EKT Posted March 10, 2022 Share Posted March 10, 2022 (edited) So far, we have only outsourced one class - French I with WTMA. I felt really good starting with WTMA because I love SWB and I trust her reputation; I figured we couldn't really go wrong with an accredited institution. (I have not been disappointed; my daughter loves her French class!) I am considering expanding to other sorts of courses from other providers (PA Homeschoolers, Brave Writer, etc.). I've heard lots of names of other providers thrown around on these boards (Blue Tent, etc.) but don't really know anything about most of them. I'm curious: Do colleges care about providers and their accreditation status at all? I feel like PA Homeschoolers is a pretty safe bet, since the course itself is College-Board authorized and there will be an AP test score at the end. And the same thing applies if we end up doing DE; those courses are obviously offered through a "legit" community college. But I'm debating whether it's better just to do other courses ourselves at home vs. use an outside provider. (I guess I'm worried that colleges might assume courses from an unaccredited institution are not rigorous or otherwise have dubious value or whatever. Do they care where your student took various courses?) To be sure, I don't necessarily care about accreditation; I've taught (and my kids have taken) excellent classes at our old, home-grown homeschool co-op! But at the same time, now that we're at the high school level, these outsourced courses are expensive, and I'm trying to discern if they're "worth" it. I don't want to drop $600-$800 on a course that colleges might look down on. On a related note: Do you always even list the outside provider when you've used one? Or do your course descriptions just stick to what your student learned? (For example, I may eventually sign my daughter up for Brave Writer's MLA research paper course. Do I have any obligation to disclose that she did the hypothetical research paper through Brave Writer, or can I just wrap that activity up into our own English 11 plans, and mention that my daughter completed an MLA research paper as part of our course? Another example: If your student takes, say, chemistry from Blue Tent, do you have to say so? Or can you just list chemistry on your transcript and in your course description list all the things your student learned in chemistry, as if you taught the course yourself? I'm not out to deceive at all; just genuinely curious what the norm is.) Would love to hear how others vet and describe their outsourced courses. Thanks! Edited March 10, 2022 by EKT Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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