Homeschool Program Reviews

Homeschool program reviews to save you time!

Here are a couple homeschool program reviews that meet or surpass our ten points for choosing a homeschool program, plus were a financial value considering what you receive. These homeschool program reviews were mainly selected because their length of operation is over 30 years. Many homeschool programs are very young in an academic sense, and still adjusting to improve academic outcomes. Programs on this page take mid-year enrollments. These homeschool program reviews include some benefits in addition to our ten points. Visit their websites for more information.

Western Christian Academy - Southeast Academy

Western Christian Academy:

  • In existence over 30 years.
  • PreK-2nd: Offers a booklet format for PreK-2nd. PreK and learning to read Kindergarten both include additional supplies with the booklets. The booklet format dovetails into an online format at 3rd grade or the student can continue with the booklet format all the way up to 8th grade.
  • 3rd-8th: Offers four different program options for 3rd-8th grades, which offers flexibility for the individual needs of the student and parents. Most 3rd-8th grade students differ on when an online format works best. Western’s booklet option seamlessly transitions to an online format at any grade level. Many accredited online schools do not offer a booklet format for 3rd-8th. If choosing one of the online programs, there is an option to have a higher level of teacher support called Teacher On Call, which is helpful for 7th-8th grade students or parents that do not have as much time.
  • High school: Western’s high school program includes Teacher On Call, which allows parents to focus on encouragement rather than concept tutoring. Students can interact with a subject teacher via several different methods to receive academic help. Teacher On Call also provides an additional person (along with the parents) that provides encouragement and motivation.
  • Free achievement testing.
  • More comprehensive high school science labs for students heading toward college science courses.
  • Offer a 10% discount for pastors, missionaries, or active military families.
  • Their office hours run later in the day than many alternatives because they are based on Pacific time. This may be a benefit for late risers or working parents. (8am-4pm PST, 9am-5pm MST, 10am-6pm CST, 11am-7pm EST) This also makes teacher support features available later in the day for many people.

Western Christian Academy benefits over curriculum sellers:

  • High school diploma from an accredited school. Curriculum sellers are not accredited.
  • School number for college entrance tests and FAFSA (college financial aid).
  • Can reduce conflict, because the student knows someone else cares about his or her progress besides the parents.
  • With their online format, “Teacher On Call” and “Online With Assistance” programs include scoring assistance for writing assignments that computers cannot score, which prevents parent burnout.
  • For many states, easier state registration due to being an accredited school.
  • Less expensive when considering what you get.
  • Frees up parent time to focus on encouragement and specialty areas.

Western Christian Academy benefits over many homeschool programs and online schools:

  • Dual accreditation for 6th-12th from North Central Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA/CASI), plus from National Association of Private Schools. NCA/CASI is recognized nationwide. K-5th is accredited from National Association of Private Schools.
  • Pre-K through high school, so all siblings can be in same school.
  • Pre-K through high school, so student and parent gains efficiency from staying in same school.

Their benefits over online charter schools:

  • Can stay with same program and procedures if the student should ever move.
  • Has a Christian worldview.
  • Less parental requirements and paperwork.

 Southeast Academy Online:

  • In existence over 30 years.
  • PreK-2nd: Offers a booklet format for PreK-2nd. Both PreK and their “learning to read” Kindergarten programs also include a kit along with the booklets. The booklet format dovetails into an online format at 3rd grade.
  • 3rd-8th: Offers two different online options for 3rd-8th grades. Both their “Distinctive” and Elite” online programs offer scoring assistance for writing assignments that computers cannot score, which prevents parent burnout. Both online program have built-in digital tutors when the student may need additional information. Their “Distinctive” program is a lower cost option where the parent may need to provide occasional concept help. Their “Elite” program provides all the features of “Distinctive”, but also provides academic help via several tools. Some school at home families have less relationship challenges when an outside teacher can provide academic help
  • High school: Southeast Academy’s high school program includes their “Elite” program, which allows parents to focus on encouragement rather than concept tutoring. Students can interact with a subject teacher via several different methods to receive academic help. “Elite” also provides an additional person (along with the parents) that provides encouragement and motivation. Southeast Academy offers more comprehensive high school science labs than most online schools in case the student is heading toward college science courses.
  • Free achievement testing.
  • Offer a 10% discount for pastors, missionaries, or active military families.
  • Their office hours run earlier in the day than some alternatives because they are based on Eastern time. If ever needing to contact the office, Southeast Academy may be a benefit for early risers.  (8am-4:30pm EST, 7am-3:30pm CST, 6am-2:30pm MST, 5am-1:30pm PST) Their teacher support features have more extended hours than these office hours.

Southeast Academy benefits over curriculum sellers:

  • High school diploma from an accredited school. Curriculum sellers are not accredited.
  • School number for college entrance tests and FAFSA (college financial aid).
  • Can reduce conflict, because the student knows someone else cares about his or her progress besides the parents.
  • With their online format, “Distinctive” and “Elite” programs include scoring assistance for writing assignments that computers cannot score, which prevents parent burnout.
  • For many states, easier state registration due to being an accredited school.
  • Less expensive when considering what you get.
  • Frees up parent time to focus on encouragement and specialty areas.

Southeast Academy benefits over many homeschool programs and online schools:

  • Dual accreditation for K-12th from  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI), plus from National Association of Private Schools. Most online schools do not have SACS/CASI accreditation in younger grade levels. SACS/CASI is recognized nationwide.
  • Pre-K through high school, so all siblings can be in same school.
  • Pre-K through high school, so student and parent gains efficiency from staying in same school.

Southeast Academy benefits over online charter schools:

  • Can stay with same program and procedures if the student should ever move.
  • Has a Christian worldview.
  • Less parental requirements and paperwork.

Western Christian Academy -  Southeast Academy