Keystone can be very challenging for teenagers who are not good at self-discipline. Both me and my sister are enrolled and while I am breezing by, she struggles with making a schedule that is right for her, so she procrastinates and doesn't do her work. You have to trust your child to work at a pace that fits for them, and you have to be prepared to help them if they are struggling with that. Don't get mad at them though, keystone isn't for everyone and it is kind of trial and error. If you think, given the chance, your child would play video games instead of furthering their education, keystone might be challenging for them. If you think education is really important to your child and they value the importance of it, keystone will probably be the right choice for them. Not all children will always fit into all schools, you just have to find the right one for them.
Keystone School is below average in ease of use. My 7th grader needs help with almost all his classes, and he is an A student. He is at home due to illness. We two months behind and frustrated. Most of the work does seem to be busy work and not helpful in learning. I never expected for my son and me to be going to 7th grade together! I have not asked for help from the school because I do not know that there is anything they can change. This is the way their classes are set up, too much essay writing. Don't know if we will be going next year. I noticed that discussion boards among the kids state the exact same problem with other kids. I was browsing to make sure what my son may be reading. That's how I discovered that we were not the only ones.
Independent homeschooling is better. Tests, quizzes and assignments are out of synch with reading material. Teachers are, with some blessed exceptions, simply graders not teachers. The teachers and the administration are very defensive and instead of looking to address problems they stick together. Only sign up for this school if you are prepared to put in SIGNIFICANT hours teaching your child the material and helping them through the poorly written test/quiz questions. There is a lot of writing, which feels more like busy work than something of value, and the schedules are poorly cobbled together. I can only imagine how frustrated real, engaged teachers are for this school. For those phoning it in, it must be a dream come true. Again, do NOT expect support from the school administration. In a 'real' school you could escalate to the Board, here there is no Board but someone in K12 management. This is a business, pure and simple and you are just a number. If you're unhappy, they'll just replace you with a new number as there is enough demand. Know that and make an informed decision as to whether this will work for you. We thought it was a means to an end. We're rethinking.
I would love to be able to review the curriculum but due to the fact I never got any kind of return calls or emails from anyone in admissions despite promises to do so, my son never got the chance to start. This year was our second attempt at enrolling him and we got the same dismissive treatment both times. Obviously they aren't interested in my business.
My daughter is currently trying to finish Keystones AP French course. Our experience: BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER. Our daughter is straight A student, Governor Scholar, AP Scholar with Honor, etc. She wanted to take AP French at her high school but not enough students were interested so they offered her this. We are dissatisfied for many reasons: 1. Too many assignments: a whopping 331, way more than any other AP course she's taken (and she passed all 6) 2. Technical problems: many of the online resources required to do the assignments we closed. When reported to her teacher the assignments were replaced by more difficult essays. In the end we decided it was better to just guess on the answers. 3. No teaching...my daughter had a "teacher" who graded her written assignments, but that was it. 4.STRESS!! I have never had to monitor by daughter in all her years of school. Since she hated working on this, and it was so time consuming, she quickly fell behind. This has been the most stressful school related issue we've had with any of our 4 kids. 5. Wasted time: All the hours, stress and strife, and my daughter doesn't think she passed the AP test or even improved her French.
This school is definitely based on the child's ability to stay on track out of the classroom environment and the parents willingness to help their child. I used Keystone for my last year of high school after dropping out of public high school for personal reasons and refusing to go back to public school system. At first it was a challenge because while at home its easy to get distracted, but after awhile I found my routine. The school itself has great curriculum I learned things that public school just glossed over. The school gave me tools to learn things in depth and create a personal connection, especially in history classes. I had trouble in math classes but teachers were always helpful and responded quickly. English classes have a lot of writing involved it can seem overwhelming but its ok to look outside of the books for helpful examples. Counselors were helpful with getting students the things they needed for college applications including reference letters. In short this school gave me a second chance to learn. When I left public school was 2.98 when I left Keystone it was 3.8. I also had a refreshed state mind towards learning and school and excited for college.
