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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Interesting course offerings involve both time, dollar cost.

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age 6+

Based on 83 parent reviews

age 2+

We're HOOKED after our FIRST class!!!

My daughter is 6 years old and she had a wonderful time with her very first class!!! We can't wait to sign up for more!!! There are so many topics and age levels ... there is something for EVERYONE!!!! You won't regret it!!! Jump in and join Outschool and get those kiddos in some FUN classes!!!! :)

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age 4+

Dissatisfaction to what could be a great education platform

Outschool have very interesting education choices on their platform, however administrative support is not accessible for complaints, do not provide realistic outcomes and are only interested in the money you pay. Very difficult to speak with a human, other than via email. Unwilling to offer perspective or understanding. They are right, nothing else matters.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (83):
Kids say (5):

This wide-ranging online education site offers a many traditional and somewhat creative topics to keep students interested. The wide range of topics -- everything from multiplication to taming your temper and exploring folktales and urban legends -- gives parents an opportunity to sign kids up for classes that can supplement what they're learning in school, help them find out more about a future career field (such as veterinary science), or just encourage them to learn something new for fun, like how to make an animated movie. Some courses are also designed specifically for summer or weekend schedules, which could help keep kids occupied in a positive way during periods when they have free time.

It would be great if educators used a standard format for course descriptions; currently, some have detailed information about what kids will learn each week, while others offer fewer specifics. And as in any educational program with several different teachers, inconsistent course quality could be a possibility. But the site makes a number of efforts to make sure the content is worthwhile -- including interviewing potential instructors to ensure they have the necessary technical skills, providing training, monitoring their review scores and responsiveness to messages, and offering improvement suggestions after watching recordings of their classes. Course costs may be too steep for some families (some are more than $200), but parents can get a refund if they're not satisfied with the content. Despite a few procedural issues, Outschool provides a wealth of learning options for students who are looking for new topics to be interested in -- or more info on subjects they already like.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, reading, speaking
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, investigation, thinking critically, Self-Direction: academic development, initiative, personal growth, time management, work to achieve goals
  • Genre: Educational
  • Topics: Numbers and Letters
  • Pricing structure: Paid (Course costs vary but can be as low as $9 or more than $200.)
  • Last updated: September 13, 2019

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