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Program Comparison

Virtual Campus vs. AoPS Online: Which Program is Right for Your Student?

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Virtual Campus vs. AoPS Online: Which Program is Right for Your Student?

At AoPS, we understand that every student learns a little differently. That’s why we’ve designed our K12 programs for varied learning preferences, age ranges, difficulty levels and subject matter.

We offer four distinct program offerings for students ages 7-17. Two of those offerings — AoPS Academy Virtual Campus and AoPS Online School — share some structural similarities, but still differ in key ways. To help you select the program that’s right for your student, we break down the main similarities and differences between the two.

Once you’ve chosen the right program, a placement test or consultation will then ensure your student starts in the right level and class.

Key Similarities

Same curriculum developers

Designed by PhDs from MIT, Princeton, Stanford, and more, all of our engaging curriculum is shaped by a common educational philosophy. Curriculum centers on higher-order reasoning skills and deep conceptual understanding.

Princeton University

Experienced, well-credentialed teachers

Our instructors across all programs were once star students themselves. A veritable “Who’s Who?” in the advanced math community, they teach at AoPS to share their love of the subject with the next generation of intellectual leaders.

Teachers greeting through virtual class

Outstanding peer groups

AoPS programs are designed for high-potential students with a great love of learning, so students across all programs have wonderful classmates (and future friends!) to engage and learn with.

Happy student friends

Features at a Glance

Since 2003, AoPS has taught outstanding middle and high school math students in the AoPS Online School. Today, our AoPS Academy Virtual Campus gives us the opportunity to deliver different lessons in a new classroom format — and to serve a wider range of students.
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AoPS Academy Virtual Campus logo
Age
11+
7+
Course Pace
Accelerated, with a few self-paced options
Moderate to Accelerated
Live Instruction?
Yes, through an interactive text-based classroom
Learn more about the Online Classroom here.
Yes, via video conference
Subjects Offered
Math
CS/Programming
Chemistry
Physics
Math
Language Arts
How to Enroll
Online
Online
Course Length
12–25 weeks, with additional weekend contest prep courses
36 weeks per level, with additional options for summer classes
Classroom Size
40–80
10-16
Average Instructor : Student Ratio
1:20
Multiple teachers per class
1:13
Textbooks
Art of Problem Solving
Beast Academy (Elementary) + Art of Problem Solving (Middle/High School)
School Schedule
Year-round offerings, with some self-paced options
Year-round offerings, Summer Camps
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