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    Default Open Tent Academy? Anyone?

    Hi there. OpenTentAcademy.com just posted their 2017-2018 schedule, and many of the classes look pretty good. I'd love to hear some pros and cons regarding Open Tent. Thanks!

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    Ok, those courses do look cool. Most of them appear to start at 3rd grade minimum, but I'm bookmarking it for when Tech is a little older. :-)

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    I'm concerned because no one on this board is responding. OTA is supposed to be secular.

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    I have never heard of it.

    It says nothing about religion, in fact they state that it is secular, and the teacher backgrounds are varied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAR View Post
    I'm concerned because no one on this board is responding. OTA is supposed to be secular.
    It's just a small forum. I wouldn't take it askance to the provider unless you hear otherwise. I saw you asked over there. If you're concerned, I'd ask the people who had used it if it was really secular.
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    Definitely never have heard of this one before. I'd be curious to know more. I would consider adding it to the curriculum directory if I had more info on it. I'll see if I can get any contact info for the owner.


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    I find it odd they have a Biblical Studies class under courses for Logic, Ethics, and Critical Thinking if they are secular.

    The foreign language courses look good but seem expensive to me, they cost more per hour than I pay for my daughter to have in person tutoring with a native speaker in a group of three children.

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    I'm new here, but stumbled across the forum while looking for curriculum. I happened to see this and had to reply--I am teaching two of the classes at OTA this fall. It is most definitely all-inclusive and secular, and the instructors come from all sorts of religious backgrounds. You likely won't find much online about OTA as it is new this year. The owner has taught online for many years, but this is the first year that it has expanded to numerous instructors and classes.

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    Hi Medicmom!

    Thanks for dropping by with your first hand knowledge!

    Inclusive, as far as many of our experiences with homeschooling groups, seems to mean "xtian, and if youre not, we wont kick you out, but you will need to put up with our religion and its viewpoints".
    This is a matter of importance for people who dont want to deal with that. Hence all the discussion and searching for whether OTA "is" or "isnt".
    Anything that contains "Bible" is going to come under a lot of scrutiny. The absence of positive statements about evolution is going to be seen as "anti-science".
    If a part of the target market is secular, those things make a difference to us. If its inclusive meaning willing to take money from anyone, if they dont want those heavily biased classes they can take other courses, then thats fine, but it wont convince those who have been burned by finding hidden jesus (or fractions with solomon!) in their math texts.
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    Hello... I figured I would pipe in here as I am the Director and a Teacher at OTA. I have been teaching homeschoolers for over 14 years, both live and virtually. Personally, I homeschooled my daughter. We found it very frustrating when she "aged up" to middle school that the groups we participated in as an elementary school student wouldn't let her participate as a middle school student without signing a statement of faith, which we couldn't/wouldn't. Hence, the dream of Open Tent Academy began. (my daughter ended up going to an amazing, STEM, by acceptance only,pubic high school because of this) Honestly, it took a while to get OTA off the ground. Yes, I have been teaching online classes now for 8 years and about a year ago I thought it was time for OTA; therefore, I rebranded myself and have search the planet for the best teachers in a variety of subjects. It took quite a while. This past year, we did our pilot (beta test) year with a very, very small schedule. We felt confident about what we were doing and expanded including adding in an LMS and new VIRTUAL CLASSROOMS. All classes are secular. Well - the only class that some might not consider secular - is based on MORAL from the Bible. Ok - so not 100% secular by some opinions; however, there will be MORALS and VALUES discussed. It is ok if "Better than Hollywood" it isn't for everyone. I personally know the teacher and he is an amazing story teller who focuses on making children appreciate various ethics. Otherwise, every other class is 100% secular. I have INSISTED on that - viewing every single textbook, syllabus and had discussions with all teachers - over and over. Yes, some teachers are religious or spiritual in their own way - but we have people from every single faith. We are ALL-INCLUSIVE. This was my dream for my daughter; and many years later it came to fruition for others. Classes prices are at fair market value based on an immense amount of research. (Landry Academy went under because of their low balling prices - they were selling generic classes ridiculously low and not paying their teachers well). We are different. We are paying our teachers, who are professionals, well. In addition, there are expenses. It is part of life. LMS, Virtual Classrooms, Lawyers, Accountants, taxes etc... everything is an open book - I have no problem sharing. Everything is being paid with cash - no credit - and once all the start up fees are done - in a few years - things might be able to go down a bit. In addition, there are several discount codes you can ask for by emailing me at [email protected] (Military, Multi Sibs/Multi Classes, Previous students) ... PLUS the first 14 days of registration - every class is $50 off! Again, please feel free to ask me questions -- honestly -- emailing me is better because I do not know how often I will get here. [email protected]. And please like our FACEBOOK page..... www.facebook.com/opententacademy/ With great respect, Eva

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