Reviews for Clover Valley Chemistry courses

Reviews for Chemistry

Clover Valley Chemistry is wonderful…I can’t recommend it highly enough. My daughter, a motivated homeschooler who’s taken dozens of online classes and can be a tough critic, loves the Chemistry course. Ms. Schwartz is an ideal teacher—personable, professional, enthusiastic, and organized. The readings, coursework, labs and lessons are interesting and effective. Ms. Schwartz is quick to grade and return assignments and is always responsive if my daughter has a question or needs something. She’s obviously a pro who loves what she does. I strongly recommend this class. It’s what all online classes should be.

-Parent, Chemistry

My son is enrolled in the Clover Valley Chemistry regular Chemistry course. This was our first year using an online science course, and it has surpassed all our expectations. Connie Schwartz is gifted at teaching chemistry. She is enthusiastic, encouraging, and makes complex concepts simple and relatable. She is incredibly knowledgable and just a general pleasure to work with. The course is well organized, with expectations and a course syllabus provided at the onset of the course. Students work independently, but receive as much support as they need to get a complete understanding of the material covered. There are dedicated discussion boards to communicate with one another, office hours once a week for questions, and Mrs Schwartz is very responsive through email. I honestly could not have asked for more in an online class.

-Parent, Chemistry

“This course has been exactly what we needed. Connie made chemistry interesting and understandable. It was a great introduction to high school science for my 9th grader to experience labs, exams, midterms, and managing time wisely from a friendly and supportive instructor. I would recommend it to anyone.”

-Parent, Chemistry

Reviews for Honors Chemistry

Honors Chemistry course has challenged my son to work hard unlike any other course he has taken maybe with the exception of Art of Problem Solving Math. The course certainly teaches beyond what typical honors courses in public high schools offer. Honors Chem is exceptionally well organized, but the greatest asset at Clover Valley is the teacher. Connie answers all question very promptly in addition to providing live office hours. Those live meetings have made a tremendous difference, allowing my son to make true connection with the teacher and get needed help on difficult material.

-Parent, Honors Chemistry

“Fabulous learning experience! Ms. Schwartz was always involved with my daughter’s progress. She communicated often with me and my daughter, which helped a lot since my daughter was taking a subject that was challenging for her. Through Ms. Schwartz’ mentoring my daughter learned more than just advanced high school chemistry! The course at an academic level is amazing and taught very well through the materials, labs, and online live sessions. My daughter would definitely retake a course with Ms. Schwartz – definitely a growing experience for my daughter!”

-Parent, Honors Chemistry

“I am a 9th grader about to complete Mrs. Schwartz’s Honors Chemistry class. I honestly believe that there is no other chemistry class out there that is as rigorous as Mrs. Schwartz’s. For anyone interested in this class, you will need to carefully plan your work out because you won’t make it if you leave it sit on your desk until the last minute. However, for anyone seriously interested in building a strong foundation in this subject, this is without a doubt the class to take. Mrs. Schwartz’s high expectations and encouragement along the way will only make you better prepared for more advanced chemistry classes. I am planning to take Mrs. Schwartz’s Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry class, and am looking forward to it already.”

-Student, Honors Chemistry

Our 9th grade science-loving son is currently completing Mrs. Schwartz’s Honors Chemistry class. Both class and teacher have been a perfect fit for him. The weekly live-component has been particularly helpful in getting assistance with some of the more challenging course material. Mrs. Schwartz’s rigorous curriculum has not only significantly increased his knowledge in chemistry but her high, yet fair, expectations have also made of him a much more detail-oriented student. We couldn’t have been happier with the quality of Mrs. Schwartz’s class as well as with the encouragement and support she has so generously provided to our son over the past year. He is now planning and looking forward to taking Mrs. Schwartz’s Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry class.

-Parent, Honors Chemistry

I am very reluctant to outsource and rarely do. When I do, I have high expectations or I will completely regret the decision and end up withdrawing them from the class and doing it at home myself. That said, Clover Valley honors chemistry course receives high marks from both me and my daughter. The course is well-organized and covers the material extremely well. It is one of only a handful of outsourced courses that in my 25 yrs of homeschooling has not only met but also exceeded my expectations.
On the rare occasion that I do seek an outsourced course, my goal is to have it be solely responsible in providing my student with all necessary skills and content. Clover Valley honors chemistry meets that objective. I have been completely hands-off and my student is excelling.
Highly recommend based on our experience.

-Parent, Honors Chemistry

I honestly cannot say enough good things about Mrs. Schwartz’ class and about her as a teacher. Her videos are thorough, extremely well-done, and actually quite enjoyable; her enthusiasm for chemistry is obvious and pervasive (and probably contagious), as is her empathy for the students as they face tough topics. I’m no expert, but it appears that the content is rigorous, and it seems there are very few things that are in the textbook that she is skipping over. The homework and suggested review problems seem to be appropriate preparation for the tests, and everything correlates well with the textbook. She grades assignments quickly (including helpful feedback on items that are incorrect), and she responds to questions quickly, thoroughly, and helpfully. For a beta run on a class of this magnitude, there have been surprisingly few errors or oversights, which I think says a lot about her thoroughness and attention to detail.
As a parent, I think the thing that impresses me most about her is that she clearly communicates that she has high standards and little tolerance for not taking things like deadlines seriously, but on the flip side she is incredibly supportive and encouraging, and accommodating when it is appropriate; it comes through very clearly that her highest priority is helping students to succeed in learning chemistry. I think this incredible mix was most clearly on display by her assignment to write a “formal” lab; this was a hugely difficult task, and way beyond anything I’m sure anyone had been exposed to (and probably way beyond typical high school expectations – she pointed out that her motivation was to give them a first taste of a college-level lab report), *but* she encouraged the students to submit multiple iterations and get feedback (which she gave quickly, constructively, and very extensively), and she only gave a grade when the students had gotten it to a level they were comfortable with.
The only thing that I could think of that I would be anything less than overwhelmingly positive about would be the labs; however, I know that with kids working in kitchens without teachers, there is only so much you can do. I guess I was expecting a few more labs on basic techniques (e.g., distillation of coffee), but maybe more of those are coming. I feel like the depth, breadth, and rigor of Mrs. Schwartz’s content probably exceeds that of the honors chem classes in our local high school, but I would guess that the lab experience would probably be more substantial in a science classroom. But since the local science classroom isn’t an option, I am fine with what Mrs. Schwartz has put together in terms of labs.
I think her class has been an outstanding introduction to chemistry (both in rigor and in cultivating interest), and I am optimistic that it will be a great foundation for AP Chemistry next year.

-Parent, Honors Chemistry

The best part of honors chemistry is the support a student receives from Connie. As this is an honors class, a student is bound to have questions and follow-up questions. Connie is always prompt even when we least expect it. This has been a challenging class for my daughter yet it has instilled a sense of accomplishment and helped with her time management skills. Connie is not only generous with her time in answering questions over email, but she also offers two live office sessions with easy access to recordings and is always in communication with students and parents. She has put so much effort into her videos which are essential to the course; her videos expand on concepts taught in the book and make it easier to digest the information. Her class is rigorous, but if a student works through the videos and homework on a consistent basis, it is manageable, especially since Connie is very accessible. We are planning to take the next class in a couple of years.

-Parent, Honors Chemistry