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

By: Bri Stauffer on June 27th, 2019

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How Much Does Digital Middle School Health Science Curriculum Cost?

Health Science | Middle School

Adding a new middle school health science program to your school is an equally exciting and daunting task.

You need to review course standards, plan your classroom layout, and most importantly choose a curriculum.

When it comes to buying a new curriculum, the budget is a huge factor.

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

On this page, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the cost of implementing a new middle school health science curriculum!

We’ll also use AES’s pricing as an example since we can’t vouch for the cost of other companies’ curriculum.

Overall, there are four key factors that impact the cost of a middle 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 with the number of students, since that’s the most important part of determining the price!

1. Number of Students

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A middle school health science curriculum is usually priced based on the number of students using it each year.

For example, AES has worked with individual teachers who have 50 students across two classes, and the cost wound up being around $3,000 per year.

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

However, some curriculum developers (like AES) offer their products at a quantity discount. So while the price still goes up based on the number of students you teach, you’re paying less per student when you have larger classes.  

That means if you’re thinking of purchasing for one class, it may be more cost-effective to actually purchase for a group of classes right off the bat!

2. Length of Your Course

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In addition to the number of students you teach, it’s important to consider is the length of your class.

Most digital health science curriculum is purchased on a 12-month basis, but middle school courses may only be one semester long.

If you teach a semester-long course, you can take advantage of “resetting” the number of students you teach at the end of the first semester.

That opens up all of the seats in your digital curriculum so you can add all of your new students without increasing the cost of your curriculum.

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

3. Length of the Contract

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The standard contract for curriculum is 12 months, but you can choose to buy for multiple years at a time.

In many cases, a curriculum provider will give you a discount on yearly pricing when you commit to multiple years up front.

In addition, you won’t have to worry about renewing your contract every year. Instead, you can use your curriculum worry-free!

On top of that, most digital curriculum is updated automatically when the industry or course standards change.

If you commit to using a digital curriculum for five years, you’re getting automatic updates across the years!

4. Training & Implementation

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On top of all of the base factors of cost, there are often add-ons you can get to make getting started a much smoother process.

These add-ons fall into what we call “training and implementation,” and there are a few different options available:

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

Personal Webinar Training

For some teachers, it can be beneficial to have someone walk you through the system, share best practices, and answer your questions.

Scheduled webinars are the perfect way to gain these benefits without having to give a lot of your own time.

In-Person Trainings

For district-wide implementations, in-person training sessions can be a great way to get all of the middle school health science teachers in one place to learn about their new curriculum.

You’ll get hands-on practice using the system while someone gives you tips and tricks on making the most of it.

Plus, you can ask the experts first-hand any questions that come to mind.

These in-person trainings also make it easy for teachers in multiple buildings to collaborate and come up with a game plan to provide a standard strategy to all of their students!

Implementation Assistance

When a district is launching a middle school health science program, it’s crucial to execute everything as easily as possible.

Most often, a concern from CTE administrators is that their students have a consistent learning experience, no matter which building they’re in.

That’s when it can be beneficial to get additional assistance with implementation. This can include help with aligning the curriculum to course standards, implementation guides, and even specific course templates built just for your program.

What Will Your Middle School Health Science Curriculum Cost?

When it comes down to it, depending on your situation, a middle school health science curriculum could cost anywhere from $2,500 to more than $15,000.

The bottom line is that it all depends on the needs of your program!

To learn more about what a middle school health science curriculum would cost for your program, click below:

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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