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About Whitmore School
Whitmore School, which advertises as the first online high school, offers four diploma options accepted by colleges, universities and other higher learning institutions. As an accredited school, Whitmore prioritizes students’ individual academic experience by promoting self-paced learning.
Pros & Cons
- Flexible schedule
- Four diploma options
- Learn in a safe, home environment
- Requires high-speed internet
- Not ideal if you need firm deadlines
Whitmore is an accredited online school with four diploma options. Although some might find its program too flexible, many appreciate Whitmore’s focus on self-paced online learning.
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We contacted Whitmore and did everything online. The reps talked to us about the payment plans, because it's not a free online school, and talked us through why it's different. It was very straightforward and easy. I'm not one of those people who like to get all bogged down. If it's getting confusing, I'll bounce. The counselors have a lot of suggestions when you run into a problem like staying up to date on things the way we think my daughter should. At one point, we were gonna disenroll her, based nothing on Whitmore, but because she wasn't keeping up and we were gonna put her in public school. But the principal called and we talked about how my daughter could help her change her mindset and how to keep up with things. So we ended up keeping her in Whitmore and she's been doing a lot better.
Thank you for your wonderful review Jaime. I can't tell you how pleased we are with your daughters new mindset. She has made huge strides in all her courses and her activity calendar (this measures how often she is doing her school work and submitting lessons) is showing total dedication. Ellen, our Principal, gets more excited when a student turns themselves around and starts being successful. It is a sign of taking responsibility for her own education.
We hope you can make it to Graduation on May 27, 2023!!
Whitmore has been a great place for our kids to complete their high school. The curriculum has been challenging and the teachers have been helpful and responsive. I highly recommend Whitmore to anyone. Also, they teach classic studies and no woke agenda.
Thank you for your 5 Star Review Shawn! Both your students are doing a great job at Whitmore School. It looks like Geneva is getting close the graduating with straight A's. We hope you can attend our Graduation in May!!
Whitmore School utilizes a traditional curriculum and we believe that it is the parents role to teach their children morals and ethics.
As a student at Whitmore, I have nothing but gratitude in my heart. I love the quick responses that the staff bring to the table. Thanks to the amazing classes and overall program that is provided by Whitmore, I am able to graduate early!
Thank you Brent! Hope to see you at Graduation.
- The school is trying to assure a quality educational level.
- Why not schedule live communication with teachers and counselors at least once monthly to build relationships with students?
- Why not encourage students to stick to some steady performance to achieve targets?
Thank you for your review Mohamed.
The problem with having live communication is we have students all over the world in almost every time zone. It makes it impossible to have a live lesson. Our guidance counselors are available for live communication via telephone or Zoom call. That can be arranged through the Guidance Support Tab.
We do continue to improve our systems and courses. Currently we are working on a pacing guide which would enable a student to put a completion date for finishing a course. The pacing guide would help the student manage their time to finish the course within their goal.
The important thing our students learn is how to take responsibility for their education. By doing this they will go on to have success in college or in the workplace.
The quality of the education with Whitmore seemed higher than a lot of the others. They were paying attention, organized, and accredited. They offered what we needed, which was asynchronous work-at-your-own-pace type of schooling. Not some place where my daughter would have to log in at a certain time every day and interact with other kids and the teacher. She just needed to be able to do it at her own pace. The enrollment process was good. We filled out some information which generated emails, and those emails contained links that allowed us to get on the website and set up a student account and a parent account. Whitmore has fair price and they are certainly more affordable than a lot of the schools that are out there. But there's no loss of the expectation just because we're paying less. We're still receiving a high-end experience.
Thank you for your review Natalie. Our goal has always been to be the best online high school. We are able to do that with our Mastery Based Learning Management System and our truely dedicated teachers.
Your daughter has the time (self paced learning) and the quality instruction to achieve her own academic success.
Please tell her to keep up the good work!!
I was looking for an entirely self-paced virtual high school. We signed up with Whitmore School and had quick responses from the administration and staff. Interactions were positive. My child is a freshman and she's taking performance studies, Algebra 1, US Government, and their freshman seminar class. She can do most of it on her own but she does require a tutor. Whitmore is inexpensive compared to private schools. They have teachers and things are all done by video. It's mastery-based learning instead of being taught to pass. This is another reason I chose it for my child. But Whitmore is not quite right or a good fit for our child and we won't be going back next year.
Thank you for your review Brandy.
I have two children that were in need of an alternative educational experience once the pandemic shut down their schools. End of the story is they both finished high school in three years and my oldest is currently in college and my youngest has already been accepted into her college of choice and is scheduled to start in September. My older child is in her second semester and scored a 4.0 GPA for her first semester of college.
