What is the tuition for the Greats Honors Program?
Great Books Program + The Great Courses Plus ™ = The Greats Honors Program
The Greats Honors Program has two parts: The Great Books Program and The Great Courses Plus™, which together include all courses needed for high school. These two parts of the Greats Honors online high school program are priced separately and are available separately.
ONLY $95 PER MONTH FOR The Great Courses Plus ™ and related Academy services including access to all The Great Courses Plus™, and live, individual mentoring and subject-area tutoring, weekly assessment and grading and monthly progress reports.
PLUS THE GREAT BOOKS PROGRAM TUITION. The $95 above, is in addition to the tuition of the Great Books Program, which varies depending upon which of the three (3) Great Books tracks you select, listed and priced below. To repeat: to the Great Books track tuition selected, is added the $95 per month for The Great Courses Plus ™ with its per-lecture assignments and Academy assessment, individual online mentoring and subject-area tutoring, unlimited phone and email consultation, monthly progress reports and transcript maintenance. Thus combined, this includes all courses needed for the four years of high school studies.
INCLUDES ACCESS TO OVER 300 GREAT COURSES. Greats students are also provided, at no additional charge, password access to all of the superb The Great Courses Plus ™ lectures (over 8,500!) in numerous subjects (over 300 courses). The Great Courses Plus ™ that have been selected as a formal part of our Greats Honors curriculum are listed HERE. The Academy is solely responsible for payments to The Great Courses Plus™ for subscriptions for Greats Honors students, and issues any refunds regarding same, pursuant to its posted refund policies; students in arrears on monthly tuition payments may have their subscription terminated.
What are the total monthly tuition payments, when added to the Great Books Program tuition?
3 GREAT BOOKS OPTIONS. The three Great Books Program tracks vary from $129 per month (for the High School track), to $299 per month (for the College Credit track), to $350 per month (for the Associate’s degree track, which includes 5 Online Holy Apostles College courses). So to whichever Great Books track you select, you would add $95 per month to include The Great Courses Plus ™ lectures, live tutorials, individual mentoring, monthly progress reports, grading, transcripts, etc., all of which together constitutes the Greats Honors Program, leading to the Greats Honors Program high school diploma. This tuition chart may be instructive:
GREAT BOOKS PROGRAM TRACK SELECTED
|GREAT BOOKS PROGRAM
|TOTAL MONTHLY PAYMENT||TOTAL NUMBER OF
|High School Credit Track||$139||$95||= $234||10|
|College Credit Track||$299||$95||= $394||10|
Is there a family discount for siblings in the Greats Honors Program?
Yes. 30%. So rather than $95 per month for The Great Courses Plus™ and related Academy services, it is only $71.25 per month for siblings, after the first one in the Greats Honors Program. This discount may not be combined with any other discounts. There is a similar discount for the Great Books portion of the Greats Honors Program.
How does the Greats Honors Program tuition compare to other online high school programs?
HIGHEST QUALITY–LEAST EXPENSIVE. This chart compares the tuition and fees for reasonably comparable, online, high-school-level homeschool programs, based on each offering 6 courses per semester with live, online interaction with faculty (for at least 4 hours per week).
COMPARATIVE TUITION CHART WITH OTHER ONLINE, LIVE, HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS (w/all services offered)
|Homeschool HS Program||Cost Per Course||X 6 High School
|Plus Fees||Total Cost Per Year|
|Greats Honors Program||(c. $365)||$1,395 Great Books + $99 month Greats||0||$2,287|
*In the GHP this includes the Great Books high school track and five other subjects each semester (see GHP curriculum chart).
Only the Greats Honors Program includes these features:
• Access to over 300 The Great Courses Plus™(8,500 lectures) at no extra cost
• World Class Lecturers/World Class Lectures
• 2-Hour Weekly, Live, Great Books Socratic Discussions w/Two Expert Moderators
• Individualized Online Mentoring and Subject-Area Tutorials
• Monthly Progress Reports
• Optional College Credit for Up to 60 Credits
Why should I not simply borrow the Great Books from the library or online, and subscribe to The Great Courses Plus™ or buy or borrow The Great Courses™ myself – and save some money that way?
There is no reason not to do so if all you wish to have your student do is read books, without study guides, or listen to the lectures-which amounts to the same thing. You could no doubt reduce education costs that way. However, the higher costs are primarily for faculty moderators, mentors, tutors, graders and monthly progress report and transcript administration. If you also desire your student to be part of an academic community of faculty and students expert in the various fields involved, a radically independent approach will not provide what our faculty moderators, tutors and mentors, graders and administrators provide. The Great Honors Program includes teaching, leading and modeling Socratic discussions, answering questions (and posing interesting ones), correcting and defanging errors, helping to overcome various intellectual stumbling blocks, assessing monthly progress, suggesting insights and openly recognizing new ones, instruction in the dialectical approach to learning and discourse, offering encouragement, guidance, study advice and support, and so on. If all or some of that is very important to you or for your student-as we believe it to be-then merely reading books or passively viewing some lectures simply will not suffice.
Similarly, the interaction with fellow Honors students, particularly in the 2-hour, Great Books weekly classes who are engaged in the same intellectual adventures, at the same time, is a priceless experience, that not only enriches the experiences and discussions, but often results in life-long friendships with fellow students who have read and discussed the same great books and lectures, and shared the impact of those books and courses with each other, often over a period of four years. Imagine what a treasure that would be in anyone’s life-the opportunity to share such a rich intellectual journey with fellow students, for up to four years.
Mortimer Adler never tired of reminding his students “Aristotle believes ‘reading alone is as bad as drinking alone.’ That is because Aristotle believes ‘life in common is…knowledge in common.’ Aristotle also suggests that conversations among equals