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Testimonials

Here is what some of our parents and former students have to say! If you would like to personally speak to any of our parents, please contact Eva Goldstein-Meola at eva@opententacademy.com and she would be happy to make arrangements for you!

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I wanted to give a “shout out” to Open Tent Academy! My son, age 10, is taking “How Did They Think of That” and LOVES it. All the students in the class tell the instructor each week it is their favorite class. It is nice to see my son so excited for the class. Online classes may seem expensive; however, once you see the technology that OTA uses and how much your child will learn, you will see how it is worth it at the end. Kudos OTA!

~ M.K., Ohio

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I will never forget our daughter’s excitement as she watched one of Mr. Jonathan’s required documentaries and couldn’t believe she recognized and knew all of the names and places.

History is not a strong suit for our girl, and for her to show a passion for World War I is remarkable. The choice of reading assignments, videos and documentaries all parlayed well into a comprehensive history course. We have truly enjoyed Mr. Jonathan’s teaching style and desire to bring the past alive and look forward to taking another class with him next semester.

~L.R., Florida

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My daughter and I are both impressed with the variety of class that Open Tent Academy offers. This year she took “Ideas That Changed the World”! My daughter is loving this class, especially the mind mapping technique for homework.

In addition, she is in her second semester of “You Can’t Stop Them”, a literature class with strong female characters taught by Ms. Eva! The loves the creative projects, choices offered and discussions on the novels that they read.

She and I both LOVE Open Tent Academy. I know that she is getting a great education, and she likes that she is having fun learning! She loves the projects that the teachers assign. Open Tent Academy is awesome!

~S.M., California

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I hesitated long and hard about Open Tent Academy and my only regret is not trying it sooner. Both of my kiddoes are taking math and writing classes. These classes are truly a gift. The math teachers are comprehensive and patient. Ms. Eva might be a tough writing teacher; however, she is fair and loves the children and her work.

~T.S.C., New York

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Ancient World with Jonathan Meola has been one of the best online classes my son, Z, has taken. We will definitely be signing up for more with OTA!

I.D., California

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Merium Khan’s clear speech, down-to-earth personality and passion for literature shined through in her classes.  Her classes are a MUST for your child.

~K.S., California

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Just a quick note to thank you for a wonderful class! I was a little apprehensive that Cyrus and Ellis would balk at taking an American Girl themed class, but they thoroughly enjoyed your class and never once mentioned that it was girl-centric. Your combination of American history, geography, culture and reading was perfectly balanced. Well done!

~ AKH, Northern Virginia

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My daughter just completed her first class at OTA:To Hope and Back, The Story of the U.S.S. St. Louis. She loved it!!! Eva Goldstein-Meola was an incredible teacher. Fun and informative. The amount of homework was not overwhelming. My daughter loved this class so much that I never had to remind her. She was always sitting at her desk 15 minutes before start time. We have just signed up for another close with Open Tent. I highly recommend!

~E.S., Virginia

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I can’t say enough about the art classes at OTA.  You would think – art online – but yes, ART ONLINE!   The instructor worked her magic on our daughter, who originally took art history to “check the box” for her high school fine arts elective. The passion for art and art history readily comes through each live online class.

What makes this class even more special is the fact that each student not only learned about various artists and styles of art, but then had to actually get out the paints and canvases to give it a whirl! The hands-on component to this class really brought each artist alive for the students and generated deep respect for those who have a special gift for creating renowned masterpieces.

~L.R., Florida

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Thank you Merium Khan!  You are an inspiring teacher teacher, who is clearly passionate about your subject area.  You know how to engage young minds.  My daughter LOVED her class with you.

~A.B., Texas

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I would like to say thank you. My daughter, Laura, was so inspired by OTA’s Lights! Camera! Action! class. She WANTS to improve at writing instead of shying away from the process that she finds so difficult. She is putting her heart and soul into trying. I am seeing improvement and I am seeing enthusiasm that just were not there before. You have no idea how joyful that makes me. This latest essay was really, really hard but a bit less overwhelming than the prior two. Slowly the elements that Laura is learning in class are sinking in. I appreciate all that you do for the class! Thank you!

