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is a program intended to aid parents in homeschooling their student. Parents may choose up to 6 courses at a time from numerous courses (grades PreK-12). Students are able to learn at their own pace under the supervision and assistance of their parent.Acellus resources are available through Acellus Academy, an accredited online private school, headquartered in Kansas City Missouri, and Power Homeschool, a flexible online resource with affordable classes designed for students to learn at their own pace. Both are programs of the International Academy of Science, a non-profit organization with a long history and mission of advancing education and scientific research. Acellus Academy provides online instruction to students in grades K-12 through the Acellus Learning System, which was developed by the International Academy of Science and is used to provide primary instruction to students in schools across the United States. Power Homeschool is a program intended to aid parents in homeschooling their student. Parents may choose up to 6 courses at a time from numerous courses (grades PreK-12). Students are able to learn at their own pace under the supervision and assistance of their parent.

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  1. Acellus/Power Homeschool Review by Kati
    Pros: Streamlined teaching
    Cons: No access to gradebook

    Grades Used: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10

    Powerhomeschool/Acellus has worked well for our family. My children appreciate that the lessons are quick and to the point emphasizing only the information that they need to know. We switched from another popular online program that was very dry as it was primarily reading with very few videos/multi-media options. We LOVE the extra help videos/and the ability to repeat exams through exam recovery mode.

    We enjoyed and utilized the “Special Lessons” which I can access from the teacher’s app. This took a small amount of planning/printing on my part on Sundays before our week began, but was well worth it. In the parent’s support group on FB, I was able to download and print textbooks for many subjects and organize them into binders. It would be wonderful Powerhomeschool/Acellus made this information more readily available and easier to access. A one-stop place to download everything all at once, for example.

    Although the program offers great instruction on HOW the writing process should be conducted, there are very few opportunities to actually write…even in the “Special Lessons.” We supplemented with co-op classes for writing. Time4writing is also a great option! I believe that combined with co-op classes or worktext curriculums for writing/grammar, this is a great curriculum.

    Another con is that teacher’s do not have access to the grade book. I have not personally found any other online program where this information isn’t made available to the teachers/parents.

    Although children can be independent with Acellus/Powerhomeschool, they still need parental involvement. From what I’ve witnessed, those that seem to struggle and have the most complaints seem to be families who don’t want to take the time to plan and provide guidance and oversight. As with ANY online curriculum, it’s a valuable tool to help parents to step back and facilitate the education of their children.

  2. Acellus/Power Homeschool Review by A. Goolsby
    Pros: Highly customizable learning levels on core classes to the needs of the child; nice selection of elective classes that is still growing!
    Cons: Video-based learning and poor downloadable content options for homeschooling parents/guardians on subjects best supported by worksheets to cement learning

    Grades Used: 5th through 8th

    So grateful for this homeschooling option! Our son has ADHD and struggles with writing by hand. Not only are his quirks a bullying magnet in a public classroom environment, he is also very exasperating for the teachers overwhelmed with oversized classrooms. He needs constant individualized attention, and busywork is just another word for torture that doesn’t engage his crazy fast-paced mind and bottomless well for engaging information. Power homeschool’s short videos followed by targeted quizzes and puzzles we can access from any smart phone, tablet, laptop with an internet connection makes learning fun again. Being able to retake tests when he rushed instead of focusing in, and even switch tutoring mode on and off to cover old lessons one more time before the reviews or final exams is phenomenally helpful.

    We started at 5th grade, and now we’re doing elective full-in classes after completion of core classes for 8th grade in just 2 1/2 years. He’s excelling in classes he struggled just to pass in public school. Parents can choose common core, simplified, and remedial versions of classes for the grades we’ve covered, and now I’m starting to see (as of Jan ‘19) AP classes prior to high school, with new electives popping up all the time we will let our son take just to fill in school time so it’s not all math or all history all day. This freedom to choose and wide selection has been the best part of our experience so far! A truly tailored curriculum to suit any learner’s needs. And don’t worry, ordering work books online from an independent retailer, or picking some up at a local book store that are subject and grade appropriate to supplement video-based learning is not very hard when a learner needs extra help, because the same information is covered in common core classes as is in those work books; you may need to hunt some things down. I’ve spent plenty of volunteer hours at public school helping teachers march workbook sheets with their curriculum too, so I was prepared for that!

    Our personal experience was that hunting down work books to help cement math skills and some language arts subjects was very helpful; the section for homeschool parents to Dow load I formationprovided theough the app was not very helpful. That added expense paying for whole workbooks when our learner o my needed a section here and there for additional practice added up over 4 grades. Also we found the history, civic and social study classes to be very generalized/abbreviated and dry, which stood out from other core and elective subjects. Much supplemental work was required to get our learner to retain the information, which may speak more to our learner’s interests than anything.

  3. Acellus/Power Homeschool Review by John Schandelmeier
    Pros: not many
    Cons: poor teaching methods

    Grades Used: 4th

    I am a homeschool dad working with 4 th grade Acellus. Have to say that the teaching methods used with the math program are pretty ridiculous and not really conductive to a good understanding of the subject matter.
    Social studies curriculum is extremely boring and very narrowly focused. I have had to replace both programs with more comprehensive ones.

  4. Acellus/Power Homeschool Review by Andee Sivertson
    Pros: short lessons with no busy work, low cost, engaging
    Cons: company is not as familiar with the home school community as they should be, however they are working to correct that.

    Grades Used: 7th, 8th

    We are on our second year using Acellus (now called Power Homeschool) and despite some bumps in the road we adore this program. We use it as a complete curriculum and it’s short lessons are well suited for my son who has Tourette’s and ADHD. His retention skyrocketed after we started Acellus mid way through his 7th grade year and the educational maturity I’ve seen blossom in him had me sold. This year he is taking FUNdamentals of math (a math program designed to fill in gaps students weak in math need to bridge for algebra), middle school geography, 8th grade Language arts, physical science, and music appreciation. We are one week into our 8th grade school year and its going very well. There are placement tests your student can take to gauge where they are but its only a guideline and you can place your child in whichever class you feel appropriate. Each class has a pretest that is a better indicator if they class is appropriate. If they pass the pretest, they don’t need to take the class, they know all the material. There is also an online Facebook group that is a wealth of information and creative ways to use power home school. Unfortunately, earlier this summer the company alluded that they were going to discontinue the power home school side of Acellus but there was a massive backlash so they formed a task force of home school Mom’s, listened to our demands, and worked out a situation that worked for everyone. Power Homeschool is $25 a month or $250 a year, which I find to be a great deal.

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