(Little Rock, Arkansas)
My son is using the 10th grade full Abeka Academy program this year but also used the 9th grade math last year. He loves, loves, loves the teachers. He prefers to hear and see a teacher in front of a class, and this meets his learning style needs. The teachers are engaging. The academics are strong. He says that he thinks he is learning a lot and, when comparing this to other programs we have used in the past, he will tell you that this is the best by far.
He did struggle with the Geometry, which moves at lightening speed in my opinion, and is focused on proofs only. I supplemented the geometry with another program. But last year, he struggled with math from another curriculum, and their Algebra program was the one that helped him catch up. It’s always the math that seems to need tweaking from year to year.
We use the Independent option which allows me, the parent, to keep up with his grades, papers, projects, etc. I don’t see the point of having the school keep up with all of that because it means that my child would have to submit EVERY assignment that they require directly to them. Honestly, that would be quite burdensome.
That kind of commitment would take the joy and flexibility out of homeschooling. But I would say that I require my son to do at least 90% of what the Abeka Academy program assigns as work.
The Academy has made homeschooling much more enjoyable for our family. But as I said before, it meets the needs of my individual child’s learning style. It will not suit everyone; however, it has been a huge blessing for us!