I am currently in my Junior year at Keystone and I absolutely love this school. This is my first year here and like many other people say it not an easy program. It is very writing intensive and it requires so many essays, research papers and journal assignments. But the teachers are always there for you when you need them and they are always helpful. All of the administrative staff is great as well and I have gotten great help in Guidance about college and motivational tips from the learning coach. This is a great school and I cant find one thing negative to say about them!
My son has an English teacher who gives him 100 for everything and doesn't help him learn to write or correct his writing. They are reading only The Life of Bees. [Full stop.] The math teacher is totally unavailable and tutors need to be hired to teach him math. In Geography, they watch clips online from Discovery Channel, replete with adverts. The French is pathetic, and he's learning nothing. The science teacher seems OK though. On the whole, it's a cheap, junky, outdated curriculum. When I tried to talk to head of curriculum, "she was out." Two days later, still no return call. Uncaring, lazy, invisible, and noncommunicative teachers and administration. You can tell that they don't care from the voice mail. They're making it with taxpayer dollars from unwitthing school districts. There should be one or two nonprofit online schools with a sound curriculum and available teachers.
I Absolutely love this school!!!!! I don't have a single con about it! helpful staff, and easy work!!!! I'am in sixth grade and I always used to beg my parents to let me stay home when I used to go to regular school and most of the time it was yes but when it was no I had a crying fit in order to get a yes. There is no pros about regular elementary school. All I used to get is detentions for stupid stuff and I felt like I was in a jail, only you got to go home at the end of the day. I'am still shocked that I don't have to worry about any of that crap anymore. Without Keystone I would still have to go to that hell-hole. Thank you so much Keystone!!!! I give it 1000/1000 stars!!!!
First of all, I want to note that I was hired by a Keystone student's family to tutor him through their curriculum. I am a certified secondary math teacher myself with a B.S./M.A. Communication with the school is awful. At times, the platform did not work. The curriculum is outdated and very poor. Links to complete assignments often do not work as the sites closed 3-4 years ago. Some of the math concepts are completely wrong and the teachers often do not even recognize it. For example, one lesson defines terms incorrectly and then has such problems as a 5-5-10 (side lengths) triangle. Social studies materials also tend to be misleading and copy Wikipedia for diagrams and some information. When asked where information came from, I was usually told "I do not know". The "teachers" are also not there to actual instruct. Instead, the student will work through the material alone and have limited interactions with the teachers who only have about 5 hours of "office time" to give to students/parents. Unless other courses are much better, I cannot see anything here benefiting a child. I also question whether some of the reviews were written by Keystone staff.
I'm at Keystone now as a senior. I dropped out of public school after 9th grade; I wanted more of a challenge. My first year with Keystone wasn't easy. Until you learn to be self motivated and self-paced, it can be a struggle to finish certain courses.The honors classes I've taken I really liked. Feedback received from teachers of those classes and most others was helpful. I enjoyed Spanish I and II in 'regular' school, but Spanish 3 at Keystone, due to lack of oral communication skills taught, was a drag. Some teachers (when they get around to replying) don't give good feedback. Didn't get great guidance from the counselor regarding college plans and course selection either. However, I feel the nature of the program is preparing me for college better than most traditional schools. I've always been straight A student and course content is generally stimulating. Some classes aren't the best, and teachers are hit or miss. Try to find someone online who has taken the course you're interested in and ask them about it first. As long as you put in the work and make the most out of courses you choose, you can enjoy the flexibility and advantages that a Keystone education has to offer.
I dropped out of high school because I was humiliated and bullied by my science teacher. At Keystone, I completed 3 years of school in 2 years and was admitted to 6 out of 7 state universities I applied to. I received my BA last year and am continuing my education next Fall at the graduate school of my choice. Keystone is a good school that requires a lot of work and diligence. For students who are serious about their education it is a very good choice.
Awful. Very difficult to work with. My children are college bound and wanted a rigorous program. Instead, dealt with rude employees who could not seem to figure out what they were doing. We will definitely not be continuing with this program. I do not recommend to anyone.
