What is an “Abeka” anyway?
You probably already know that Abeka sells curriculum and textbooks for homeschool families, but you may not know our whole story. However, if you look at the sentence at the top of our current homepage, you’ll get a pretty good clue:
Excellence in education from a Christian perspective since 1972
Take those phrases in reverse order and you’ll find in them a brief outline of who Abeka is, how we began, and what we’re all about.
Abeka’s roots actually go back to 1954. That’s when Dr. Arlin Horton and his wife, Beka, started a Christian school in Pensacola, Florida. They soon discovered that textbooks and curriculum based on a Biblical educational philosophy were starting to disappear. So they began producing their own, with Beka being deeply involved in the writing process. Administrators and teachers from other Christian schools eventually saw how these materials could help their students and asked to purchase them. That’s when A Beka Book was born.
At first, the enterprise-focused solely on creating materials for Christian schools. That included pioneering a distance learning program to provide video lessons for schools who struggled to find qualified teachers. But with the rise of the homeschooling movement, A Beka Book was soon creating anything that families all over the world would need to teach their children at home.
In 2017, we altered our logo and changed the way we refer to ourselves to match what our customers have been calling us for years: Abeka.
“From a Christian perspective”
Abeka began as a burden of the heart, not a business. That is, the Hortons felt burdened to offer children an education that was based on Christian principles and the timeless truths of the Bible. That conviction not only provided the spark that created Abeka, it has continued to be the guiding principle in all we do.
Abeka writes, designs, produces, and sells all manner of educational products and resources to help both homeschool parents and Christian school staff teach the core academic subjects (Language Arts, Arithmetic/Mathematics, Science/Health, History/Geography) as well as music, art, foreign languages, and other electives. In fact, we offer more than 1,000 products designed for nursery through 12th grade, including textbooks, Curriculum Lesson Plans, workbooks, quiz and test books, readers, flash cards, concept cards, teacher editions, answer keys, charts, maps, and other learning visuals.
Some of these products, like our digital teaching aids and digital textbooks for high school subjects, are available in digital versions for use on laptops or tablets. In addition, the distance learning program we pioneered in the 1980s has become Abeka Academy video homeschooling, for parents who want an easier way to educate their children at home.
Finally—yet, first and foremost—is our commitment to excellence. Our company was born from the Hortons’ belief that A Beka Book was something God wanted them to start. Any endeavor thus taken should reflect God and His excellence. So we work hard to provide affordable, high quality teaching tools that work.
Toward that end, our homeschool program is built on a proven approach to teaching and learning. The philosophy in our program is traditional and parent-led, because it has withstood the test of time. Cross-subject integration is built into the design of the curriculum, meaning that what a child learns in one subject is reinforced in his or her other subjects. Persistent review of material learned in prior units of study solidifies retention.
But these aren’t the only reasons the Abeka approach works so well. All our materials are constantly being reviewed and updated. This intentional cycle of revision ensures that the curriculum and other resources remain relevant and effective.
This is Abeka in a nutshell. We exist to help families provide a great education for their kids, built on a Biblical foundation, because that’s what we’ve been doing for over 40 years.