FAQ

BA Online is a learning system that provides over 800 lessons, 15,000 problems, 700 instructional videos, 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.

You can try it out for yourself with the Demo.

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, but we do have a Demo. It's a limited version that will let you and your student see how lessons work, explore the platform, and decide if BA Online is right for you. You can cancel any BA Online subscription within 14 days of purchase for a refund. Read more about our subscription refund policy here.

Yes. The Beast Academy curriculum is loosely based on the Common Core standards. It covers the key grade-level standards but in greater depth and with more opportunities for problem-solving and logical thinking than other curricula. (You can find more about the Scope and Sequence for second, third, fourth, and fifth grades 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, including over 800 lessons featuring more than 15,000 problems, 700 videos, and access to digital versions of all 16 Guide books for grades 2-5.

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.

You can try it out and see how it works with our Demo.

Beast Academy is loosely based on the Common Core standards. It covers the key grade-level standards but in greater depth and with more opportunities for problem-solving and logical thinking than other curricula. Click to learn more about the Scope and Sequence for second, third, fourth, and fifth grades.

Yes. Beast Academy Online includes over 700 instructional videos featuring Art of Problem Solving founder, olympiad winner, and math beast extraordinaire, Richard Rusczyk. These videos model the skills and problem-solving strategies needed to excel in BA Online. It’s like having a world-class math tutor for your child.

You can see how the guide books are used in combination with the practice in our Demo.

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

However, we do offer over 700 instructional videos that provide clear explanations to sample problems in most lessons. These videos not only help students with the skills and strategies needed to excel, they also model vocabulary that may be unfamiliar and help students learn the language of mathematics.

You can see how BA Online works and determine if it's a fit for your student with the help of our Demo.

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.

You can try it out and see how it works with our Demo.

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.

You can use our planning documents to help you coordinate materials from the Guide book, Practice book, and BA Online.

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 pages, as there is a lot of variation in the time it takes to complete each page of Practice.

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, 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.

You can try it out and see how it works with our Demo..

Yes! Beast Academy Online is now available for schools. Click here to learn more.

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

You can see how the platform works for students by playing through our Demo.

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

When you first purchase a BA Online subscription, you create a Parent Account with an email and a password.

Beast Academy sends a Subscription Information email to confirm your email address. Click the Confirm button in the email.

Once you have confirmed your email address, visit BeastAcademy.com and click SIGN IN in the top-right corner. Use your email and password to sign in to your Parent Account.

Signing in will take you to your My Students page. This page includes a link to our Parent Guide, which signed-in users can read for help Getting Started.

Once you have set up your student's account username and password, they can start playing by clicking PLAY at the top of any page at BeastAcademy.com. Students can only play BA Online on a desktop, laptop, or tablet (including touch devices) with an updated version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

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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