FAQ

BA Online is a learning system that provides over 800 lessons, 15,000 problems, and access to the digital Beast Academy Guide books for grades 2, 3, 4, and 5. The digital practice includes games, problems, and puzzles divided into chapters and units that follow the same sequence found in the book series. Problems and puzzles include complete solutions so that students gain instant feedback and can learn from their mistakes, or find novel solutions they had not considered.

A subscription to BA Online includes access to the full online curriculum and all of the digital Guide books for grades 2, 3, 4, and 5.

BA Online is currently available for grades 2, 3, 4, and 5. A subscription includes access to all of the available grade levels.

Because Beast Academy is such a challenging curriculum, we generally recommend that students start a year "behind" their current grade level in a standard curriculum, even if they have already learned those topics in school. This will give students a chance to adjust to the difficulty level found in Beast Academy, while deepening their understanding of these topics.

BA Online is subscription-based. All subscription options offer full access to BA Online, with over 800 lessons, 15,000 problems, and access to the digital Guide books for grades 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Below are our current plans for subscription options.

  • Monthly subscriptions are $15/month and $7.50/month for each additional student on the same Parent Account (up to 6 total students).
  • Yearly subscriptions are $96/year and $48/year for each additional student on the same Parent Account (up to 6 total students).
  • Bundle subscriptions are $150 each and give access to a full year of BA Online, plus one grade level of the paperback Guide and Practice books. There are no discounts for multiple Bundle subscriptions.

Find out more about these options on our Enroll page.

We do not offer a trial version of BA Online. However, you can cancel any BA Online subscription within 14 days of purchase for a refund. Read more about our subscription refund policy here.

Yes. A subscription to BA Online includes access to the full online curriculum and all of the digital Guide books for grades 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Parents can choose to have students play through BA Online like a game, unlocking content as they progress. Or, parents can unlock chapters and lessons to allow their students to skip around as desired.

Subscriptions to BA Online come with complete access to the entire curriculum. Parents have control over what grade levels, chapters, and lessons are available to their students.

If you set your child's lock scheme to Sequential, they will start at the beginning of a grade level and unlock content as they earn stars. We recommend that you use our diagnostic pre-assessments here to help you choose the best grade level to start with.

Parents can also set the lock scheme to All Chapters to unlock every chapter, or Free Play to unlock every lesson and allow their child to skip around as desired.

BA Online is a web application that can be run on any internet-connected desktop, laptop, or tablet (including touch devices) with an updated version of one of the following web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

BA Online is not recommended for student use on phones. However, phones can be used by parents to change settings and view student progress.

BA Online does include a digital version of the Guide book, but not the Practice book.

No, BA Online does not offer a read-aloud feature for any of its content.

Yes. BA Online is divided into chapters and units that align with the chapters and units found in the BA Guide and Practice books. They are designed to complement each other.

BA Online can be used in addition to or in place of the book series, but they are designed to complement each other. BA Online presents a whole new collection of problems and puzzles that are not duplicated in the books. While some problems are better suited to pencil-and-paper, others benefit from online manipulatives, animations, and games.

If you teach 180 days of math and want to finish a grade level per year, aiming for about 12‑15 instructional days per chapter should work well. We recommend assigning Beast Academy by time and not by lessons or chapters. Most lessons should take 10‑30 minutes to complete, but there is a good bit of variation, with some lessons in each chapter outside of this range.

How much time you assign is entirely dependent on the student and scheduling. We expect that 3 hours a week for 9 months would be pretty typical for a student to complete one year of Beast Academy Online, but there will be a lot of variation. If a student is using both the books and BA Online, it will take significantly longer to complete each chapter.

BA Online does not provide individualized content based on student performance.

However, students who struggle will be offered additional practice to make sure they grasp important concepts and lessons, while students who are doing well can move through lessons quickly without unnecessary repetition.

Parents are also given complete control over what chapters and lessons are available to allow students to skip ahead or review as needed.

We expect to add adaptive features to BA Online in future updates.

BA Online offers a complete and rigorous curriculum that is also a lot of fun. We’ve built many elements into BA Online that make it as engaging as a game. Students earn stars and trophies, leveling up along the way. What really sets Beast Academy apart from other curricula are the challenging problems and puzzles that engage the interests of young problem solvers. BA Online is meant to be played, so we think it’s great if your students call it a game.

The initial release of BA Online does not include tools for teachers. We are developing tools that will make it easy for schools and teachers to adopt BA Online for classroom use. However, those tools will not be available for the 2018/2019 school year.

No. Students using BA Online will not be able to communicate with other users.

No. The digital Beast Academy Guide books are included as part of your subscription to BA Online.

We currently accept purchase orders for BA Online Yearly and Bundle subscriptions, as well as all Beast Academy books.

Please view these instructions for ordering BA Online subscriptions with a purchase order.

Students who have completed Beast Academy Online through level 5 will be prepared to tackle our curriculum for middle- and high-school students at AoPS Online. We recommend starting with the AoPS Prealgebra 1 Online Course.

BA Online students will need to create an AoPS Online account to participate in AoPS Online classes.

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