we have to take a course every quarter? No. Parents and students can decide how often courses are taken, whether one course every quarter, one course every other quarter, or even one course per school year.

  9. Do we have to follow a specific order of courses? No. Courses are geared to specific skill levels, but parents and students can choose which courses they would like to take. If a certain prerequisite is required, this is listed under the class description. If you are unsure about placement, we encourage you to check out our placement information page HERE.

  10. How do I know where to place my student? Although we do give grade level suggestions for our quarter classes, please do not enroll your student based on age or grade level alone. ​Primarily, please consider your student's prior writing experience and current skill set. Learn more about placement HERE.

  11. Should parents be involved with their children? This is a common question but is generally left up to the parents and students. Younger students often need their parents to help them read and understand certain lessons or complete some assignments. Older students are challenged to be in charge of their lessons, time management,  and assignments. However, parents should always be checking their student's progress, reviewing incoming grades and corrections, and monitoring the work. This ensures the student is getting as much as possible out of each course.