The Inspired Scholar offers two types of online courses. 1) Live courses that meet online will have a time specified. 2) The other type of online course is self-paced and may be started once the course is opened. Students access the instruction when it is convenient for them and work at their own pace and complete the course by the ending date. The course must be completed by the end of the semester (for semester courses) or by the end of the year (for year-long) courses. When the course is open, enrolled students will be able to access the lessons through online links. They have access to the links for the duration of the course.
Classes, on the other hand, meet face-to-face in the Phoenix area (near I-17 and Cactus Rd.)
The grade level indicates that the course was designed for students of that age. A child should be placed into a course according to his ability level and not merely by age or grade. If there is a large discrepancy, please contact the instructor to discuss it further. We are interested in your children receiving an education that fits their needs.
This depends on your individual child. Do they tend to work quickly? Are they focused? Do they struggle with the subject? Generally, it is reasonable to expect 4th-5th graders to work 30 minutes 3 to 4 times per week; 6th-8th graders to spend 40-50 minutes 3 to 4 times per week on homework, and older students should spend 40-50 minutes per day. However, these are only guidelines. Some children may need more or less time. A better approach is to spend the time that is necessary to do quality work.
A computer with high-speed internet connection is needed. Also, the ability to create documents in Word or to convert your documents to Word.
It is also helpful, but not required, to have a scanner to upload an assignment which is a chart, diagram, or picture.
Assignments are to be typed unless otherwise specified. If a student cannot type his own papers, a parent may type them for him.
Papers must be sumbitted in Word (.doc, .docx) and on occasion, as a PDF. Those who use Apple computers can and must convert their documents to Word.
We use an easy-to-use online learning management system at no cost to you for our record-keeping and messaging system as well as for students to submit assignments and receive feedback. Parents may also view this information. The information on setting up your account is sent to enrolled students before the course begins.
I grade whatever has been turned in twice weekly. Papers will not be evaluated on Saturday, Sunday, or holidays and breaks.
Students may not "pile up" papers but should submit one assignment at a time and wait for feedback before submitting the next assignment.
We aim to be available for your children. Students may email, text, or call the instructor with questions.
All students receive helpful and expert evaluation of their work. Rough drafts are an essential part of the writing process, but are not graded. This allows students to improve their writing before submitting the final draft, which is graded.
Tuition varies depending on the age/grade level of the course. This information is on the Courses page under the specific course description. Scroll to the bottom for the link to info. for each course.
Payments are made through PayPal by sending to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Courses can be paid monthly or by the semester. Paying by the semester will save you money. Paying for the first month constitutes a commitment to pay for the entire semester.
Yes! The Inspired Scholar was a homeschool Mom on a tight budget once! We are budget-friendly and offer you four ways to save!
1. Registration is per family, not per student or per class.
2. Register early - Registration begins in April.
3. Pay by the semester, rather than monthly and save 10%.
4. For families with three or more children, the least expensive course tuition will be deducated by 10%.
Yes, we do! If you only need someone to provide that objective and expert eye and to give evaluation on writing assignments, that is available.
$35/month for 4th-5th grade
$45/month for 6th-8th grade
$55/month for 9th-10th grade (or essay writing)
$65/month for 11th-12th grade (or research writing)
Multiple papers may be submitted per month, but only one at a time. Students must wait for feedback on one assignment before submitting the next, so that they can apply what they learn.