~ J.C. – Vermont

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“During the process, they might not like me; however, I know when they arrive in college they will thank me.” (Eva Goldstein-Meola)

This is one thing that makes you a good teacher and the reason that I will ALWAYS enroll my upper elementary/middle/high school students in a writing class taught by someone else! They need someone that is hard on them that is not also tucking them in at night! I appreciate your rigorous grading and emphasis on learning and progress. I keep telling my boys… if you were getting 100%, I would need to sign you up for the class. Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into every lesson, Eva.

~A.S. – Maryland

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During our family new year’s celebration, everyone completed a year-in-review questionnaire. One question asked, “What are you most proud of in 2017?” Without hesitation, our daughter blurted out “I learned to write a five-paragraph essay!”

Our daughter, who up until this past semester would only write science lab reports, should be proud of this accomplishment. She willingly dedicated days to completing required essays, and we owe this success to Ms. Eva.

Ms. Eva’s enthusiasm, instruction, encouragement and feedback all generated a newfound level of confidence within our daughter. Plus, the course spurred everyone in our family (including grandparents) to watch incredible movies, which normally would not be in our Netflix queue. Ms. Eva’s impact reached beyond our daughter.

~ L.R., Florida

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We are thrilled to have placed so many courses in the hands of OTA’s professionals. We’ve been homeschooling for eight years and outsource the majority of our classes, so we know a thing or two about live online classes! The flow of information was timely and thorough. When questions arose, we always received a prompt and comprehensive response. In terms of technology, Canvas worked very well; we had no issues or problems accessing Canvas or signing into the live classes. Course content was appropriate and on-grade for each class. Teachers were professional and engaging with a clear desire to share their passions. Without hesitation, I recommend OTA to other homeschool families.

~E.P.K, Virginia

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I am a full time working parent, who was looking for a homeschool consortium that included live lessons (as well as recording them), qualified teachers, and would be proactive with their communication with any of our needs. Open Tent Academy fit everything we needed as a family and more! We are so thankful to be a part of this wonderful academy.

~ S.S., Indiana

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My daughter, Anna has really benefited from and loved OTA’s Fractions, Decimals, Percents class. We LOVE that she has a real, live teacher every week. Most online math offerings want you to subscribe to an already recorded set of videos! We love the fact that the instructor makes a personal connection with each student. The world of online education feels so cold and impersonal as a whole, but OTA is SO different.

~C.B., Virginia

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I just wanted you to know that Laura and I were discussing classes for next year. I was thinking that she would “take a break” from your writing class for one year and then return for the high school classes; however, Laura insisted, “Absolutely not. I learn so much from Eva. Not only about writing; but about how to be a better person. Eva expects excellence out of us in all areas of life.”

Laura truly enjoys all that you bring to the class, your energy, humor, and all that you teach. She has learned so very much from you and I know you have her highest respect along with mine. Personally, I am a terrible writer. Laura loves to write; however, that was not always the case. Without your instruction, I cannot even imagine the quality of her work. I thank you so much for everything. I am so glad I met you years ago in NJ at ENOCH. You have changed my daughter’s life for the better!

~M.S., New Jersey

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I enrolled my eighth-grade son in Middle School Writing at the last minute this past year. Anyone who has had to deal with 12-13-14 year-old boys know how each and every subject can become a power struggle! With my fourth son, writing was “our” struggle. At this point, I knew I needed help!

Eva’s classes and the ability to watch them over or on your own time have been helpful. I left my son to his own devices with this class because I was done arguing, nagging and cajoling. He was surprised and shocked when his papers did not meet up with Mrs. Goldstein-Meola’s approval. Secretly, I have been secretly cheering her because she was not allowing my son off the hook. It’s been a long year but he’s finally getting it. He is following instructions, checking and proofreading his own work and the improvement is amazing. REALLY. AMAZING.

