General FAQS

Our courses are not accredited by any agency. Only a school can be accredited. On our site, parents reserve the right to choose what their child learns; we are not an accreditation agency making each course fit inside boundaries.
We have a page just for high school students and their parents! This page has been especially designed for parents of high school students! You will find encouragement, planners, free printables, eBooks and valuable links to other pages on our site. You can check out our high school tutorial to help you get started. There are numerous recordkeeping resources available to our members. You can find a list of classes that can be used for high school credits here.
Everything on our site is self-paced and up to the parent (which classes to choose, what work needs to be done, etc.). Though we we don't have classes specifically marked as being for children with special needs, parents are free to adapt any class anyway they like in order to make it work for their students. And they can even change classes as needed. They aren't locked into one routine or schedule. Many resources have been put on one page just for you at

We have access to eight of the World Book libraries from our site: Early Learning, Kids, Student, Advanced, eBooks, Timelines, Discover, and Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (Spanish K–4th grade library). As a member, your family has access to all the content in all of those, and you could use it in addition to the courses or just for family learning. A few of our lessons point kids to specific articles in the content to read. The rest is simply there to enjoy and enrich your school day. For example, there are science experiments, learning games and activities, short videos on select topics, history with primary sources lessons, research helps, and a lot of other great features. You can find out more about the World Book resources here.

No, The Old Schoolhouse® and are not aligned with Common Core Standards. has always worked to set the highest standards for homeschool families and provide the needed resources for all of our students to successfully achieve them. As a result, we have not changed any of our classes to align with Common Core, and we believe our classes exceed those standards—which are often confusing and sometimes inappropriate. We believe each child should work at his or her own pace and continue to progress to reach the highest potential possible, without regard to changing fads or stressful testing methods. helps parents provide just such an individualized education for their children.
Let’s listen in as Maria* shares how she uses in her day. Hello! My name is Maria and I have five children, ages 4 to 14. While my youngest is still in bed, I’ll check the Latest News page and the Facebook group to see if there are any new classes I want to check out. I'll check my schedule and see that my oldest's next Literature study by Adam Andrews is going to be Macbeth. I will make a note to grab a copy when I stop at the library this afternoon. I promised my middle son “fun” science today. Let me take a look at World Book’s science experiments. Before I dive into the day, I’d better print Michelle Miller's  Monthly Reading List for Families. I’ll read it while the oldest is at piano. Writing is usually the first class of the day. I’ll give my ten-year-old a writing prompt from Sharon Watson’s Daily Writing. My twelve-year-old is loving Carrie Daws’ Creative Writing, and my fourteen-year-old will work on analyzing this month’s writing selection from Janice Campbell. I’ll give the seven-year-old some Everyday Copywork to practice his handwriting skills while my youngest and I have some fun with Pre-K Read and Play. I hear the little one getting up. If you’ll excuse me, I have to get some ground turkey out of the freezer. My oldest two are cooking supper tonight with what they learned in Sue Gregg’s Whole Foods Cooking class. Now if I can just remember what shelf I put that on . . . *Maria is representative of an average user and is not a single actual user.
Yes. Many of our classes are in-depth and can count for high school credit. Read more about this here.
No, additional textbook purchases are not required, however many of our lessons refer to books that are generally readily available through the library.

Depending on your family’s needs, you can use as the core of your curriculum or to fill in gaps in your current curriculum. We’re providing an extremely broad spectrum for you, and you’ll see our list of subjects grow month by month. That being said, we recognize two things: (1) many families are already using programs they enjoy and are benefiting greatly from, and (2) all families are different. So, here’s our short answer: For a number of families, yes! You’ll have plenty here to keep your day filled and to challenge your children in every way, in every subject you need. For others, it will fill the final gaps or provide the outline for much or most of your day, or supplement your curriculum in subjects you feel you just don’t have a good handle on. If there is a specific course you would like us to add, we’d love to hear from you! Please email Angela Quigley at with your thoughts and suggestions.

You can view a complete list of our courses in our Quick Links directory. You can also find an alphabetized list of our courses on the site. There is a link to the same information in table format at the top of the page that shows whether a class is mostly text, mostly video, etc. You can see a breakdown of our courses by grade level by clicking on the chart on this page. Please remember that one of the beauties of our site, and one of the joys of homeschooling, is that if your child is ahead or behind in a subject, you may simply choose another course. Since the courses are not live, users may self-pace, meaning your kids may breeze through a course or take it slowly if they need to.
Yes, welcomes your feedback. If you have a suggestion for the editorial team, please email Angela Quigley at
Yes, you may cancel at any time. Please contact to cancel the payments. You can also click the chat button in the bottom right of your screen to cancel with a chat representative. (FYI: Current members are locked in at their current rate as long as they keep their membership. We would hate for you to cancel it now and decide later to come back and have to pay more.)
A. Absolutely! You can join from anywhere in the world where you have Internet access and the ability to pay the monthly membership fees through PayPal. We want your ideas, too! You’ll find we have teachers on the site from the US, Canada, Australia, Wales, South Africa, and England. Note: International memberships are subject to applicable legal restrictions in respective countries.
A. Yes, you can use on your Apple and Android devices or any other electronic tablet that allows Internet browsing. To login on your phone, you need to first switch to 'desktop', then login with your email address and password, then switch back to 'mobile'. Your back issues of the magazine may also be viewed on an app. Download the Apple app here: or the Android app here:
A. Sometimes we run specials on back issues and sell them at a reduced price. Email for more information.
A. Most lessons are available indefinitely. Some lesson designers appear as guest lesson designers and have their material available for a limited time. That happens very rarely, but when it does, a note will be included on the main class page letting you know the length of time the material will be available, and it's also listed on the Class Availability Page.
The digital back issues are available in the Resources for Members section.
A. We'd love to talk to you about contributing to the site! Please visit our Write for Us page and contact the Executive Manager at with questions.
A. You may email with any membership-related questions, or you may email the Executive Manager at with questions regarding content on the site.
A. You can contact the teacher through his or her email address if it has been provided, or you can email the Executive Manager at Your question will be forwarded to the Teacher, and his or her response will be shared with you. We guarantee—Teachers love to hear from members!

A. With the growth of online homeschooling programs, a new range of possibilities is open to those looking for something other than traditional schooling. There are a number of such programs available, and we have selected eight of the most popular online homeschool programs. Each one is structured to operate differently, so we have highlighted some of their similarities and differences for you in the 8 Best Online Homeschool Programs.