Our experience at Whitmore was extraordinary. The communication between students and instructors was phenomenal. I can say the same for the parental communication with the school staff. Kathleen is a delight to speak to and has helped me with every single situation that has arisen over the last three years, from quarterly reports that their public school required, to choosing classes, to anything related to their education and even switching classes when needed. I will say without hesitation that Whitmore's ability to handle a variety of situations was much easier to navigate and find solutions for than the public schools by virtue of much less red tape. My children have gotten along with and created a nice rapport with each and every teacher they had at Whitmore. They seemed to really click with Clint as well as the many other teachers they had.
Thank you for your wonderful review Karen. I am so pleased to hear your daughters are doing so well!
I have shared your review with our entire staff. You don't know how much we appreciate your comments.
My daughter joined Whitmore 3yrs ago when she was facing medical challenges that made it impossible for her to attend physical school and complete assignments promptly. My daughter got a medical cure over the course of time and has returned back to normal way of living. Through the whole ordeal, Whitmore worked with her/us step by step and at my daughter's pace too. My daughter is smarter, more intelligent, and college ready because of the exceptional educational services/classes at Whitmore. Started with a GPA of 2.20 and ending at a GPA 3.40. Yes she is college ready!!!
Thank you for your Great Review Enita! So Glad Whitmore School made a difference in your daughter's life.
My son is taking courses one by one with the study-at-home program, and he's doing excellent. He likes it a lot, and the cost is great compared to others as well. He was in Laurel Springs before, which is another online school, and you get as much involvement from teachers at Whitmore for less than 25% of the cost. They respond within one or two hours.
Thank you for your 5 Star Review Sherif!
Your Son's dedication is very evident. His activity calendar shows solid work everyday and the grades show it!!
The enrollment process was very easy and simple. They walked me through all the steps and it was pretty seamless. The personnel was very informative. They kept me up to date and were always there to answer any questions. Also, my son really enjoys it. He ahs taken Algebra 1, World History Honors, Geography, and a Government.
Thank you for your review Brittany! Your son is a solid student, his activity calendar shows he is submitting work five days a week consistently. Please tell him to keep up the good work.
Whitmore School is a good online option. Our daughter's taking a full senior year of courses and they're challenging but very good.
Thank you for your 5 Star Review Kim!!
Our son's had a positive experience with all the courses at Whitmore. One course has been a little bit more challenging than the others. But overall, it's been a great experience. I would recommend it.
Thank you for your 5 Star Review Kelly!!
The enrollment process at Whitmore was super easy. My son has a medical condition. I like the fact that he could do it from home. It was a total game-changer. They're really good at Whitmore about making sure that he understands the material. It's not like, “Okay, do your assignment and you're done.” They communicate with him really well. They follow-up. They really try to get the students to be accountable for all the communication. They have an awesome program and they have it really well organized.
Thank you for your review Amanda. Your Son is an excellent student, looks like all A's and his Activity Calendar shows he is very dedicated to his studies. You both should be very proud!!
Going to Whitmore was safer for me. I didn't feel safe going to regular high school, because I don't like to communicate with others. Their enrollment process was really easy. We just had to send out information about myself and where I lived, and I was good. I took United States History Honors and it's going well so far. I took Algebra 1, which is really difficult to understand. For the math teacher, whenever I tell her about how I don't understand, sometimes she just repeats the same thing she said before and doesn't explain it more thoroughly. Because for sixth grade and seventh, the math was really messed up in my school, so I didn't really learn anything. I hope that she can go a little easier and explain a little slower and better. But all the English courses I've taken are really easy and I love them.
The enrollment process at Whitmore was easy. We did most of it online. The communication was mostly by email. It's a good option if you can afford it and you have a lousy local school system.
Going to Whitmore has its pros and cons. I like that my daughter can go at her own pace, but I dislike that she's going to be graduating a year late. I like that she doesn't have tests, but I dislike that it takes so long to finish a lesson to go on to the next lesson. You can't just take a bad grade, on a test and say, “I got a 60 on that. Now, I'm going on.” If you really don't know the material, you're stuck and behind. If you are not likely to ask for help, which is my daughter, then it's a struggle. But she's happy with it. It's expensive, but it's worth it.
I know it can be frustrating when a lesson is difficult for the student. I know this because my daughter graduated from Whitmore School. There were some lessons that some tears were shed, but she persevered and learned the material. The result was she was very, very prepared for college and had a big advantage over the other students. She now describes her hardest teacher as her best teacher.