I can honestly say that I am so happy with being a graduate from Keystone! I got into the college I have wanted attend since I was in high school. i have absolutely nothing negative to say about keystone except that the teachers and staff are really awesome, friendly, helpful, and always there when you need them! I graduated from keystone dec. of 2010 and I am now a happy college student!!! if you are willing to sacrifice yourself and actually get a real high school diploma rather than a GED, keystone is for you! to be honest, it IS A LOT of work, and you have to be fully focused and determined! i had a year to finish my 6 classes, and i finished them in about 3 months, but thats because i would literally stay home all day and do nothing but work work work. and look at me now! i got in the college i wanted and have a 3.5 GPA and working towards my dream of being in the FBI! AND I WOULDN'T BE HERE TODAY WITHOUT KEYSTONE!!!!!
My family to travels frequently. With Keystone I have the ability to get a great education while still being able to do all of the exciting things I love. Keystone is a great program for anyone seeking to push their learning the limit using the future of education. I love that Iam actually learning while getting to travel and work at my own schedule. I came from a school of 33 middle and highschool and it was basicly a homeschool Co-Op run out of a church. With this program Iam challenged every day but I enjoy doing it. The instructors are great and I dont have to deal with any attitudes like I used to have to when I was in private school. One of the best things about it is that they are a nationally accredited school with thousands of students, so I dont have to worry about explaining where the podunk school I came from is.
I enrolled this year for my Sophomore year and am loving it. The courses are great and allow for a flexible schedule, and the teachers are very helpful and easy to contact. And I love how students connect through facebook or skype - I've made many new friends and really enjoy the great feeling of community. Thanks, Keystone!
Pros: - Work at your own pace - Readily available teachers, guidance counselors, and technical support staff - Well-organized and easy to follow instructions and learning material - Textbooks included in tuition, so you don't have to worry about hunting down the required text - Unlike at public school, the entire textbook is used for a course, so you're getting your money's worth out of it AND learning a wide range of material - Correspondence coursework can be submitted by mail, e-mail, or fax Cons: - The online classes seem to glitch up fairly often and go down for several hours - You must be highly motivated and independent; if you put off public school homework until the last minute because you 'don't feel like doing it,' distance learning will most likely not work for you - Very limited selection of courses compared to other popular programs - English classes have ten times the amount of writing assignments than most other classes, and it's overwhelming if you don't pace yourself
I enrolled at Keystone for freshman year and am working on my junior year. I am very pleased with the program, although some improvement could be made on the German 1 class. The classes are not what I would call "easy," but they are not terribly difficult, either. Those enrolling in English classes can expect to see a good deal of required writing, but when managed adequately, the workload should be alright. Other classes frequently require 1 or 2 research papers written in MLA format. The variety of classes, including AP classes is extensive, from high school-prep like Pre-Algebra and Life Science all the way to AP Calculus and AP Physics. The teachers are helpful at answering questions, and most often reply to e-mails or call back within 36 hours. Customer service is also good. The price is very reasonable, going from about $1500 to $2000 a year for 5-6 classes. Overall, I would highly recommend this school. It is an excellent opportunity for a prep-school education without the exorbitant tuition.
I just started this school in August, and even though I was nervous about the transition, it turned out to be the best decision I've ever made. I love this school and all it overs, which is over and above the ordinary. The teachers are great and the classes are thorough and well laid out. I love the flexibility we have and it is just all around the best school.
I am a Keystone student who has been enrolled for just over a year. It is a great way to be able to finish your schooling early, focus on sports or the arts, or just a way to get a better education. I feel I have learned so much more in this time with Keystone than I have my past 2 years in a public school. The English courses are by far the most difficult to the amounts of writing. One person previously stated that you must be organized to use this school. I procrastinated and am now past my deadline using extensions to finish my classes. You do need to stay organized however, Keystone is there to help you throughout your journey and make it a success. The teachers are amazingly helpful and the student services are always available as well. I am VERY happy with my time at Keystone and have recommended it to many people looking for a homeschool program.
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