- Reviewed on Thursday, November 14, 2013
- Grades Used: 1st, 3rd,5th,7th
- Dates used: September 2013 - Present
I am extremely happy with the k12 program. The teachers seem pretty quick about answering questions. If you enter CAVA, the teachers get the a new list every two weeks. This may be one of the reasons they don't get back to you right away at the start.
Signing my boys up was not that bad. They do have people that you can chat with online during the day. They answered most of my questions when needed.
My boys were extremely behind at the local on ground school. K12 has offered my 3rd grader a reading program that is helping him catch up to third grade reading level. Also, he takes speech therapy once a week for a 1/2 hour. This speech therapy is one on one for a half hour through a program similar to Skype.
It is a lot of work but three of my sons have IEPs. I work from about 6AM-7PM on a good day; however, the reading program is suppose to take 2-3 hours a day. After all, it is a catch up reading program. The phonics is good for first grade. I'm enjoying it.
The computers seem fine that they send. You may have a little trouble but it's nothing worth complaining about. Also, there is tech support if you have any issues setting it up.
They are extremely quick about setting up ILPs (IEPs).
* I just wanted to some stuff...As for the comment about not knowing what to go over with you child -
I have had no problem in this area. I was given learning coach guides. When the books had not yet arrived, I was able to view most of the items online.
* 7th grade - k12 offers different schools. I was not happy with the first one I picked for my 7th grader. I thought books and materials would be sent - the school only ended up sending two novels. I withdrew him from that school and put him in another k12 school; however, I made sure to call up k12 and ask about schools that offer "daily plans" for middle school. I stated I was not happy about not receiving materials. The first school was mostly done online, with no homework and test once a week. It was not a good fit. Since then, the school has changes and he works off of a daily plan. I do have to help him but I still think it's the best option. The teachers are working so he can get speech therapy which was not offered by the on ground school he was attending.
* 5th grade - I have talked to his teachers about getting the child into a math and reading program that will allow him to catch up to 5th grade. The program is offered for 3rd-5th graders. Most likely he will be able to start in a few weeks.
3rd grade: The reading program seems to be working for my 3rd grader. I have noticed a big improvement in his reading. Speech therapy is going good. The speech therapist is able to provide games and such online.
1st grade: I was sent a phonics book, tiles, magnet boards, etc. After we work offline about 50 min, there is about 20 minutes of activities for him to online (this content the child does alone, it consist of different phonic games).
*My main complaint is about the history for the little ones. It can seem insane sometimes but there are other resources that can be found online. Also, the music for elementary. I'm not a big music person but even I find it a bit to easy.
--As for not mastering a subject. A student can take an assessment up to three times. Each time their is a review, it's sometimes helpful. After the third time, a teacher (not a learning coach) can unlock it.
- Reviewed on Thursday, November 14, 2013
- Grades Used: 8th
- Dates used: 2013-2014
Contrary to the few reviews I have read in regards to the k12 online school... I think it is the best choice I have ever made. I do not know where the comments are coming from in reference to teachers taking days to get back to you?? Unless, you kmail them on a Friday? They have always gotten back to me pretty quick. My son does not use the Class Connects unless he has a problem learning something.. Which we have not encountered. I would also like to reply to the post that suggests that it takes 8-11 hours to do the school work... OMG, if it took that long I would have to quit my job. My son spends 2-3 hours on the computer per day...thats it. It was a little bumpy at first trying to figure out what you need to do but for the most part it is super easy! The offline assessments are graded by the parent/learning coach... super easy! Attendance is put in by the parent...super easy! I really do not understand how it could be any easier... Or, how anyone could be disappointed with the curriculum? Or, behind ever... Just follow the daily plan and that is it... Your child learns and as a perk, you spend time with them learning too... Super easy!
- Reviewed on Saturday, November 9, 2013
- Grades Used: 7-8th
- Dates used: 2012-2013
We joined when my child was in middle school. The first year was a bit crazy but we figured it out and got through it.
There was ALWAYS a lack of support from main teacher to student.This school year, NOTHING is ok.
