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  • Reviewed on Thursday, May 6, 2010
  • Grades Used: K-4th
  • Dates used: 2006-2010
I use the Great Books Academy homeschool program and have for several years with my three children. They have a call center that is open 9-5, M-F for orders. The number is posted on their website: 816.220.2626. I have never had trouble reaching them there. Perhaps someone was calling the wrong number. I have had only reasonable time pass for email replies - except on weekends. I cannot speak to the Art class they offer other than I find it fine - there may be something better, I don't know, but it is good and gets far better in the higher grades. But there is no better literature program, and nothing I have found comes close to their level of academic excellence, which is what they are all about. I guess if customer contact is your main priority there may be better - though I have had no problems at all - but if academic excellence and quality is your goal, especially the Great Books in high school and for college credit, then nothing compares or comes close to Great Books Academy.


  • Reviewed on Saturday, October 17, 2009
  • Grades Used: 5th
  • Dates used: 2009
I'm trying to follow by the Great Books Academy guidlines. I love the idea of a classical education; however, I have tried to call them several times to ask questions about their lesson plans and certain parts of the curriculum that I can't get information about elsewhere, for example National Geographic Map Essentials. They WILL NOT call back, nor will they email. I had to order a $10 lesson plan just so I could try to figure this curriculum out because I can't get an answer any other way. Then when I tried to order off their website, the 5th grade section was incomplete, i.e. I couldn't order certain materials. I tried to call the number provided for phone ordering and the girl told me that I couldn't order over the phone and since they were just a warehouse, she didn't know anything about the curriculum. So basically, I can't order online or over the phone, and I can't get a call back to save my life. There are no sample lessons online so just be prepared to be ignored. I'll provide an update if they ever provide better customer service. I won't be holding my breath.
P.S. Their recommendation for elementary art is a joke. If they had done their research, they would know that Artistic Pursuits is more in line with classical education then Draw, Write Now. And this coming from supposed Ph.D's?