Now on to reviewing our other online classes...
My dd is doing 5 classes at WHA this year (all of which I give high marks for): Geometry with Mrs. Smith; GC 1&4 with Mr. Etter (he's the BEST!); Logic 2 with Mr. Vierra (very personable while still pushing students on to excel); Physics 1 Honors with Mrs. Jester, and Latin 2 with Mrs. Hensley.
Since I just reviewed a bit with Mrs. Timmis in MP, I will take a moment to compare with WHA Latin 2. For me personally, I am learning more with Mrs. Timmis. This is probably because I have used Henle for 3 years now with Classical Conversations, and I am psyched to actually finish the book this year! I enjoy Henle as there is no excuse not to know every single word that you are translating as you move along in the book, since it is tailored so well that way. However, Henle's layout of grammar leaves something to be desired, but Memoria Press is known for their excellent approach to grammar as laid out in their Form Series, so I give MP 4.5 stars for their latin instruction, compared with the little I have experienced with Classical Academic Press and their Latin Alive Book Series.
However, Mrs. Hensley is a wonderfully engaging instructor and I think she does a more thorough job of making sure all students are tracking with her in class. But the goal here seems a bit different. The Latin Alive Series that WHA uses gives you way more material in a lesson than you can actually even begin to hope to master; instead, exposure to Roman culture, mythology, Latin derivatives, etc. is heavily included. If your goal is to do well in the National Latin Exam, it seems to me that WHA for Latin is a good place to come.
Whereas MP takes an 'all or nothing' approach in correcting quizzes (all grading is computer-driven); WHA specializes in giving partial credit, and grading is split between computer and done by hand. Additionally, there appears to be more tracking of student's work and abilities in WHA, since all homework is turned in each week for WHA, but parents are advised to do homework 'spot checks' to see that Latin is being completed each week for MP. Of course, WHA has two 90 minute segments to class each week, but MP has only one.
Besides Mrs. Hensley, we have also had Mrs. Salmon fill in a couple of times in WHA Latin, and she strikes me as a TOP NOTCH instructor, as well.
Let's see...on to other subjects besides Latin...Well, first of all, I have to admit that I am 'nuts' about Latin and have viewed and done homework for every single one of the above classes my two dc have taken via MP and WHA this year, so the rest of my 'reviews' will be much shorter.
If anyone would like to know more about WHA generally, they just had an Open House last evening which should be archived and available for viewing. In it, they listed WHA distinctives and also mentioned that they are growing so much that they are on the look out for new teachers! I guess they may have upwards of 1000 students this year! Also, they are fast-tracking toward accreditation.
Although we felt a bit overwhelmed at first, we are now comfortably into a routine. Geometry tests and units are generally completed every two weeks, with tests given on a Friday. Classes at WHA are M-Th with Friday a great day for getting quizzes and tests proctored and completed. Physics I (honors) has been a great class. They have weekly quizzes that are 40% of your grade, with students being expected to know all the material from beginning of text (so cumulative) as you go along. Only one lab so far was entirely done at home, with a very formal and long lab report. Other labs were done in class, with one of them requiring data and graphs done by students at home as a 'partial' lab report. There is a big homework project that students are encouraged to complete over the next couple of weeks. The instructor is excellent and we really like the Novare textbook with John Mays.
If anyone ever gets a chance to take a class with Mr. Etter, they will not be disappointed. I saw one 'episode' where he had breaking news reports with helicopter sightings of Odysseus and his travels, and it was hilarious (just saying!).
Probably the hardest class this year is Logic 2, but that is probably due in part to the fact that we did not take Logic 1 with WHA, so my dd had no exposure the the Kreeft author before now. However, she did take Logic 1 via Classical Conversations and both use the Nance textbooks, so it has worked out fine for us to 'transfer in' for this course. Watch the Open House to see Mr. Vierra explain the vision and goals for this course and others at WHA.