Westcott Courses

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Why Our Courses
Are The Best

The Westcott Advantage

Effective and Convenient Learning Experience

We have been providing online courses for students k-12 through university level since 1996. Our website is simple and easy to use - we focus on creating the most convenient learning experience possible, and provide individualized student support.

The curriculum for each course is designed by a teacher from a California Community College or a California State University. Each teacher is hand-picked for their excellent ratings from students and proven track record at their respective institution. Our courses are extensively tested in the classroom, and are accredited through the University of Massachusetts Global.

Our online courses have been proven to be more effective than on-campus classes. This is due to the student's ability to go back and read a lesson several times until they completely understand the topic. This is ideal for students who are behind or need a flexible schedule. This is also great for students who are gifted, having the ability to complete a class quickly, and then move onto the next course without having to waiting for the following semester.

Westcott Courses takes extra care to ensure that all students are able to access the content without needing special devices or plugins. Our system is simpler and easier to use than most common LMS; allowing the student to focus on the educational experience without worries of tech problems.

The courses provide instantaneous feedback. Quizzes and tests are instantly graded, and a review of which questions are wrong is provided.
Textbook-free Courses

Textbook prices are rising! Most publishers release new editions of textbooks that add little value, and each time a new edition comes out, colleges decide to use it, rendering the old edition useless. This makes it next to impossible for students to save money by buying used books or selling them.

All of our science courses use open source textbooks from Rice University, as well as open source materials for the laboratories. Thus, there are no textbook fees for our health-related courses.

Westcott Courses is the content publisher of the Omega Math(TM) courses. For these courses, we have written and software engineered all the lessons, homework, solution manuals, quizzes and tests. Our content has many more examples than a regular textbook, and thus the student is unattached from a traditional textbook.

We have a few remaining courses that require a textbook, but we are working on getting those textbook free as well!

Semester Credit or Noncredit options available

Many online schools offer ACE credit or professional development units, but Westcott Courses sets itself apart by offering credit through our exclusive partner  university, UMass Global. UMass Global is regionally accredited by W.A.S.C., and awards the semester credits and a transcript for the individual courses. See Transferring the Credit for more details on our credit option.

A certificate of completion is provided with our noncredit courses and shows the the date the course was completed as well as the grade. This course does not go through UMass Global, so no transcript is available under the noncredit option.

Proven Track Record

Since 1996, we have worked with thousands of online schools, K-12 schools, community colleges and universities to develop and deliver mathematics and general education content and programs to hundreds of thousands of students.

For more information on who uses and has used Westcott Courses to meet their educational needs, please see our Who Uses Westcott Courses page.

For more information about Westcott Courses, please see about us.

The Omega Math Advantage

Our Omega Math(TM) courses, were written by a college Math and Computer Science teacher with an advanced degree in mathematics, as well as a master's degree in teaching mathematics. The math content has been tested in classrooms for over 25 years, and are some of the best online math courses available today!

Over the years, we have gradually identified areas in the lessons where students found certain concepts difficult to understand. Content was added and clarified in areas where students had questions or difficulties. Because of the many years of refining the courses, Westcott Courses receives very few math questions today.

The lessons start out with the easiest examples, and then move slowly to the more advanced problems. At each level, there are interactive problems which make sure the student understands the examples.

Students can take each test and quiz twice, and only the higher of the two scores counts towards their grade. This feature enables students to figure out what they did wrong before pushing forward, providing them with plenty of practice and a deeper understanding of the course material to help store the process into long term memory. We pair up the homework problems, so that the student can find the answer worked out in detail for all types of questions.

We receive daily emails from our students who say they finally understand math for the first time in their life, and no longer have math phobia. These students say they are grateful for our curriculum because now that they have a strong foundation in math, it is possible for them to pursue their educational goals. These comments span the last 25 years that our site has been online!

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