- Reviewed on Friday, May 17, 2013
- Grades Used: 10th
- Dates used: 2013
K12 is absolutely terrible and I would not recommend it to anyone. The two teachers I had for their AP World History course were completely stupid. When they responded to questions, their answers were chock full of grammatical errors and much of the time didn't make sense. My worst experience occurred when, confused about the content of the second semester exam, I asked the teacher whether or not it contained information from both semesters or just the second. Because he said it contained information from both semesters, I studied for it on a broader scale. However, when I actually took the test I figured out that it in fact only contained information from the second semester, which made the questions more detailed. In the end, I got a terrible grade on that test, and although I know it is partially my fault, I definitely would've gotten a better grade if I had focused solely on the second semester coursework.
Additionally, although the K12 reading assignments were pretty detailed, they too contained unacceptable grammatical errors, such as the use of the word "exasperated" for "exacerbated." Absolutely ridiculous.
Overall I am appalled at this course and bitter at the negative effect the teachers have had on my grades.
- Reviewed on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
- Grades Used: 7th-8th
- Dates used: 2011-2013
I am currently in K12 and I hate it. The teachers don't answer the messages you send most of the time and when you miss a few meetings that you must go to they lock your classes. When they lock your classes you can't do anything! You can't even go on the meetings you have scheduled for that day to make sure you do get the teacher-student contacts you must have. I would not recommend this school to anyone. They are one of the worst schools you could ever go to.
- Reviewed on Thursday, May 2, 2013
- Grades Used: 8th
- Dates used: 2012-2013
This is coming firsthand from a student.
I am currently attending the K12 homeschooling for 8th grade and I have to say I am not very impressed with it. Actually when I think about it, I didn't really learn much of anything. The only good thing really is the class sessions. These classes are live from the teacher and you an ask them questions too. Unfortunately, my schedule does not fit the times they hold these sessions so I am unable to attend them.
The actual school itself I think is poorly set up. There is no motivation so I find myself slaking off sometimes. They actually provide you with the answer key for History, Math, and science lessons. You are not provided with an answers key for language arts because it has a different format. It easy to cheat on the tests and just skip through the lessons. (This isn't a good thing at all) I suggest younger grades would be better for children because they wouldn't know how to get the answer key.
Another annoying thing is the use of Study Island. Every week they have you take these longs tests about stuff you might of not learned yet. For instance, in math, I was one unit behind and they were testing me on something I haven't learned yet. Well I failed those tests and it really affected my grade. I struggled to bring my grade to a B. This is suppose to be a self pace program, and its hard to do that when they are rushing you.
One more thing I would like to add, is that is was a pain in the butt to get enrolled here. Be prepared to spend hours on the phone each day trying to get your child enrolled there.
Overall, this is a bad school. There only 2 good things about it-class sessions and flexibility. Heck I usually do school work after 7 and be finished by 8:30.
You don't learn much, the teachers are very hard to communicate with and they never respond to your messages. There is little motivation, if not none. You can't socialize with friends. They won't let you do extra curricular activities at a public school (like PE or music class) And a waste of time. I learned more from Elmo than I did this year..
I would not recommend this and I am absolutely not doing this ever again. Don't waste your time people
- Reviewed on Thursday, April 11, 2013
- Grades Used: 6th and 8th
- Dates used: 2012-13
When I first decided to use k12, their site stressed how easy it was to sign up. This could not be further from the truth. My children's school shut down abruptly and I had to find them something fast. From start to finish, receiving log-in and books it was over 5 weeks. They said it was due to weather as the main office is located in the East coast. They were difficult to deal with, and I spent many hours on the phone with them. I would turn in paperwork, and they would request something else. I would spend time on hold, transfered, then and told to call someone else.
My girls had to take several test, which I was lead to believe was placement, so they could start in the correct place as we were already well into the year. After several long hours of testing, I was told, no this was for their records and my girls had to start in the beginning of the yea. Thus always playing catch up to the current classes months ahead, which was not possible. They do not grade on "grades" it is simply what they get through, meaning pass/fail, and they want them to speed through everything.
If you travel, as we do, and you want the kids to do more one day or work on the weekend and skip say a Monday, this is not allowed either.
My most recent complaint is the fact that I decided to opt my girls out of the STAR test. They had basically missed over a month of school, (besides what I put together during the long wait time), the fact that I did not "teach to the test" and it has no benefit to my girls as they do not get results, just comparisons. I was told that I could do this, sent in the letter they requested, and then woke this morning to find out my girls have been LOCKED OUT of their program. I was told this was for non compliance, meaning I opted out of the STAR test. I got no prior notice.
I DO NOT recommend this program to Homeschool families. If you are to go independent of the CAVA system,(Program in CA) and use only the curriculum, then it is average. If you are truly seeking homeschool, this is not for you.It is Very limited and controlling. It takes all of the flexibility and beauty of homeschooling away.