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Forest Trail Academy
Trustscore 9.1 | 43 Reviews
Easy to use format, quick turnaround on assignments, great flexibility (can complete one class at a time or work on all of them at the same time). Always quick to respond to questions and helpful when we have called as well. My daughter has learned way more than her peers at the local high school because there are no group assignments-she must do everything which means she learns much more, yet can go at her own pace.
Kyra Burdick
This was our daughters first time doing school on line. We liked the personal feedback with detailed information she received from the teachers. Our daughter was able to receive extra help in math when needed. This has been a great experience for our daughter and we will continue to use Forest Trail Academy.
Susan & Khalil Coudsy
I loved the teacher interaction with my daughter. She was able to ask any question and get a prompt response.
Nichole Wood
Extremely happy with Forest Trail Academy. Our daughter learned so much here. She will be back in September.
Peter & Nancy Blair
An awesome online school option that is perfect for my family!
Heather Shida
Very helpful.
Peter Standish
Forest Trail Academy has been and continues to be the most wonderful school to meet my son’s educational needs. I find the curriculum at the perfect challenge level and enjoy the driven work of each instructor. Each teacher cares about their student’s success and that care is seen with each comment and quick response to messages. I feel that we have found the best school possible to prepare him for the future he chooses.
Sarah Lilly

My HS kid took one class of AP Calc with forest trail. Felt that the material formatting could use uniformity. Explanations could have used more examples and more steps within the forest trail material. I did have to pay for extending class from 6 month (which is called a full year class). Student self pace is the key.

Overall the experience was a good one. Signup was easy and grades online keep student updated. System Administrators were quick. Instructor was fantastic. Cared about student, explained each questions answered and made herself available for teacher consultation. The system will update the parent upon a new submittal and the assessment grade of an assignment which is fantastic. Again student pace is key since there are no due dates excerpt the end of course time date.

This was the first time a student from my kids school has used forest trial. Great alternative when school does not have class available. Felt also that student has the opportunity to leave their “neighborhood environment” to experience a national level experience. My student felt he was more prepared for the AP exam via Forest Trail than before.

Cheryl Smiler

We chose Forest Trail Academy for our daughters first year of online school due to the flexibility of the self-paced classes. Her preprofessional ballet did not allow her to attend live online classes that are required by many programs. Knowing that Forest Trail holds many accreditations (including NCAA) was also a tipping point for us.

Like any first year of something new, we had our ups and downs, but in the end, we are 100% happy with our choice to enroll at Forest Trail Academy.

