Frequently Asked Questions

Our one-semester classes are $250 each, and our full-year classes are $500 each. Math classes are $600 each. A few 12 week classes (Public Speaking, Banned & Burned, Drama) are $200 each. This does not include books, but there is no additional registration cost.

Eastern Standard Time (New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami, etc). While we do have students at Big River from all over the world, we keep all of our times posted for our classes in Eastern Standard Time for consistency’s sake. It takes a little adjusting for other time zones, but it’s not too hard to get used to.

The books for individual classes are posted on our course catalog page. Once your student is enrolled, you can also find the book lists on the PowerSchool page (our website we use for homework). 

None of our students’ personal information is revealed in the online classroom. Students log in using only their first name and the state or country in which they live. They do not provide last names or any contact information in the online classroom. Only teachers can see any personal information about each student.


If students want to contact each other–and many do because they become friends in classes–we only allow them to share emails and only outside of class recordings. Exchanging of other information beyond that is at the discretion of the parents. We make your child’s privacy a priority!

Math classes meet twice a week for one hour each meeting, and all of our other classes meet once per week for 90 minutes. As we were building our math department, our math instructors saw the need to touch base with students two times during the week to keep tabs on learning. While all other classes meet once per week, students still have access to teachers outside of that live class time. Emails, office hours, and even sometimes texts and phone calls are used to give students support in their learning.

Yes! We offer two one-week breaks during each semester (one during summer classes). See the Semester Calendar page for more details.


Breaks are a great way for students to catch up if they have fallen behind, read ahead if needed, or just to take a breather if needed.

Adobe Connect is our live online classroom provider, and PowerSchool Learning’s Haiku is our online classroom in which students complete assignments. We’ve tested other systems, and these are the best we’ve found!


Adobe Connect does require a small download to get it going, but that download shouldn’t take longer than a couple of minutes to get.

Chrome works very well. Safari does, too. Firefox, however, doesn’t play well. Internet connection is the important part. If you live in an area where internet is not great, closing all tabs on the computer helps with the live classroom connection. Other tips are to move closer to the wifi router, having other devices pulling on the wifi shut off, and pausing the teacher’s camera. Most connections, even rural ones, can connect at least fairly well with these adjustments.

Since Big River live classes meet once per week, teachers generally assign enough homework to have students do an hour or so five days out of the week. However, the amount of homework does vary from teacher to teacher and from class to class. It is best to contact the instructor to find out exactly what to expect.

We refund your purchase except for a $25 processing fee up until the week before classes begin. We can’t offer refunds after classes begin.

No. Our classes begin at 5th grade, but we only offer English I and WriteShop Junior for that level. Our classes are mostly focused on middle and high school.

Foreign language caps at 20, other classes are no more than 30.

You can sign up for as many as you’d like. There is no minimum or maximum limit.

One semester classes meet for 15 weeks, and full year classes meet for 30 weeks.

Yes, except for SAT/ACT Prep. That class is self-paced.

Internet connection (download speeds of minimum 512 Kbps {check with your internet provider for these specifications}), internet browser (Chrome works best, but Safari works well, too), headset with microphone (required for foreign language and music classes, recommended for others), and word processing software for some assignments (Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Pages, or the like).

Yes! Customers are required to pay 10% of the total tuition at time of registration, and payments are divided equally over the next ten months. Payments are autobilled from the card used to pay the first 10% charge. No need to pay manually each month!

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