I HATE Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse
Although Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse is a favorite homeschool curriculum with many, one home educator says, "Buyer Beware!"; read her review to learn more...
I hated the Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse curriculum. It did not impress me at all. We decided to purchase this curriculum (grades 9 and 7 - all courses), rather than staying with ABeka because of the price difference. We were also told, in the advertising of their product, that this curriculum was accredited.
We purchased Switched on Schoolhouse and started the program in September. The 9th grader was excited to use it. It seemed to be very organized, and very user-friendly. We had used this program for about 4 months, when one of the girl's hard drives crashed and she lost everything, including all 4 months of school. I called the AOP customer service line to try and get the information from them. I figured, with it being accredited, that they would have the school files in their system. I was then told that the particular curriculum that I had was NOT accredited. I was shocked! I had thought that they were. I had just assumed that, because you have to have the internet in order to do your work, it just sent them the work through the internet. I was sooo wrong. Anyways... I had to borrow a computer from another family relative, re-install the curriculum on that computer, and then go in and delete all the work I knew she had completed. Luckily, I knew where she had left off on her school work. Otherwise, I would have been guessing at it. After all of this had taken place, she was now two weeks behind on her school work. She has been working at it and is just about two weeks from finishing.
Also, I am a Christian and do not believe in the "so-called" global warming, acid rain, and greenhouse gases controversy. I have my reasons, of which I do not wish to state at this time. They discuss these "issues" at almost every opportunity they can. They speak of the afore-mentioned things, as well as ethnic cleansing, environmental problems and a menagerie of other "pressing issues" in our environment today. They also speak of carbon dating and other points of interests in science class. It is very overdone in their attempt to persuade unknowing children
to conform to their ideology. Neither one of the girls liked, even slightly, this year’s curriculum. Another thing, in their bible class, they do not really teach the salvation message. They hint at it, telling the students how to minister to others (which is great), but they do not go in depth on the teachings of Christ. The 9th grade curriculum mainly focuses on the books of the bible and who wrote them.
Something else, I had called their customer service line again, and asked who had founded the company. NO ONE knew!! Isn't that weird? It was founded in the 70's, yet no one knew who the founder was. You can find the president, but nowhere can you find the founder. It just doesn't "smell" right to me. After this year of school is over, we are definitely switching back to ABeka curriculum! I hope this warns people enough as to the dangers of this so-called "Christian" curriculum.
Wow, losing all your work due to a hard-drive crash is so disappointing! I feel your pain! We certainly have had our share of computer mal-functions over the years and they are so frustrating!
As far as being accredited – when a curriculum is accredited it has been approved by a one or more third-party accrediting association/s. Alpha Omega curriculum is not accredited, however, Alpha Omega Academy is. I double checked their website and they have nothing posted about their curriculum being accredited – although when you visit their AO Academy site, they do state that the Academy is accredited.
When you use any type of curriculum software, most often the grades are only stored on your own system. Online curriculum allows you to store your progress on a server which you can access from any computer. Some software programs may have features where you send your grades in, but you will still need back-up your system so you won't lose your work.
Your review will hopefully be a reminder to all homeschooling parents to take time to back up their computer systems regularly, to avoid loss of important home school records. I know it has been a reminder to me!
Thanks for taking the time to share your Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse experience with others; your thoughts are appreciated! Blessings, Heather :)
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