The Academy uses a communications system that allows the teaching of on-campus and off-campus students at the same time, bringing two very different groups together to provide online students with a virtual school experience.
A school year is divided into two 18-week semesters. Classes run Monday-Friday, excepting certain holidays and feast days. There is also a Christmas
and Easter break.
Students may enroll in either single courses or a full course of study.
The full school day consists of 5 hours of class time with a one-hour lunch break. Homework is also assigned.
The parents must:
Know and understand all applicable local and state laws and requirements regarding homeschooling.
Enroll in any mandatory state programs, if required in your state, to avoid truancy.
Supply any additional courses that may be required in your state.
Acknowledge that it is your responsibility to select the course of study needed to meet any applicable homeschool graduation requirements in your state.
File with your state any affidavits, yearly assessments, etc. which may be required.
EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR ONLINE STUDENTS
1. An Internet Connection
Broadband, wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE). A speed of 3 Mbps (up/down) is required for each student. For example, if there were 4 students in a family a speed of 12 Mbps (up/down) would be required.
Dual Core 2Ghz or Higher Processor (i3/i5/i7 or AMD equivalent) with 4Gb of RAM.
3. Webcam with HD Streaming
Some suggested models are:
6. iPad & Keyboard
An iPad & keyboard is required for all full-time students and all part-time language and math students. The school issues an iPad & keyboard as part of the book rental fee for full-time students. There is an additional charge of $375 for part-time language and math students.
6. Stylus or Apple Pencil
The Academy offers an equipment rent-to-own package (pictured above) which includes ALL NEEDED ITEMS AT A DISCOUNTED PRICE. The Student Package is highly recommended. Not only has the equipment been tested to meet requirements, but the computer is school-managed to restrict the student from browsing the internet, accessing computer games, etc. Working on a school-managed computer eliminates the need for parental monitoring and helps the student focus on his studies.