I do feel that the curriculum is rigorous and thorough. There is a good mix of text and virtual learning tools. Most lessons have a Discovery Movie, BrainPop, or other virtual learning activity integrated into the session. He also has the option in most classes to use the online textbook if he prefers.
My sons courses are
Skills for Success (Pass/ Fail) -- Study for state testing
Intro to Computers
His grades are determined by a mixture of Quiz/ Test / Portfolio grades. Every class has a different ratio but the portfolios are a big portion. In LA the ratio is Q 35% / T 25% / P 40%. Portfolios are written assignments or projects that can be submitted electronically (scan to pdf) or mailed (envelopes provided)
Here is an example of a portfolio due in SS
Create a one-page (three-fold) visitor's guide for people visiting the Southwest. Work with your Learning Coach to research historic landmarks, physical landscapes, and areas of interest in the Southwest. Then write a short blurb describing at least three of these unique Southwestern features in your visitor's guide.
Include illustrations or images where possible.
Additionally, you may want to include facts about famous or interesting people from this region. You may choose to research people, features, and landmarks that appear in the textbook, such as Route 66, the Navajo, saguaro cactus, Jerrie Cobb, or the Grand Canyon.
Some examples of LA portfolios
He has a Quick Check assesment at the end of most lessons. These consist of 3-5 questions related to the lesson and are not counted toward the grade.
There are 2 Live lessons every week. One of them is mandatory attendance. The teacher usually goes over a topic. All the students can see and hear what she is doing in their virtual classroom. They have the opportunity at different points in the lesson to ask questions and participate. CA provides a headset for this purpose. They all seem to enjoy it.
We also have a monthly phone conference with her. Part of the the conference, she speaks with us. For the other portion, she talks directly with the student. She may do reading assessments or other assessments at that time. My son also can discuss any of the subjects during this conferences.
We can email her at anytime and she usually answers within the hour. She also makes lots of comments on his tests and portfolios.
Field trips-- There are several opportunities to participate in field trips. Since we have been with CA, three or four of them have been close enought for us to go (2 hours or less) We have not gone to any yet, but plan to in the future.
Attendance/Flexibility --- We do have to log in attendance, but it only takes about a minute a day. We have to log in 25 hours (states may vary) a week, but we can and do this in a very flexible manner. My husband and I both share the Learning Coach role so we 'do school' on nights and weekends too. Vacation days are also flexible. The school has vacation days (the teacher won't be available) but you don't have to take the same days that they do.
Good luck making the decision! It has been a great experience for us so far. We sometimes struggle with adjusting to the teacher role, but that won't be as big of an issue for someone already homeschooling. If you have any questions, I will be glad to answer them if I can.