Please let us know if we can help in any way, we only succeed when your daughter succeeds.
We were looking for an online high school for our daughter. In the end, we decided on Whitmore School. And I think we did well. Communication with the school is excellent. I appreciate the work of her school counselor. Karolina does not have English as her native language. Studying is therefore a bit more demanding for her. Nevertheless, she is excited, looking forward to every answer from the teacher. The teachers are amazing. She enjoys studying. Thanks Whitmore.
Thank you for your review Jana!! So glad your daughter is enjoying Whitmore School. I will pass along your kind words to her teachers and counselor.
My son was having difficulties in his own high school and still is. We decided to go online. Whitmore seems to be more highly rated. I have had a lot of good conversations with the teachers and the counselors, and they're always quick to respond. Everything is going well with Whitmore. My child has learning disabilities. So, we explained this to all of his teachers, and they're very understanding. In the beginning, I thought this was just going to be a temporary deal but now, as I continue to deal with the schools, I think this is going to be more of a permanent deal. It’s great. I like that when my son doesn’t understand something, or if he needs some help, his mother or I help him out tremendously.
With him having learning disabilities, there's no timeline on when he's got to turn stuff in. He's got three classes opened right now, and we're only working on them one at a time because, with his learning disabilities, that's the only way that we can keep him focused on one task, instead of saying, “Okay, we're going to work on Math, Science, and English today.” We can't do that. If we're going to work on Math, that's what we got to do. We got to do Math completely through, through the whole course lesson, and then we'll swap over to Science or something else. That's the benefit I see of it. The only thing I wish that Whitmore could improve or could do is if he could have some face-to-face time with a teacher, other than all email correspondence.
I appreciate your suggestion on face to face time with the teachers. The problem is our students live in different time zones all over the world, so face time is very difficult. We are trying to add more videos of direct instruction from our teachers, but it is a work in progress.
We were pleasantly surprised with the rigor about the instruction. It was a no-brainer. Whitmore was one of the best schools that we could find online. Anytime that I had a question, I could email the counselor. And there was a question about grading at one point, and there was a mistake. It was for a Spanish grade. When you’re there, you can revise. When you finish, you can get the revised score. And that score was not changed online. One of the main people called me the next day and apologized, and it was fixed. It was just a question regarding their grading policy, and there was a new teacher that had a misunderstanding. But she was grateful that we brought it to her attention. And they fixed it. It was a new Spanish teacher. So, very minor.
Whitmore teaches to mastery, which means that when a child is not learning something, you have the opportunity to go back, look at your mistakes that you’ve made, and fix those mistakes. So, there’s a lot of learning from your mistakes, which is important, and it's powerful for kids. My kids went from a half online, half in person school prior to Whitmore, and they were not as strong of students they are now. And it’s because teachers took the time to teach and reteach, which was important. The teachers cared about how the kids perform in the classes.
Thank you for your 5 Star Review and enrolling both your daughters with us!! I also want to thank you for bringing the grading problem to our attention. We try to be the best online high school and one way to achieve that is getting feedback from our parents. Your feedback with the Spanish grading issue was very important and helped not only your daughter but I am sure many other students as well. Thank You Keeta!!
Whitmore School gives us the flexibility of my daughter being able to travel back and forth. It also gives my daughter flexibility of being able to train in competitive freestyle whitewater kayaking when the water's on because the water's a different schedule. She's able to get up and train and be on the water when the water's running and be able to do school in the mornings when it's turned off. Whitmore helps with that.
I was an administrator at the last school that my daughter was at. So, I got to see what she is doing with Whitmore and what she has done in the past with the last school that she was at. And we couldn't be more pleased with the education that she's getting at Whitmore. Because of their mastery-based program, she has to get the information and learn it before she's able to move on to the next lesson. So, she, one, has to do her best and make sure that she doesn't have to do all the resubmissions. She puts her best foot forward. She has less work at the end of her school week. She has to prove that she knows the material. So, she's got some great teachers that give amazing feedback. We have enjoyed it. We have already recommended one of our friends and they transferred over from their regular school to Whitmore.
Thank you for your 5 Star Review Jenny!! So happy to hear your daughter is following her passion with competitive freestyle whitewater kayaking. That sounds like so much fun, but I am sure it takes a lot of work and dedication to be successful. Our mastery-based program is a lot like competitive sports, once you truly understand and master the concept you can move on the a higher level of achievement.
Thank you for your kind words about our teachers and having the conference to refer your friends!!
We love Whitmore School. We love the flexibility. I've overheard a few of the classes and now, I want to actively listen in on some of them because the lectures are so spot-on and comprehensive.
