Frequently Asked Questions


Q 1. Who created eTAP's materials?
eTAP's instruction was developed by experienced curriculum developers who have also created materials for leading publishers including McGraw-Hill and Prentice Hall. Many of our authors also hold PhDs in their subject area and have held teaching positions at schools across the country.

eTAP's materials have also been reviewed by the CLRN (California Learning Resources Network) and are in compliance with the standards of the California State Board of Education. To learn more about the CLRN, visit www.clrn.org.


Q 2. How does eTAP offer a complete K-12 online homeschool program for so much less than other programs?
eTAP offers more because:

  1. eTAP is designed for self-instruction by the student or with guidance by the parent, so we don't have the high administration costs charged by other programs
  2. eTAP is online, so we don't have to charge for the cost of printing and binding text books
  3. eTAP relies on word-of-mouth referrals instead of expensive marketing campaigns (please tell your friends so we can keep our membership cost low!)
  4. eTAP offers more because we choose to. Making quality education materials affordable is part of our corporate mission.

Q 3. How do we take our child from homeschool to college? What credits do they earn?
Although eTAP does not grant High School diplomas, you can qualify for college admission by taking the GED, or General Educational Development Test. This is a test that certifies the taker has attained high school-level academic skills. For most purposes, a GED is considered to be equivalent to a high school diploma.

Approximately 95% of colleges will accept GED graduates, though they will typically require them to take the SAT and/or ACT. If a 4-year college will not accept a GED graduate, they can attend any community college in the United States, after which they can transfer to almost any four-year university.

To find detailed information about GED test requirements, please visit the American Council on Education.

To find information about the SAT requirements and test dates, please visit the official SAT site www.collegeboard.org.


Q 4. How do we find out the homeschool laws for our state?
Search on Google for "Homeschooling (your state)." This should find local home school information and support groups that list your state's requirements.


Q 5. How do we document our child's progress to meet our State's or Charter School's requirements?
If you are a parent supervising your child's education at home with eTAP, we recommend that you keep a record of the worksheets and other work (problems, tests, etc.) that your child completes. You can use this record to satisfy your local state officials if you are asked how you are educating your children or later decide to enroll your child in school. Your record of their work will let the school know what grade level to place your child.


Q 6. Is eTAP's program accredited?
The State of California has reviewed our program and found it to be in compliance with their state standards. Each state, however, has their own system of approval. Most states have found eTAP's content satisfactory for homeschool use and some states are using it for their public school programs. You can request that your local school officials review our website.


Q 7. Why are eTAP's lessons and instructions so short?
The lessons are short to allow mastery in the learning process. This is especially important for students with different learning styles. Many researchers say that students are motivated by success. In our school testing the short instructions increased student success and positively affected student motivation.


Q 8. Why does eTAP only cover the basics?
You may have noticed that we provide links to free you tube videos, such as Khan academy, which are popular with students. We have provided a connection to many free offsite learning resources on the internet. We include games like Triple A Math, online quizzes, as well as static materials. Our content focuses on a basic understanding of each subject, and extensive assessment tools. When you add all the free videos and other resources, our program may be the most comprehensive learning site available.


Q 9. How does eTAP address the porblems of "Spiral Education?"
Our program is student-centered and designed to satisfy each student's individual needs. Using the internet as our delivery platform allows us to connect with a large amount of instructional resources such as videos, education games, graphic rich resources, etc. Students can often self analyze their own learning style and select the learning resource that best fits. I have not found another program that focuses on the individual needs of students as intensively as eTAP.


Q 10. Is eTAP a good value for my limited homeschooling budget?
I have spoken to homeschoolers that say other programs asked them to pay $1,000 for registration only. Other sites charge yearly for one subject and one grade. Our fee looks similar to other homeschool resources, but will buy you all grades and subjects for the entire family. Our fee of $39 per month includes access to all grades and subjects plus includes test prep courses for the SAT, GED, ACT, etc. Also our "all in one" program saves the cost of buying a different program for each subject and or grade. We have done the research to find all the free internet educational resources and connected them with the appropriate instructional item. This saves time and gives the homeschooler a more seamless educational experience.


Q 10. Why was I asked to pay an additional $269 to access the Discovery Education videos?
Discovery Education is a site that many school districts use, so we include those videos linked to appropriate subject matter for our clients that have a subscription. We have provided links to many free educational videos for those clients that do not have Discovery Education. Using Discovery Education is not required unless you wish to buy a subscription.