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Compare Our Programs:
Review vs. Academy vs. Distance Academy
Biggest Differences

For Families In or Near Maryland

For Families Outside of Maryland Region

Review

Academy

Distance Academy

State-Registered Homeschool Umbrella

State-Registered Private School

Detailed Differences
Legal Status

Legally recognized by

the State of Maryland?

Review

Yes: Review is a homeschool umbrella recognized by the State of Maryland.

Academy

Yes: Academy is a private school registered with the State of Maryland.

Distance Academy

Yes: Distance Academy is an extension of Academy, which is a private school registered with the State of Maryland.

Students exempt from supervision by local Board of Education?

Yes: Review satisfies Maryland's academic oversight requirements for homeschool umbrella programs, therefore WCFS Review students are exempt from county supervision.

Yes: As a private school enrollees, WCFS Academy students are in compliance with Maryland educational law, and exempt from county supervision.

No: Students living outside of MD must still comply with the educational requirements in their school district. 

Local Board of Education notified of homeschool status?

Yes: ​Upon enrollment and at the beginning of each school year, we notify each Review student's county that they are homeschooling through our program.

No: Academy students are not considered 'homeschoolers', because they are enrolled in a private school. 

No: Out-of-state families must notify their school district themselves, if required.

Eligibility

Regular Church Attendance Required

Review

Yes

Serves Grades K-12

Accepts Enrollments Year-round

Yes

Yes

Accepts Special-Needs Students

Yes

Accepts International Students

No

Academy

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Distance Academy

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Tuition

Annual Tuition for 1 Student

Annual Tuition for Each Additional Student

Multiple Student Tuition Cap

High School Credit Fee

(per tuition capped student)

Review

$300.00

$110.00

Not applicable.

Not applicable.

Academy

$708.00 - $1,740.00 depending on grade.

$708.00 - $1,740.00 depending on grade.

$3,161.00

$135.00

Distance Academy

$600.00 - $1,203.00 depending on grade.

$600.00 - $1,203.00 depending on grade.

$1,864.00

$135.00

Financial Aid

Tuition Scholarship Available

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Part Year Enrollment/Tuition Refund

Review

No

No

No

New Family Referral Credit:

$25.00

Academy

Yes

Yes

40% of annual tuition credited to account for each Semester not enrolled. 

$50.00

Distance Academy

Yes

Yes

40% of annual tuition credited to account for each Semester not enrolled. 

$50.00

Enrollment Fees

Non-Refundable Application Fee

Program Development Meeting

Entrance/Placement Test

Kindergarten Only Test & Development Fee

Review

$55.00

Available upon request, 

for a fee.

Available upon request, 

for a fee.

Available upon request, 

for a fee.

Academy

$90.00

$160.00

$55.00

$110.00

Distance Academy

$90.00

$160.00

$55.00

Available upon request, 

for a fee.

Re-Enrollment Fees

Re-enrollment (by June 30)

Late Re-enrollment (after June 30)

Review

$55.00

$15.00

Academy

$40.00

$80.00

Distance Academy

$40.00

$80.00

Oversight

New Family Home Visit

Portfolio Review Every Semester

(In-office/video call)

In-Home Portfolio Review

Review

Not applicable.

Yes

$80.00

Curriculum Consultation (hourly)

$70.00

Remedial Review - in person/online (required for students on probation and not in the NBM clinic)

$55.00

Academy

Yes

Yes

$80.00

Yes

$55.00

Distance Academy

Yes

Yes

Not applicable.

Yes

$55.00

Record Keeping

1st & 2nd Semester Course Registration Approval (Courses are examined to ensure that the student will receive 'Regular Thorough Instruction' in each required subject, as they would in a classroom.)

Review

Yes

Academy

Yes

Distance Academy

Yes

Credited Course Approval (Courses being taken for High School credit are examined to ensure that they meet the standards of 'Rigor' required by the NCAA.)

Not applicable.