Thank you for your kind words Susan. We do have some great teachers that love to inspire our students.
Enrolling online was very simple. My child likes the online learning.
Thank you for your 5 Star Review Amy!!
It's a little difficult because my daughter is kind of at her own pace and it doesn't really tend to keep her on task. Also, there are some concepts that are a little more difficult to get in an online environment. But overall, it's been a good experience and the cost was reasonable.
Thank you for your review Jeremy. We are a self paced school which is really good for the students that need a little more time to master the material and also beneficial for the student that wants to finish a course quickly. The students that commit to a daily school schedule will achieve the most success.
Enrolling was easy. I spoke with one of the counselors and he went over some information with me. I went online and I just signed up. Working with the personnel went very well. When my daughter was sick last December, I called them because she wasn't gonna do school for a week or two and they were very helpful. My daughter's learning experience has been very good and they're even preparing her more for college with the thorough research, going back and forth with the teachers, and being able to communicate with them when she can't understand something. I also like that they have an extra math tutor you can sign up for. That was very helpful because she's able to communicate back and forth with the math teachers and the other teachers too to get her work done. I've been telling a couple of my friends who also homeschool their kids to sign up with them.
Thank you for your 5 Star Review Elloise!! So glad you are pleased with our school and I want to thank you for referring other students. That is the best compliment you could give us!!
Whitmore became a great fit for our son, especially their mastery-based instruction. Some classes tailed longer than other classes did, but he had to get it right. There were times when teachers would come back a dozen different times saying, “No, this isn't right. No, you did this incorrectly. No, you got to redo this.” We look back on the last two years, and we are convinced that he got a much better education than his peers did in public high school. He had a term paper due for the end of his senior year. That was a big project and he was working harder. The standards did not waver, which I loved. I respect the fact that they were expecting a certain level of quality of work from him throughout and that was great.
Thank you David! We do expect our students to master each lesson before they can move on the the next. This learning system truly educates the students and prepares them for their next challenge in life.
I am sure your Son will succeed in the future. Please tell him Congratulations on Graduating from Whitmore School!!
Everything's going very well with our experience with Whitmore. A lot of communication via emails. My child's doing very well. Her anxiety has decreased. She doesn't get stressed out about her school. It's been a positive influence on her.
Thank you for your review Dean. So glad to hear your daughter is less stressed and doing so well.
My brother went to Whitmore School when he was in high school. It worked out for our family very well. So I thought I'd try it for mine. The signup process was explained to us very well. It was easy to do. My child's taking English 9, History and Algebra 1. The quality of the education is very comparable to the cost. The cost was pretty good for an online school.
Thank you for your 5 Star Review Kristian! Your daughter is off to a great start, completing Algebra 1, Biology, and Academic Success all since January. Her Activity Calendar shows how dedicated she is, submitting work 6 to 7 days a week. Please tell her how impressive she is!!
The flexibility is working out really well for us. My child is working at his own pace and he's doing well.
Thank you for your 5 Star Review Jason!!
The classes that are offered are great. The only concern that I had is that my son needed two and a half credits to finish and when he started the program, they told me he needed four and a half. So it was gonna go a little longer than I anticipated. Other than that, my son loves Whitmore. He likes history and the flexibility of being able to work all day if he wants and then work at night and then work on the weekends.
I have my granddaughter in a program also. And in comparison between the two, there's absolutely none. Whitmore is far superior as far as being able to reach out to counselors, getting a response back, being able to check my son's progress during the day, during the week, to see what he's actually working on, and to see what he has completed. They're very structured.
Thank you Jackie!! So glad your Son is showing such responsibilities with both his school work and his job. He is going to be successful at both.
I like that Whitmore was accredited so that all of my child's previous credits from high school going to public schooling would transfer and she could get a diploma when she graduated. I also like the fact that she has teachers that connect with her, that she has communication with them, and she can do her schooling whenever is convenient for her. The courses that she's taken are business English, photography, government, and performing arts.
The thing that I appreciated about Whitmore was being able to start when we were ready. When school usually starts, we were in the middle of moving across several states. It was a very inconvenient time for us to start right in September. I appreciated that we could start in October once we got settled in and that she has the chance to have a full year to complete the schooling. That was very helpful. They were also super kind and helpful. When I was calling to get things figured out as far as getting her started later, everyone was so understanding.
Thank you for your review Ashley! At Whitmore School we try to be flexible for our students. We have students enroll everyday of the year. The students enrollment year starts their first day at Whitmore.
Whitmore School Company Information
- Company Name:
- Whitmore School
- Year Founded:
- 235 High Street Suite 507
- United States