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I know this thread is old now, and some things have changed, but there are so many great links and reviews it is still a very useful resource.  I hope people will keep updating.  I would like to add a few that are new options or were not listed originally.  Many of these will be posting their class offerings for summer/fall in just a few weeks but I don't think most have them up yet.

 

Excelsior Classes

http://excelsiorclasses.com/#slide2

(Interface is very easy to use once you are signed up for a class.)

 

Outschool

https://outschool.com/listings?age=15&theme=Science+%26+Math

 

MathCloud (self-paced but can be linked with a teacher)

http://www.mathcloud.net/

 

Open Tent Academy

http://www.iewwritingteacher.com/open-tent-academy-class-descriptions

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Thanks for posting. Open Tent is totally new to me. As a secular family, I'm always on the hunt for new classes.  Thanks again!  

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This thread has been so invaluable!  

 

Since some of the links on the list above are now no longer functioning and not everyone checks this particular forum for on-line classes it seemed it might make sense to have a master list on Gen Ed that covers all grade ranges.   Still trying to organize it and get reviews in place from those that have used these on-line providers.

 

If you have updates/info and would be willing to share over there, that would be great.

 

http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/638806-master-list-of-on-line-classes/

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I want to tell you about the new Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community. It is getting exciting and classes are planned to start next month. As well as a full range of Michael Clay Thompson English Language Arts courses, we are offering Philosophy for Kids: Justice, Faith and Free Will with Dr. Sharon Kaye; Conversational Spanish with Dr. Myriam Borges Thompson; A "Fairly Creative Writing" class with Aubrey Lively; an Introduction to Minerals and Rocks, the history of African Slavery and the Atlantic Slave Trade...and much more. It will be fully launched in the next few days. Watch for announcements on our Facebook page or sign up for news and you will get it direct. We look forward to hearing from you!

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I want to tell you about the new Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community. It is getting exciting and classes are planned to start next month. As well as a full range of Michael Clay Thompson English Language Arts courses, we are offering Philosophy for Kids: Justice, Faith and Free Will with Dr. Sharon Kaye; Conversational Spanish with Dr. Myriam Borges Thompson; A "Fairly Creative Writing" class with Aubrey Lively; an Introduction to Minerals and Rocks, the history of African Slavery and the Atlantic Slave Trade...and much more. It will be fully launched in the next few days. Watch for announcements on our Facebook page or sign up for news and you will get it direct. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Registration is now open for these courses! Go here for more information.

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I'd like to add a bit of information about Blue Tent Online, since a lot has changed in the five years since this thread started--including our website location: Blue Tent Online

We now offer several classes for middle schoolers, including a 1-semester Creative Writing class for budding novelists and poets, as well as a full-year Introduction to Literature & Composition class. Many advanced and science-y 8th graders take our Biology and Chemistry classes, too. 

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FundaFunda Academy (https://www.fundafundaacademy.com/

Their Biology and Geography courses are famous. Although most of their classes are for high schoolers, they have a wide variety of electives (programming, photography, etc) which can suit middle schoolers. 

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For online options, I would stay clear of The Potter's School. This company was founded to help missionary children in remote locations, and that is a very moral thing to do. The problem is that so many of the kids live in isolated locations without much internet access. They are so lonely that they use the time during class to socialize with the kids their age. This was a constant distraction for my son. Plus, those who pay full price will be asked to pay even more to subsidize for the missionary kids. Again, I have no problemssupporting for emissions. But I wasn't going to give money to an  organization I don't have experience with. It'll show in your record that you gave zero if you choose to do so. The teachers my son had did not have accountability. One of them used a different person to grade tests but did not disclose this until the end of the year. My son was confused that his papers had comments that seemed to come from nowhere based on what was discussed in class. And another teacher routinely dismissed class 15 minutes early. This may not seem like a big deal but when you're paying for an hour and a half each week, the extra 15 minutes adds up. I also found the administration very difficult to work with. I think we wasted a lot of money for very little in return. 

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Both Athena’s and Online G3 have added far more classes for older kids, up to and including AP level in some cases-and are some of the most supportive providers when it comes to middle schoolers who need advanced classes. 

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My 10th grader has taken Health (Amanda Hunter) and Essay Writing (Jaime Anderson) and is now in Research Paper Writing also with Jaime Anderson. They have all been great classes and I highly recommend this online academy!  If you have specific questions about how the classes operate, I’m happy to answer. Sorry I can’t address the Equine studies directly. 

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