Yes

Yes

1st & 2nd Semester Progress and

Year End Reports Required

Not applicable.

Yes

Yes

Required Events

Family Leadership Conference 

Midyear Teacher's Conference 

Livestream Available for Required Events?

6 Workshops

Review

Yes

Yes

Yes

Not required.

Academy

Yes

Yes

Yes

Required during first year.

Distance Academy

Yes

Yes

Yes

Required during first year.

Optional Events

6 Workshops

Review

$110.00 for package of 6.

$30.00 for single workshop (first one free).

Field Trips (expenses not included in tuition)

Yes

Family Heritage Expo

Yes

No

Graduation/Commencement Exercises

Academy

Optional after first year, but cost still included in tuition.

Yes

Yes

$135.00  per senior candidate participating.

$110.00  per senior candidate NOT participating.

Distance Academy

Optional after first year, but cost still included in tuition.

Yes, if you can make the trip!

Yes, if you can make the trip!

$135.00  per senior candidate participating.

$110.00  per senior candidate NOT participating.

High School Credit

Course Credit Evaluation for prior years, based on Carnegie-style High School credits.

(only necessary for students who do not posses a viable High School transcript)

Review

No

High School credit during Jr. High

No

Dual Enrollment Credit

Not applicable.

Transcripts for grades K-12, based on customary NCAA rigor standards

No

NCAA Course Credentialing Available

No

High School Diploma

No

Minimum Credits Required for Graduation

Not applicable.

Academy

$100.00 minimum for less than 4 courses.

$30/course for 4 or more course.

Yes

Yes

First 3 official transcripts provided free of charge.

See Fee Schedule for pricing for additional, expedited, Apostilled, or Authenticated transcripts.

Yes

Yes

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Distance Academy

$100.00 minimum for less than 4 courses.

$30/course for 4 or more course.

Yes

Yes

First 3 official transcripts provided free of charge.

See Fee Schedule for pricing for additional, expedited, Apostilled, or Authenticated transcripts.

Yes

Yes

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Testing

SAT

Other Tests

Review

$80.00

IA, PSAT, Individual Assessment: $80.00

Academy

$80.00

IA, PSAT, Individual Assessment: $55.00 each except grades 2, 5, 8 & 11, which are no charge. 

Distance Academy

Not available.

IA by mail only: $70.00  (grades 5 & 8 no charge), other tests must be in person 

Curriculum

Ignitia Curriculum Available

WCFS Developed Courses Price:

Review

Yes

Auditing: $90.00
0.5 credit course: $195.00
1 credit course: $370.00

Academy

Yes

Auditing: $90.00

0.5 credit course: $155.00

1 credit course: $260.00

Distance Academy

Yes

Auditing: $90.00

0.5 credit course: $155.00

1 credit course: $260.00

Required Courses

Required Core Courses

Review

Bible

Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

Physical Education

Academy

Bible

Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

Physical Education

Distance Academy

Bible

Language Arts

Math

Science

Social Studies

Physical Education

Courses Required for Graduation

(in addition to Core Courses)

Not applicable. 

Origins 101

Applied Civics 101

Biblical Foundations of Self Government

Work Study

Christian Service

15-Page Research Paper

Origins 101

Applied Civics 101

Biblical Foundations of Self Government

Work Study

Christian Service

15-Page Research Paper

Elective Courses

Not applicable. 

4 Electives Required for Graduation

4 Electives Required for Graduation

Academic Support
Review

Nathaniel Bowditch Mentoring Clinic

$55.00 per session (on campus students may do work-study in lieu of payment) 

$1,000.00 per year cap

Individual Tutoring 

Available upon request, for extra fee

Professional Consultation Referrals 

Available upon request

Academy

$55.00 per session (on campus students may do work-study in lieu of payment) 

$1,000.00 per year cap

Available upon request, for extra fee

Available upon request

Distance Academy

$55.00 per session

$1,000.00 per year cap

Available upon request, for extra fee

Available upon request

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