How the Earl Willard Academy helps!

Why the Earl Willard Academy exists:

There is a need to give our kids a fact-based, non-politically motivated education taught by a certified and highly qualified teacher who has content degrees vs a degree in education.  Degrees in education are based on the liberal agenda; not knowledge of the subject matter.

Politics hijacked education. No longer can we assume our kids are learning and being held accountable to any standard. 

Schools make their money on attendance; not academic achievement. This means the students who struggle are passed through without learning the subjects and the students who seek an academic challenge are ignored.

Private Schools are not the answer many assume they are. 

Private Schools are not required to hold any state accreditation nor provide certified teachers.  According to the cde, the only requirement for an online private school to be registered on the California Department of Education website is to submit a form and provide an address.  This address isn’t even verified.  This same holds true for Illinois.  Texas seems to be a state where there is actual oversight.  Go Texas!

After learning this, I called California State University Admissions office.  Accordingly, CSU does not require HS transcripts from an accredited school; or even a registered school.  Instead, an admission counselor “talks to the student.”  If you are looking at a college, I suggest calling that college and verifying their transcript policy.

Private schools are not required to partake in State Assessment Tests.

The door to scams is wide open. This is especially true when looking for an online K-12 Private School. Parents are paying hard-earned money to safeguard their children against the inexcusable challenges of education.

My advice to parents:  Look deeper than the glittery websites and search for their WASC or Cogna accreditation.  Ask the school how they are accredited.  Ask the school if they allow teachers who are not certified in the subject area to teach at any time.

** If the glittery site has Chinese writing on the bottom, translate it!  My last one came up actually from Beijing, China.  Communist China where religion is against the law and Christians, Muslims, and Jews are imprisoned and it is a criminal offense to speak against the Party.  Do you want China teaching your kids?

Solution 1:

There are accredited schools out there!  These are accreditation companies that list schools:  Wasc, Cogna. But again, watch out for the Chinese schools.   

Solution 2:

Attend the Earl Willard Academy

I am happy to teach your child. I am an Arizona certified and Highly Qualified teacher. I am credentialed to teach English and Social Studies for grades 6th – 12th.  I have been a teacher for 12 years. 

My content degrees:

Master’s Political Science/Comparative Governments

Master’s US Military History – will complete 5/2022

Bachelors of Science Political Science/History

English – 51 credits (it takes 24 credits to acquire a Bachelor’s – I know!  Put it down to my wild 20’s 😊  )

Your child will be given the opportunity to have a content rich learning experience and he or she will be set up for success in passing grade level State Assessments.  I align my curriculum to the state standards and state test of your choice.

If you do not have a state standard and state test preference, I align the lessons to the Arizona State Standards and the:

The Arizona Academic Standards Assessment

ACT Aspire Assessment


NAEP Science Assessment

If your child wants to learn, is respectful, and understands that homework is to be done, I would love to welcome him/her.  I have students across the United States and in all time zones 😊  My school is not accredited.  I keep my roster at 3 students per session. I teach 2nd grade – 12th grade.

** Please note, we start each session with an internal reflection moment.  This moment is given for individual prayer.  There is more to life than bread alone.

Best of luck to everyone!

Vivian Merkley

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