How Much Does Digital Health Science Curriculum Cost for High School? Blog Feature
Bri Stauffer

By: Bri Stauffer on July 30th, 2019

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How Much Does Digital Health Science Curriculum Cost for High School?

Health Science | High School

Whether you have to change your health science class because of changing standards or a new certification program, finding a good curriculum is both exciting and frustrating.

You need to learn your new standards, review the certification information, and choose a curriculum that’s right for your students!

When it comes to buying a new high school health science curriculum, the budget is important.

That’s why so many teachers want to know how much a high school health science curriculum costs!

In this post, we’ll walk you through the details of purchasing a new digital curriculum for your program.

We’ll also use AES’s pricing as an example to give you some estimates.

Overall, there are four main factors that affect the cost of a digital high school health science curriculum:

  1. Number of students
  2. Length of your course
  3. Length of the contract
  4. Training and implementation

We’ll start by discussing the number of students in your class since that’s the most important part!

1. Number of Students

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A high school health science curriculum is typically priced on several factors, including the number of students using it that school year.

That means that you’ll essentially pay a per-student fee. Some curriculum developers also offer their per-student fees at a quantity discount.

While the overall price increases based on the number of students you’ll teach in a year, you’ll pay less per student when more students use the system.

For example, AES has worked with teachers who have 50 students per year, and the cost was approximately $3,000 for the year.

In addition, AES has worked with school districts with hundreds of health science students and the cost was between $7,000 and $15,000 per year.

Overall, teachers typically spend for one or two of their own classes per year.

However, if you have other health science teachers in your school or district, it may be more cost-effective on the whole to purchase for all of you (and your classes) right off the bat!

This will also help when you propose your curriculum to your administrator since you can show that even though you’re requesting more funding, the cost is less per student.

2. Length of Your Course

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Along with the number of students you teach, it’s important to consider the length of your course.

While many high school health science courses last a full school year, some may only be one semester.

For year-long courses, you’ll simply purchase the number of licenses you need for the number of students you have in all of your health science classes.

However, if you teach a semester-long course, you only need enough licenses to cover the students you teach in a single semester.

Then, at the end of a semester, you can reuse those same student licenses for your next semester’s classes.

That opens all of the seats in your digital curriculum to add all of your new students without increasing the cost.

So, if you teach 50 students in the fall and 25 in the spring, you’d only need to purchase access for a total of 50 students for 12 months!

Still, there’s more to pricing than just the number of students you teach and the duration of your class.

You also have to consider the length of the contract you set up with your curriculum provider!

3. Length of the Contract

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The standard contract length for a digital health science curriculum is 12 months, but many providers let you purchase for multiple years at a time.

This is a great option because in many cases, a curriculum provider will have more leeway on yearly pricing if you commit to multiple years up front.

Additionally, you won’t have to worry about renewing your contract every year. Instead, you can use the system worry-free for as many years as you purchase.

But how can you possibly purchase multiple years up-front when you don’t know how many students you’ll have to teach next year? 

If you ever need to purchase change your quantity of student licenses because your program is growing, you just have to get in touch with your curriculum provider.

Some curriculum developers may have you contact a primary support line to make this change.

A select few developers, like AES, match you with an account representative who understands your needs. This works out well for teachers since you know someone’s name and direct phone number whenever you want to talk about your curriculum contract.

Another benefit of a multi-year contract is that you get constant updates at no additional charge from some developers.

For example, AES constantly adds new curriculum to its health science library, which currently has about 600 hours of content.

However, we also add new lessons, assessments, test questions, and features to our digital curriculum at no extra charge to our customers.

So if you buy into a long-term contract — like five years — you’ll actually get more value out of the digital curriculum than you would if you bought year-to-year.

It may seem like a small benefit, but it adds up in the long run!

4. Training & Implementation

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Along with all of the base factors that impact the cost, many digital curriculum developers offer other add-ons you can get to make the most of your digital health science curriculum.

Some curriculum developers will actually come to your school or classroom and help you learn the system in person. It’s an added cost, but it’s exceptionally helpful if you’ve purchased digital curriculum for multiple teachers.

Many teachers don’t look into this kind of training for themselves. Most of the time, they learn a digital curriculum on their own or by contacting the support desk when they have questions.

But for larger contracts that could include an entire school district, these options are very practical!

Generally speaking, you’ll find three kinds of training and implementation offers from digital curriculum developers:

  • Personal webinar training
  • In-person training
  • Implementation assistance

Personal Webinar Training

Some teachers find it beneficial to schedule a webinar with a representative at their digital curriculum developer.

This allows an expert to walk you through using the system so they can share tips and answer your questions.

Depending on the curriculum developer, scheduling personal webinars may be free or it may be an extra charge. You’ll just have to ask your developer!

In-Person Training

For district-wide implementation, in-person training sessions can be a great way to get teachers together in one place to learn the ins-and-outs of a digital health science curriculum.

Some digital curriculum developers will help you get hands-on practice with the system while another expert walks you through all of the features you should know.

Plus, you can ask the experts any questions as you have them!

In-person trainings also help teachers across the district collaborate and get on the same page with implementing new curriculum.

Incidentally, in-person trainings are rarely offered for free. Double-check with your developer to see if they’re offered, and if they are, expect there to be a price associated with the service.

It’ll be an additional expense — but it’ll be well worth the cost for you to make full use of your digital curriculum system!

Implementation Assistance

When a school district implements a new high school health science curriculum system, it’s crucial to do so as effectively and accurately as possible.

CTE administrators typically want students in their health science programs to have a consistent learning experience, no matter which school they attend.

That’s why some administrators opt to purchase implementation assistance!

This can include aligning curriculum to your standards, creating custom implementation guides, mapping out curriculum options according to your standards, and even building classes for you within your digital curriculum portal.

Altogether, implementation assistance can cost your school a pretty penny. You’ll have to work with your administrator and your curriculum developer to determine price, deliverables, and expectations.

Still once you’ve gone through this, it really shows in your class. You’ll have all the resources you’ll ever need right at your fingertips.

Your only concern will be keeping up with content updates as they’re rolled out!

What Will Your High School Health Science Curriculum Cost?

All in all, depending on the needs of your program, a digital high school health science curriculum could cost anywhere from $2,500 to more than $15,000 per year.

When it comes down to the cost, it all depends on your situation!

To learn more about what AES’s digital health science curriculum would cost for you, check out our pricing page!

Learn about the cost for your program!

 

About Bri Stauffer

Bri writes content to help teachers and students succeed in the classroom. In addition, she runs the AES Educator Community group to help teachers collaborate from across the country.

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