Considering using Stanford’s Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) when homeschooling? Homeschooling allows parents to select from a wide range of learning options to create an approach that’s best suited to their child’s learning style. Both Stanford University and Time4Learning offer computer-based multimedia curriculum, and since many parents combine materials from different sources, they can incorporate the materials from either or both to create a well-rounded approach for their child.
Included on this page:
- About Stanford’s Educational Program for Gifted Youth
- Cost of Stanford University vs Time4Learning
- Using Stanford University with Time4Learning
- Helpful Tools & Resources
- The Time4Learning Program Structure
Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY)
The Education Program for Gifted Youth at Stanford provides online courses for students who are considered gifted or advanced. These courses are available for children in Kindergarten all the way through college. Elementary school aged students can select from a variety of math and English classes, while those in middle and high school have the option of taking classes in math, English, physics, and computer science. Students who wish to enroll will be required to take the Education Program for Gifted Youth Mathematical Aptitude Test first, if taking any math, physics, or computer science courses.
How is your student’s progress tracked? Multimedia lectures and lessons are available to take online. The computer will automatically grade your child’s work. Each course also has an online classroom where students can meet weekly with their instructor and other students who signed up for the same class. The instructor will grade any assignments that can’t be automatically graded, such as research papers, as well as answer any questions you may have about the lessons. Once the course is completed, the instructor will assign your child a grade.
Cost Comparison of Stanford’s Education Program vs Time4Learning
Stanford’s Education Program for Gifted Youth program has a quarterly cost of $495 per course, not including books or materials. So the cost of 4 courses it would average about $7,900 per year for each student who is accepted. In addition, most courses also have a registration fee of $35 with shipping and handling charges of $15 for materials. Students can take classes year round.
Time4Learning is more affordable. For preschool through 8th grade, students get unlimited access to a years worth of math, language arts, science & social studies curriculum for only $19.95/month per student. High school students also get unlimited access to courses in four subjects at a cost of $30/month per student. And since the materials are presented online, there are no books to purchase, although offline assignments sometimes require basic supplies such as a pen and paper. In addition, Time4Learning has a 14-day money back guarantee and no contracts, so families can start and stop anytime and use the program however they see fit.
Time4Learning Works With Stanford’s Education Program for Gifted Youth Program
Students can use Time4Learning’s courses alongside the courses offered in the Center for Talented Youth program. For example, your child may be taking Algebra I with Stanford’s Education Program for Gifted Youth program. The student can also take Algebra I with Time4Learning to get more practice, or to see lectures presented in a different way. Students can easily locate on Time4Learning the concept within Algebra I that they are having trouble with, or want to learn more about, and click on it.
Time4Learning caters to advanced prek-8 students by granting them access to the subject materials in their current grade level, as well as the grade level above that. High school students are allowed to select any four subjects from the list of available courses, giving advanced students the ability to choose more demanding classes.
*Note – Time4Learning is not affiliated with Stanford University Program for Gifted Youth. Time4Learning’s purpose with this page is to provide information to families who are considering the benefits of different approaches.
Some Helpful Tools and Resources
Welcome to Homeschooling Guide – Are you new to homeschooling? This guide was written by seasoned homeschoolers to answer some of the difficult questions new families often struggle with.
Curriculum Lesson Plans – An overview of what’s available for each grade and subject.
Homeschool Portfolio Information – Answers common questions about homeschool portfolios and evaluations. It includes tips on organization methods, what to include and how Time4Learning can be used as part of your homeschool portfolio.
Online Parent’s Forum – Reach out to homeschoolers in your area, join discussions, ask questions and trade ideas on our online community of homeschooling parents. Having the support of seasoned homeschoolers can really help make your homeschooling journey a success.
Hints & Help Section – Whether you’re new to Time4Learning, a long term member, or a future member with questions about how the program works, this section answers questions about navigation, lesson planning & previewing, how the teacher guides and worksheets work, and more!
Puffin Academy App – Learn how to use Time4Learning on most mobile devices with the Puffin Academy app for iOS and Android! Get details on this kid-friendly app, including how to download and use it on the go with Time4Learning.
The Time4Learning Program Structure
Time4Learning has been refined through years of feedback from educators, parents, and students. Subjects are organized into chapters composed of interactive lessons, printable worksheets, quizzes and tests. Students are guided through the activities at their own pace by an automated system.
When students log in, they choose a subject, select a chapter, pick a lesson and complete the activities. A bright green arrow tells them where they left off, and completed work is clearly labeled with a check-mark or a gold star. Visual and auditory prompts guide students through the lessons, making it easy for even young learners to follow, and an online playground (controlled by parents) rewards and motivates them to finish their lessons.
Parents get access to printable lesson plans, teaching tools, detailed reporting and parental support through our online Parent Forum.
Does your child have different achievement levels for math and language arts? No problem! Time4Learning lets you set each individual subject at the appropriate graded level, making this program great for special needs and gifted students.