Parent of 6th grade student
There are so many online schools to choose from and it can be overwhelming. As a parent, I am happy with Forest Trail Academy because the school website is easy to use assuming you are familiar with Google docs, Microsoft Words, and are comfortable with using a computer. Billing is straight forward with no hidden fees. Assignments are relevant with no meaningless busy work. We utilized our public library for the many many reading and writing assignments. Assignment expectations are given clearly with exception of few of them. Teachers allow one redo on assignments that didn’t meet expectations. There are limited office hours for students to ask questions to each teacher. Parents’ support are crucial in the successful completion of its program. If you are looking for a “hands-free” program, then this is not for you.
Best educational decision I have made so far!
My son went from getting all F’s to graduating 6th, 7th, 8th grade and is now a Freshman with a 97% GPA. Some children are just not the type of learners from a public school, too much drama with other students. Thank you very much for all the feedback on his assignments. He was at PLP but will come home Monday and finish his Freshman year with Forest Trail Academy. Thank you for bringing out the intelligence I always knew he had!
Cynthia & Brian Walker
Overall I loved the way the school had everything set up online. Easy to upload tests and assignments. Nice that parents and children could email teachers. Good communication between all parties. Only down falls were the price and some of the work load was a little heavy. They were having 6th and 7th graders doing 1000 word reports. That’s kinda extreme to me.
This is an excellent online school. I didn’t have any problem. My daughter is learning very well. Your child have to work about four hours per day and you have to be constant.
I recommend this school.
Santiago Freire
I was debating between 4 and 5 stars. The program really is comprehensive and engaging. My son had to work relatively hard for his A+ average, which is great. There were a few minor technical issues with some of the links out of date but nothing big. I don’t really like the way the time is counted in the attendance area since a lot of the homework is actually done outside of the time when the child is actually logged into Forest Trail. So, in effect, it may look like the child barely did any homework that day when he actually spent hours researching and writing an essay or paper. Overall I would definitely recommend it to other parents looking for a quality online homeschool program. I am confident that my son is learning more now than he ever did in public school.
Kendall F
We’ve been searching for an internet based school that blended both virtual teachers as well as us, the parents. This is exactly what we’ve been searching for. We are very pleased with Forest Trail Academy and plan to stay with the school for many more years to come.
Rachel Davis
I would recommend this company to anyone. The lessons are the same as my niece who is attending the actual school. Though Forest Trail Academy is online learning, you will get the benefits of those who are attending the actual school.
Danilo & Haidie Leyma
My child had a good experience and did well with the course material.
C Haliburton
At Forestrail we are able to work at our own pace, which is important for a kid with reading difficulties. If anything seems odd or weird to the teachers, they will call to ensure that everything is ok with the student. It has been great being part of this community.
Holly from Madison
Freedom for mom and child. No bullying, impatience or any other kind of pressure. Learn and enjoy with FTA
Melita Mueller
very good interaction with students, informative, and due to your classes and tutelage my daughter is doing great.
Thank you
William Wolfe
I am currently in grade 10 and Forest trail academy is great! They’ve taught me many things and have a wide array of electives to choose from, the timetable is flexible, and the teachers are friendly and helpful and the school is also great for international students who seek an American education.
Taitu Ustanny
Absolutely no teacher interaction. The material has several errors. Very low quality all around.
Robert & Melissa Sullivan
My daughter, who is in 10th grade really enjoys the online pace and I find the coursework challenging and interesting enough for her. Her instructors are in contact with her often, checking up on her and there to give any help.
Forest Trail Academy has given us the best experience we could have ever asked for. The level of education surpasses the public education system by leaps and bounds. The teachers are engaged and exited with every interaction. We have freedom to travel and work on our own schedule.
Julia Denome
As an educator I can confidently recommend FTA for your child. I like that the curriculum is detailed and I find that lessons are easily managed.
Teachers are great and so is office staff! Emails are answered promptly as are phone calls.
Becky & Phillip Cornwell
Excellent online school. Very impressed with the language arts and the classic books used in the program. All the classes have a thoughtful curriculum and are really quite impressive.
K. Parks, M.S.
Excellent for a child that can work on his own and a parent or caregiver is needed to teach and assist. The courses were laid out pretty easy to follow except for language. FTA has combined language, reading and writing in one course. Meaning you have assignment in each area but can only work on one, because the system will not let you move on to the next assignment. Overall it worked out very well for my family.
Best decision we’ve made. This is our 4th year with FTA.
Marlena Thornton
Turned my son into a straight A student 3 years in a row due to their curriculum and readily available help from teachers.
Last year we had a big decision to make about my daughter school .We had to make a change and found this school . It’s been a very good experience, the teachers were so helpful to my daughter. Whenever she had any questions they were fast to respond and continued with her work . The best thing was I didn’t have to do anything. Everything was in my daughter’s hand and the teacher’s. If anyone one is looking for Home School I would recommend Forest Trail Academy.
Sumera Jusufi
Forest Trail Academy is an excellent alternative to the traditional public school. My daughter has special needs and could not advance academically at the public school. Since enrolling at Forest Trail Academy, she is working at grade level and truly enjoys doing school work. Being able to work at her pace has been beneficial in helping her grasp new concepts. She also benefits from the one on one time we have while she is doing school work. I definitely recommend Forest Trail Academy.
Tanya Perez
My daughter has been enrolled with Forest Trail Academy since 9th grade. She enjoys her classes and her writing skills have improved significantly. We enrolled in an online program since she is a performer and it was convenient to complete her education while on Broadway and when she toured the country while part of a National touring show. The main reason we chose Forest Trail was because of its good reviews and college prep option (with AP coursework) She also is able to complete the coursework at her own pace. She completed 10th grade in less than a year and is now currently completing 11th grade coursework. Her teachers respond at a timely manner when she has questions and give feedback. We will be enrolling our youngest daughter for middle school this coming school year. Hoping Forest Trail Academy will continue with providing good education and high standards.
Braganza family
A great school with flexibility, caring, and rigor
Dr. Theresa Bogema
As a teacher with Forest Trail, I see how much everyone cares about our students. They are in good hands with every member of our staff.
Ms. Adele Splinter
I’ ve been working with Forest trail as a teacher since 2012. I’ ve enjoyed it a lot! the website is easy and functional and always improving! as well as our Teachers’ group and curriculum. Try it for your kids, you won’ t be disappointed!!
Ms. Alessandra Paganin
The school does prepare you for college and if there is a problem with a site or anything that comes up they do help you fix it quickly. Sometimes the material the teachers gives you doesn’t go with the assignments so you have to try and figure it out on your own!
A truly amazing educational experience for my son. Supportive staff and a challenging and interesting curriculum.
This has been a fantastic choice for our daughter. She is excelling in all of her classes. The pace is perfect for her and the communication between her and the teachers is incredible. The chose Forest Academy over other online schools and we are not disappointed.
Very professional school, lovely and helpful staff! I couldn’t choose better!
Soraia Daniela
We made the switch to Forest Trail mid year and my daughters attitude towards school and self confidence has never been better! She is doing better in every subject! I was afraid to instruct her myself at first, but they really make it fool proof. Her teacher has been amazing at communicating, answering my questions faster than I expected, grading her papers & leaving personal notes on almost all of them much faster than the allotted time. There is no question we will be enrolling in Forest Trail again and again, and very highly recommending it to any families considering home instruction.
Michael & Brooke
Wonderful experience!! Would recommend to anyone that is looking to get away from the traditional school environment.
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