How Sonlight Cares

Sonlight was born out of a desire to help God's international ambassadors – missionaries – stay on the field one more year. Certain values have permeated every part of the business from when we first started in a corner of a house and a tiny garage down the street, to where we are today, almost 30 years later, with a large office-warehouse and a full-time staff. Certain things to us are non-negotiables when we think about you, our staff, and the bigger world in which we live.

Here is a glimpse of what you are supporting when you choose to buy from this family-owned company.

Extra Perks You Enjoy with Sonlight

 

Any Purchase

$499+ including Instructor's Guide

History / Bible / Literature Package

All‑Subjects Package

Heirloom Customers3

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SonlightCares (a $249 value)

Competitive Prices

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Instructor's Guide Repurchase Discount

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Access to Sonlight Advisors

Limited

Limited

Unlimited for One Year

Unlimited for One Year

Unlimited for Life

One-Year Love to Learn, Love to Teach™ Guarantee

6-Month Policy

6-Month Policy

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Yes

With Purchase

Free Shipping1

Per Standard Shipping Policies

Initial Purchase

All Purchases for One Year

All Purchases for One Year

All Purchases for Life

Package Discount

 

 

10%

20%

With Purchase

10% Discount2

 

Initial Purchase

All Purchases for One Year

All Purchases for One Year

All Purchases for Life

Sonlight Forums Access

Limited

Limited

Unlimited for One Year

Unlimited for One Year

Unlimited for Life

College Scholarships

 

 

Building Eligibility

Building Eligibility

Eligible to Compete

Qualify for Payment Plans

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

With Purchase

1. Free Shipping offer is available to the lower 48 United States only. Purchase of History / Bible / Literature and/or All-Subjects Packages qualifies you for free trackable shipping. All orders over $150 receive free trackable shipping. Orders whose contents are over $25, shipped to any of the 50 United States or APO/FPO address, and qualify for Media Mail, are also eligible for free shipping. Further details at sonlight.com/shipping.
2. Due to restrictions from some publishers, we are not allowed to discount Rosetta Stone, Teaching Textbooks, Singapore Math, Math-U-See, Spelling You See, All About Spelling, A Child's History of the World, and a few other products. History / Bible / Literature and All-Subjects Packages are pre-discounted. No additional discounts apply.
3. Upon purchase of five Sonlight History / Bible / Literature and/or All-Subjects Packages from Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd., customer qualifies as an Heirloom Customer. Besides History / Bible / Literature and All-Subjects Packages, qualifying package purchases include previous purchases of Basic, Core, CorePlus, CoreUltra, Newcomer, Multi-Subject, and Full-Grade packages.

How we care for you

When you buy from Sonlight you get a great product that produces proven results. From the beginning, we determined to supply our customers "the best of the best" on the market. That's our base.

  • Enjoy a One-Year Love to Learn, Love to Teach™ Guarantee. It's intimidating to start a new journey. We want to remove at least one fear by giving you time to truly jump in and try it, figure out what works for your family, and adjust if you need to.
  • Have access to experienced homeschool moms – we call them Advisors – who are passionate to help you choose exactly what's best for your family. Our Advisors are moms who have used or are still using Sonlight. They understand your needs and what you're going through.
  • Get to join a vibrant online community. Our forums offer support and community 24/7, 365 days a year: whenever you need it. This is just another way we want to make sure that when you have questions, are looking for reassurance, or are wondering what others are doing, you have a place to go. The forums are safe spaces for you to dig in deeper with others who are walking a similar road.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in a dollar-for-dollar missions educational fundraiser. Mission outreach is one of our top priorities. It is built into every part of who we are, and we wouldn't have it any other way. And so we love partnering with the agencies we support to create these special events. They enable Sonlight students not only to learn about how the Gospel makes a difference around the world, but to help make a strategic difference to "the least, the last, the lost."
  • Receive a 50%-off Instructor's Guide Repurchase Discount. Purchase any IG directly from Sonlight, and you qualify for a future new one at 50% of the thencurrent price. We want homeschooling to be something you are able to do every year you desire, and we want to make it possible for you to receive our most recent version with as little pain as possible. We work hard to make sure that each year you have the best books, resources, and design.

Sonlight has never wavered from its commitment to empower families to enjoy the best possible educational experience. We have formed our policies and products around this desire to care for you.

How we care for our employees

When you purchase from Sonlight, you enable us to...

  • Pay every employee a highly competitive wage. We absolutely believe that "the worker is worthy of his hire" (Luke 10:7). And so we have made it policy from the beginning to pay more than what the majority of people consider "fair."
  • Provide a full range of benefits. We know that a company is only as great as the people it employs, and we love the people we work with. We want to make sure they are cared for with any medical need that might arise, so we offer high quality, companypaid medical insurance, long-term disability insurance, profit sharing, 401(k), and more.
  • Provide a safe, comfortable, pleasant work environment. Because we respect people's bodies, we don't want the work they do to destroy our employee's health or well-being. So we have made it a priority always to make sure that whether they work in the office or the warehouse, they will be as safe and comfortable as possible. What does that mean? Among other things: ensuring warehouse employees have whatever safety equipment or training they need; providing stress-relief matting throughout the warehouse; offering standing desks to anyone who wants one; and more.

From the very beginning we committed ourselves to treat employees with the utmost respect and care, and, we're grateful to say, we've worked with some employees for over 20 years. We count that stability and those relationships great blessings.

How we care for our world

Your purchase from Sonlight supports...

  • Planting churches among the unreached. Every year since its inception, Sonlight has given a portion of its profits to planting churches among unreached THUMB groups. THUMB: Tribals, Hindus, Unreached Chinese, Muslims and Buddhists – the five major groups around the world with the lowest percentage of Christians among them. We love to be able to support God's work among the peoples of the earth.
  • Paying vendors "on time at the latest." This has been our commitment from the beginning. Our vendors – some of them homeschooling families themselves – rely on us to pay them fully and on time. And we do. Always. That is our promise and our practice.
  • The best environmental practices. Because we believe God created the earth and has charged us to care for it, Sonlight has always worked to be as environmentally responsible as we can. That's why we built our building with a concern for energy efficiency; why we invested in a solar power system to help offset our energy needs; why we pay to recycle all the cardboard, metal, and paper we can. And more.

We take seriously our responsibility to live out godly values in today's business environment. We believe that we will be held to account one day, and, therefore, we seek to care for our customers, our employees, our vendors, and the environment to the best of our ability and to use all of our resources wisely – to God's glory and everyone's benefit.

We do these things because that's how we believe a business should be run.