Homeschooling with Saylor Academy

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What:  501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers free and open online courses.

Who authorizes the college credit? Some of their courses have been evaluated by the American Council on Education as college credit eligible, while others are NOT worth college credit.

Who accepts the credit?  Saylor has a direct partnership with 22 partner colleges that have formal credit arrangements.  Not all of their partners accept all of their courses for credit. Furthermore, the course equivalency list may be one or more semesters old.  Confirm that your target college awards credit before enrolling.

How it works:  I suggest visiting their official website for a detailed overview, but I’ll give you the quick version.  You pay NOTHING to take these courses.  They are completely free to start and stop on demand.  Textbook passages are accessible through links in the class, so the program is completely free.  There is no graded homework, no attendance verification, and no teacher. It is self-directed learning.  The quizzes, exams, homework, and midterm exams are all open book.  You can take some or all of the units, and you are free to jump around.

When ready, you have the option to take a proctored final exam via webcam on your home computer or in person if you can find a local proctor (librarians often do this).  If you do not wish to pursue college credit, you simply stop the class at that time. Parents can award high school credit, but since Saylor doesn’t verify completion, the parent would need to make their own determination.  Since you technically don’t have to complete the class; you can go straight to the final exam.  As such, the exam alone determines whether or not you earn college credit in the course.

Proctoring:  For those who want a completely free experience, follow their criteria and find a local proctor.  If you don’t mind paying for web-based proctoring, you can use the third party proctor company called ProctorU to monitor you during your test.  Saylor has set up the relationship already, you’ll simply pay $25.  Note, to earn college credit, you must pass the proctored final exam with a score of 70% or better.  If you passed the exam, you must complete a final step of adding your course onto your ACE transcript.

What is an ACE transcript?  Create an ACE account  Each of your homeschooled students needs their own ACE account with individual email addresses.   I’ve made a short Youtube Video to walk you through the process.  Save their login information, they’ll keep the same account for life.

Courses:  Currently, Saylor Academy offers 30 courses for college credit.

Potential:  90 college credits for $0 – 750 based on your proctoring fee

Homeschooling for College Credit with Saylor Academy (8 pages) Saylor High School