Online College Credit Classes – The Basics
ONLINE CLASSES SNAPSHOT:
• Christian-worldview high school college-credit classes
• $599 per semester for 9 total college credits, $449 per semester for 6 total college credits
• 1.5-hour class on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday (depending on the class set)
• 30 weeks, August through April
• 23 years of experience teaching high schoolers
Frequently asked questions about the online college credit classes (scroll down or watch above video!):
Who are you? • What are these classes like? • How do the college credits work? • When do the classes meet? • What does my student do during the week? • What about tests/grades/record keeping? • How much do the classes cost? • What materials/supplies does my student need? • I have more questions; can I contact you?
Who are you?
I’m a Christian homeschooling dad with six graduates and one teenager; I’ve been married 32 years to my wife Julie. In high school I got interested in government/politics and literature, started tutoring math on the side, worked one year each as a teacher/zookeeper in a government school and a Christian school, and started my high school co-op in 2002.
I’ve written several books, including American Government, Economics, and Civics books for Christian homeschoolers, and also edited six literature sets for Christian homeschoolers (7th through 12th “grade”). I’ve also written two “Homeschool Humor” books.
Right now with my classes I’m really focused on helping Christian high schoolers learn subjects like literature and history and government from an exciting, Christian worldview! I went to government schools throughout my elementary, high school, and college years, and the evolutionist/socialist/statist dreck they threw at us even back then (I graduated high school in 1987) stuck in my mind, in the sense that I thought, when I started teaching, I’m going to give these kids the absolute opposite of that: the truth!
What are these classes like?
Just choose one of the four English + History class sets below for your student. We meet once per week for 90 minutes using Jitsi. If it’s Week 12, for example, we’ll review Week 11’s assignments, introduce new topics, go over what we’re going to do the coming week, and so on. I’ll answer questions and give students plenty of opportunities to interact and give their input. I enjoy working with high schoolers, so we’ll have a good time and learn a lot!
You can find out more details about the material we cover in the four class sets at the very bottom of this page.
How do the college credits work?
I’m partnering with a Christian university. I teach each college-credit-earning dual enrollment class, record your student’s dual enrollment grades, and send them in to the university. All your student has to do for each dual enrollment class is (a) register online with the university (It’s free!); (b) complete a “Course Requirement Checklist Quiz” online (takes about three minutes); (c) complete our weekly readings, essays, quizzes, and other assignments; and (d) complete and upload one paper/assignment to the university’s web site (we will work on each paper/assignment during class and at home, and I will grade them myself). I can give you more details about the exact steps to take to register your student when the time comes.
When do the classes meet?
Beginning in August and going through April (see our calendar here), these class sets meet meet on these days (one meeting per week; choose one set for your student per year):
Class Set 1:
American Government and English (American Literature, Grammar, Vocabulary, Composition) – 6 Credits
Wednesdays, 3 – 4:30 PM (EST)
In this class set students earn 3 credits for American Government and 3 credits for American Literature.
More details here.
Class Set 2:
Civics, Economics, and English (Classic Literature, Grammar, Vocabulary, Composition) – 6 Credits
Tuesdays, 12 noon – 1:30 PM (EST)
In this class set students earn 3 credits for English I and 3 credits for English II.
More details here.
Class Set 3:
World History I, World History II, and English (World Literature, Composition) – 9 Credits
Thursdays, 3:30 – 5 PM (EST)
In this class set students earn 3 credits for World History I, 3 credits for World History II, and 3 credits for World Literature.
More details here.
Class Set 4:
U. S. History I, U. S. History II, and English (British Literature, Composition) – 9 Credits
Tuesdays, 2 – 3:30 PM (EST)
In this class set students earn 3 credits for U. S. History I, 3 credits for U. S. History II, and 3 credits for British Literature.
More details here.
You can see that students who take the online class sets four years in a row during high school will earn 6 + 6 + 9 + 9 = 30 credits, or one year of college/university.
If your student misses a class, I plan on recording them (as long as you parents give your permission; even then I’ll never allow anyone outside our class to view them), so I should be able to send you a link for viewing later.
What does my student do during the week?
After each online class, I’ll email you and/or your student a four-day assignment sheet which divides up readings and assignments. You can see an example of the kind of sheet by scrolling to the bottom of this page. (For a additional fee, I can add things to your student’s assignment sheet like “Day 1: Make dinner,” “Day 2: Tar the roof,” “Day 3: Rub Dad’s feet for an hour,” etc.)
What about tests/grades/record keeping?
In my in-person classes we do regular tests, but I think it would probably be a little awkward to try that in an online class, so I think it would be a good idea for students to do them at home, probably on the day before class, so it’s fresh in their minds if they want to ask me any questions about them.
I’ll email you the test and key each time, and you can print it out and administer it, then score it (They’re easy to score!), and email me your student’s score, along with questions, if you have any. I’ll input your student’s scores into a Microsoft Excel grade sheet and send you regular updates! I’ve also created a transcript template that I can give you at the end of the classes; you can see what it looks like by scrolling to the bottom of this page again.
Essays for class and dual enrollment essays/projects are different; I’ll grade all those! Students will email me their regular class essays in Microsoft Word format (I provide a template), and I’ll correct them and email them back. Students will also email me dual enrollment essays and projects, and I’ll grade those too and return the corrected versions.
At the end of the year, I’ll email you a document that gives the books and topics we studied in each subject, so you can keep that for your records.
How much do the classes cost?
The cost is $599 due in both August and December for a 9-credit class set, or $449 due in both August and December for a 6-credit class set. Tuition is due before the first class day in August, and before the first class day in December. (Of that tuition, $300 per 3-credit class I send directly to the Christian university for the dual enrollment credits.) Click here to go to the tuition payment page!
Can I get more details on the subjects and topics each class set covers?
Sure! Just choose one of these below, or click under the subtopic menu under the online classes menu item at the top of any page on this web site.
• Civics/Economics/English (with Classic Literature) class set details are here.
• American Government/English (with American Literature) class set details are here.
• U. S. History I & II/English (with British Literature) class set details are here.
• World History I & II/English (with World Literature) class set details are here.
What materials/supplies does my student need?
- The American Government/English (with American Literature) class set supply list is here.
- The Civics/Economics/English (with Classic Literature) class set supply list is here.
- The World History I & II/English (with World Literature) class set supply list is here.
- The U. S. History I & II/English (with British Literature) class set supply list is here.
Can I contact you?
Sure! You can email me here or call/text me at the number below.
• 90-minute classes, meeting either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday
• Students earn either 6 or 9 college credits per class set, depending on the set
• Tests at home (parent graded), essays I grade, reports and transcript docs emailed to parents
• Supplies needed: books (links above), MS Word, Internet/email access
• Register here.
• Pay tuition here.
May the Lord bless your homeschooling journey!