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Study.com Homeschool FAQ

Getting started

How do I sign up for homeschool?

Go to the Study.com Homeschool homepage and scroll down to the Get Started box. Select either monthly or annual billing and click Create an account to begin the process.

What is the family plan for homeschooling?

The family plan will give you a free parent admin account that links to one or more paid student subscriptions. This account will allow you as the parent to log in and see individual student progress, download the gradebook to easily monitor quiz scores, and receive weekly progress reports. This homeschool plan also allows students of different ages to use Study.com for customized purposes, whether they are using it for supplementary learning or to earn college credit through ACE- and NCCRS-recommended courses. The family plan is available in the homeschool monthly or annual plans!

Are there additional fees beyond the monthly or annual charges for the family plan?

The monthly or annual charges on the family plan include one parent account and one student account. If you would like to add additional student accounts to the family plan, there will be a fee for each student added.

Do I still need to buy textbooks for homeschooling?

For the most part, no. While Study.com offers some textbook-aligned courses, these courses will contain sufficient information for students to complete them without needing to purchase the textbook. However, certain English courses will include literary analysis assignments based off specific books. For these courses, it is highly recommended that students obtain and read the texts for the full course experience.

Is Study.com a complete homeschool curriculum or just a supplementary resource?

Study.com offers a complete online homeschool curriculum for grades 3-12. Depending on your specific homeschooling needs, Study.com can be used as a stand-alone curriculum or to supplement other curriculums, as well as for PSAT, SAT and ACT test prep; AP and CLEP prep; dual-credit opportunities; and more.

Is there a free trial?

Study.com offers a 30-day money-back guarantee for all account types, including the annual plan.

Am I limited to only taking homeschool courses?

No. In addition to providing the most popular core and elective classes chosen for homeschool students, Study.com also offers a wide range of other courses for grades 3 through 12, college, and beyond! Click on "Courses," and then filter by subject or grade level to narrow down your search from over 4,000 different course offerings.

How many classes can my student take at a time?

Your student can take as many classes as they want. There isn't a limit to how many classes your student can take at any one time.

Can my child earn ACE college credits while completing middle/high school homeschool courses?

Yes, Study.com offers over 220 college courses that can be used to earn dual credit. Have your student pick one of these accredited courses, for example History 103: US History 1, to earn high school and college credit at the same time. Click here to learn more about earning ACE college credits and Study.com partner schools. Homeschool plan members must upgrade to the College Accelerator plan in order to take the final proctored exam for these courses. Without the exam, credit cannot be earned and transferred. Upgrading to this plan can happen through the membership tab in the dashboard.

Every homeschool lesson has a video with it, correct?

While not every homeschool lesson is a video lesson, the vast majority are.

Are Study.com homeschool lessons good for students with special needs?

Study.com's engaging and easy to use platform can accommodate a variety of special needs. Study.com provides closed captions on our video lessons, video speed control, printable transcripts, summary segments, short quiz questions, lesson summaries, self-paced lessons and so much more! Learn more about homeschooling for special needs here.

Do the homeschool courses on Study.com satisfy education standards for the grade level?

All homeschool courses are designed to map to one year of grade-level academic learning.

Where do I find an overall course grade for each homeschool student?

Overall course grades are left to the parent's discretion. While there are multiple pieces of data provided by the quiz and test scores on Study.com to inform this final grade, depending on how the parent decides to weight and grade specific homeschool assignments based on educational priority, the overall course grade calculation will be different for each family.

How does quiz and test grading work in homeschool courses?

Quizzes are given at the end of each lesson to check understanding. They can be retaken as needed with the same questions for mastery. Tests at the end of each chapter can also be retaken and will generate new questions to avoid repetition. Scores are not averaged across tests, so it is up to the parent to determine their weight and what scores to use for final grades. Parents can also decide if other work, such as homeschool assignments, will figure into the overall course grade.

Is everything autograded on Study.com?

Quizzes and chapter tests are autograded. Additional optional homeschool assignments are graded by the parent, and Study.com provides a grading rubric for these assignments.

Can my student take homeschool classes in different grade levels?

Yes, you can choose any course from any grade level.

Using Study.com

How do I set up the classes so my student knows what lessons to do on a daily basis?

Many parents have experimented with what works best for their student, whether it's agreeing to spend a certain amount of time daily, complete an agreed-upon number of lessons per day in given subjects, or finish what is on a daily checklist. This planning will require looking over the class to see how many lessons are within the course and where to include additional homeschool assignments. Some families find making a homeschool assignment daily checklist useful. When a student is enrolled in a course and a targeted end date is created, Study.com will recommend a certain cadence of lessons each week to keep the student on track with achieving completion of the course by the selected date. These goals can be updated at any time and the student's progress is automatically reported to parents with a family plan.

What is a Custom Course?

Parents, or homeschool teachers, can create their own courses by adding any lesson on Study.com into custom chapters, containing up to 50 lessons per custom course. Multiple courses may need to be created for a full semester or year's work. This is a great option if you wish to piece together your own homeschool curriculums, and it is available on a homeschool plan, a family plan, or a teacher plan.

