Shmoop Earns A-G Certification, Proving That Legitimate Education Doesn’t Have to Be a Snoozefest

Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — Shmoop University (, a digital curriculum company aimed to make learning fun and accessible, has been granted a-g certification for its Common Core-aligned 9th-grade English Language Arts Online Course; the course will now be honored as part of the requirements for admission into the University of California system. To earn certification, a course is required to meet iNACOL’s National Standards for Quality Online Courses, proving it to be a valuable course for students nationwide.

This particular course introduces students to literature, walking them through grammar, essay writing, and the basics of literature before diving into poetry, novels, drama, non-fiction, and bestsellers. Its tagline—“Reading, Writing, and an obvious lack of Arithmetic”—showcases Shmoop’s student-friendly style, which, combined with the rigor necessary to meet a-g standards, makes for a fun and in-depth course that teachers and parents will be thrilled to oversee.

Elizabeth Jones, Lead Curriculum Editor at Shmoop, remarks, “Shmoop aims to please students and teachers alike, and the a-g certification is an official reminder that learning doesn’t have to be blah; courses like Shmoop’s Introduction to Literature can engage students while still meeting the rigorous college readiness standards expected by California’s higher education system.”

Shmoop’s full course catalog includes Common Core-aligned courses in all subjects, including a full suite of Core ELA and Math courses for grades 9-12, along with special interest courses like Pop Culture Literacy and an entire course devoted to Bruce Springsteen.

Early next year, Shmoop plans to submit for a-g certification a variety of courses in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and History.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES) three years running. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.


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