My childs times for classes and connects have changed so often we are lost yet the teachers keep pushing. They changed how all is done so all they did was set my child up to fail with NO support.We contact teachers it takes days for a response if you get one. They have changed how your child takes his assessments with only one choice to do or fail. The connects my child waits on daily to enter lasts most times under 5 minutes long. The teachers teach NOTHING in these connects as support. There is no support, yet they have added work loads onto my child that is unbelievable. The sandiego CAVA is not a good option and I like many parents are wondering where to go from here. We are mid way through this school year and nothing has been accomplished. NOTHING. no support, no teaching, yet added work.Study islands have been changed and my child got in trouble for doing LAST YEARS that was there and not this years. So was counted as behind. This has been a terrible waste of time for me and my son and I now fear he will not be prepared for next year entering high school. Thanks K12 for the non support, the non teaching yet high expectations of us parents and our children. Thank you for changing our schedule and adding an ungodly number of connects that your teachers dont stay in 5 min for. Thank you for interventions and NMLs that do nothing but add stress to our family and the time we have. I would certainly NOT recommend CAVA Sandiego unless your child is k-5 is all they care about.
Sad for my sons education and the added pressure this school has caused for future years after this school year that we will have in repairing all. No real care, its a lie. No real support that was a lie too, no real teaching, just a lot of stress. Thanks K12!
- Reviewed on Saturday, November 9, 2013
- Grades Used: 7th
- Dates used: 2013
This is the WORST decision I have ever made regarding my child's education! There are no instructions on what my role is. I have "found out" that there are questions/assessments I am supposed to be giving my child, only through an email my daughter sent to her teacher. These assessments are online and there was NO paperwork or instruction manual or anything to tell me, hey you will need to print off these assessments, score your child and enter the grade online. I only found out after scheduling a parent/teacher conference with her teacher and he showed me.
I scheduled the conference, because we received and email stating that if I am entering attendance into the system, but she is not mastering the material she is considered truant!!!!! WHAT???? This is an online public school. Since when are kids that show up to school and do the work, but get C's or below considered truant????? not only that, but my dd barely has time to complete her lessons online because she is in the online classes for 7 hours a day. She is doing school work literally 10-11 hours a day!!!!
They have a "plan" online, but none of the teachers follow it because the majority of it is not stuff that is covered on the state tests that the kids take. Basically, they are only making sure the kids to well on state exams rather than teaching them things they should know. SO since they don't follow the online plan, and I clearly can't sit in the classes all day with dd, because I have 3 other small children, I have no idea what she is doing in the majority of her classes!
When I email her teachers, they don't respond with appropriate answers. Meaning they send a long email saying a bunch of filler stuff, but never answer my questions. (with the exception of her homeroom/Science teacher)
OH! And their placement assessments are either horribly inaccurate, or they just ignore them. My dd struggles in math. I told customer service, her homeroom teacher, AND her math teacher this at least 3-4 times. I told them she was not ready to be in 7th grade math, but they refuse to move her even after she is having a hard time mastering the work. They SAY the curriculum is customized to each child's learning abilities, but it is not. They clearly are following the "No Child Left behind" policy.
I also don't like the fact that it is not Biblical either. Although I knew this going in, I honestly thought she would have time for me to give her a separate Bible curriculum, but she barely has time to finish the lessons assigned. Also, some of the books that were sent for her to read are books we don't allow our children to read so if we make it that far, I will be emailing her teacher and telling her dd will not be reading those books. I have plenty of good classical alternatives.
It may be free, but PLEASE don't waste your time on this curriculum. They are NOT as supportive as they say they are and it is NOT an easy system to quickly understand. As soon as we are financially able, we are going with something else. Probably Monarch and LifePacs, since dd likes the online curriculum, and it is Biblically based and from what I have seen, MUCH easier to understand. I can also totally customize her Math to focus on the areas she needs help in until she masters it before moving on 4 levels above where she is.
UGH...K12 was a HUGE waste of time for us.