How do I add a student to my family plan?

In the parent account dashboard, click "Students" on the left-hand side. In the center of the page, you should see an "Add Additional Student" button.

Billing and Accounts

How do I view my billing information?

Click on Membership on the left-hand side of the dashboard, and then Membership & Billing on the right under "Subscription Information." If you are on the family plan, click on "Act As" to choose a student and it will bring up that student's specific billing info.

How do I pause my account on a family plan, and how long can I pause it for?

To pause your account, click "Membership" on the left-hand side of the dashboard, and then "Membership & Billing" on the right. Update the "Act As" to reflect which student account you'd like to pause, and then follow directions under "Pause Account" on the right-hand side of the same page. You can pause your family plan account for up to 3 months.

I tried the monthly plan, but now I want to sign up for the annual plan. Can I do that from my account?

You can easily switch to the annual plan by choosing membership and then membership/billing on the dashboard. Click on change plan under "Current Membership."

How do I cancel my family plan?

From the Dashboard, click "Membership" under Account, then "Membership and Billing", then "Cancel Subscription."

Will Study.com charge my card for the full term of the family plan (monthly or annual) right away?

Yes, your credit card will be charged. However, you're given a 30-day money back guarantee when you sign up!

How do I get a refund within the first 30 days of any plan if Study.com doesn’t work for my family?

While logged into your account, click on support at the bottom of the page and request a refund. Then, click on membership/membership and billing and click cancel. Contact customer service if we can help you find a solution or choose a different plan that can work for you.

What is the best way to contact customer service?

Please contact us through a customer support ticket on: https://study.com/contact/index.php. This will create an online message ticket.

Is there a Facebook group of families that use Study.com for homeschooling?

The Homeschooling with Study.com Facebook group offers a place for families to support one another. It is run by homeschooling parents that use Study.com as a complete curriculum for their students.

I can't figure out what plan I should sign up for, where can I get help?

This page is a resource to help you select the best membership for your homeschooling needs from Study.com: https://study.com/homeschool/plans.html. The Facebook group is also fantastic place to ask real parents and homeschool teachers about plan comparisons and choices regarding the different options, which may differ depending on how many student accounts you are planning to have, what the educational aims are of enrolling on Study.com, etc.

Does Study.com have courses for homeschooling for college credit?

Many of the College Accelerator courses, which are dual-credit earning, are accredited. You would need to check with the college you are looking to apply credits to in order to confirm their transferability. Ensure that your student has the College Accelerator account so that they can take the proctored final exams if you are looking to get college credit.

New to Homeschool FAQ

How do I homeschool?

There are a variety of ways to implement a homeschooling program. First, investigate any state requirements; next, decide on a curriculum that is right for your child. Learn how to get started.

What are the pros & cons of homeschooling programs?

There are several factors to weigh when making the decision to homeschool your student. Start by considering the state you live in, your budget, and your child's learning style. An informed understanding of the pros and cons may lead to a more successful start with your family's homeschooling program.

How much do homeschooling programs cost?

Homeschooling costs vary widely and may range from a few hundred dollars to almost $3,000 a year per student. Key factors include curriculum, materials, tools, and supplies; understand how these factors could affect your family's costs.

What makes Study.com a good resource for homeschooling parents?

Study.com is an all-in-one membership with everything you need to homeschool, including fun and engaging video lessons for all subjects and grades, comprehensive assessments, instructor support, and study scheduling. Explore how we can support your homeschool journey.

How do I evaluate homeschool curriculum?

The best homeschool curriculum is one that fits both your child's educational needs and interests, and any subject and assessment guides relevant to your state. It's important to evaluate the accuracy and thoroughness of any curriculum - look for resources with courses created by experts and aligned with academic standards like Common Core and ACE. Online instruction like Study.com can provide these qualifications plus flexible, adaptable coursework for all learning styles and educational goals.

How many hours a day are children in a homeschool program?

Many states do not have a prescribed daily amount for children to spend homeschooling -- one of the advantages of homeschooling can be that it is more flexible than traditional schooling. However, some states, like Georgia and South Carolina, do require a certain numbers of hours per day. It is best to check the specific guidelines for your state.

What are some homeschool field trip ideas?

Field trips demonstrate real-life applications of the concepts your child is learning and allow them to explore art and culture in person. Consider visiting planetariums, aquariums, museums, and local farms, among others. Get additional outside-the-box ideas for homeschool field trips.

What is the success rate of students in homeschool programs?

Based on their curricular homeschool goals, each homeschool family may define success differently. While a small minority of total K-12 students in the United States are homeschooled, data suggests that their standardized test scores and college admission rates are at least as good as public school students, if not better.

Do homeschool students take standardized tests?

Whether or not your child must take standardized tests depends on what state you live in, as there is no national standard for homeschooled students in the U.S. Understand how to research these requirements, and what to expect from your state.

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