As a parent I love the way this class is structured. I know what is going on and can be as involved or uninvolved (in my case) as I like. The student is given all the information, instructions and examples he needs to do a good job if he chooses. Personally, my son took most of the year to see the light and I have been sitting on my hands and biting my tongue. But . . . he’s finally got it! He has rewritten many of the assignments multiple times until he finally got it right. And, at last, things clicked – follow the directions the first time and poof! No rewrites. Mrs. Goldstein-Meola never waivers in her expectations of excellence. She gives clear instructions and it’s up to the student to follow through. For my son, this class has been a terrific lead-in to high school (and above) level work.

~A.K., Florida

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Minecraft and Architecture taught by Ryan Rasar is my son’s favorite class.  His imagination has been sparked.  I love seeing what he has been able to create every week.  My son spends so much time perfecting his creations.  In addition, he loves giving feedback on the other student’s work.  He is learning so much.  Mr. Rasar really knows how to engage the students.

~ T.K., New York

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My daughter has taken two of Ms. Eva’s IEW writing classes and LOVES them. Ms. Eva’s class structure and teaching style truly makes the process manageable, even for the most reluctant writers. Class notes are provided so that the student can focus on the class content itself. The notes can be reviewed, along with the PowerPoint presentation, before and after class so that the material is familiar. And, as with all the OTA courses, the class is recorded and can be re-watched as many times as needed. Ms. Eva provides constructive feedback in a manner that encourages continuous improvement.

~ C.T., Vermont

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Both my daughters LOVED their creative writing class with Sarina Furer last semester.  Being able to create something unique to them and generate ideas that culminated in something interesting to hear was something that truly sparked their love for writing.  One of my daughters previously had not enjoyed the art of writing; however, after this class she begged to take the second semester.  I would highly recommend this class to any student who has found writing to be dull, full of rules and without energy and excitement.  Here they will learn to enjoy the process of writing and the fruit of their effort

~ T.F., Florida

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My kids recently completed a literature class with Eva Goldstein-Meola, To Hope and Back, and they loved it! Eva brings energy and passion to her classroom. She is incredibly positive and is able to get the kids to open up and share. My kids love her as a teacher (they have had her for other classes and routinely ask to take her classes again). We just signed up for her winter literature class and I am sure they will enjoy it as much!

~ J.B., Gainesville, Virginia

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During 2017 – 2018, I have been taking four classes through Open Tent. My two favorite classes are Middle School Writing and ADHD Toolbox. What I really like about the ADHD class is that OTA knows how hard it is to learn in school and life. All the tips she tells us really help. In addition, I love Middle School Writing. The best part of MSW is how Ms. Eva teaches and how her comments are so easy to understand. I am so happy to be able to take OTA classes this year. I can’t wait to take more next year.

K.T., Student from Vermont

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In middle and high school, I took IEW writing classes with Mrs. Goldstein. Her teaching style and passion for the material made learning the techniques and rules of writing so easy. Today, as I am preparing to graduate from George Mason University, I still apply what I learned from Mrs. Goldstein in every paper I write. I’m so thankful I took her classes many years ago, because it has truly helped me succeed in my current academics!

~ C.T., Reston, Virginia

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Eva is a very experienced teacher who does not just ‘grade papers’ but gives meaningful feedback that helps the student learn and improve. She is very responsive by email. The learning management system used by OTA (called CANVAS) is very user friendly and easy to navigate. Eva is kind, reasonable, and has the students’ best interest at heart.

~ A.K., China

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I have known Eva, founder of OTA, for over ten years and cannot recommend her enough! My daughters attended live classes with her while living in Northern Virginia, and they are all excellent writers because of her! By founding OTA, she has expanded her love of learning and commitment to education to benefit students around the globe. Eva wants nothing more than to help parents on their educational journey with their children and does what it takes to make that happen!!

M.P., ~ Texas

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