Online homeschool has grown in popularity in recent years with parents as an alternative to traditional homeschool, and there are many online homeschool choices available today. Advantages of a good online homeschool are accreditation, world-class college-preparatory curriculum and professional teachers for students studying at home. Online homeschool prepares students for college, and is a great option for students planning to pursue higher education. Online home schools also offer flexibility in scheduling, the ability to tailor the instructional program to the needs of the student, and some latitude in dealing with special needs.
CEA’s Online Home School
CEA’s online home school is accredited by SACS (Southeaster Association of Colleges and Schools), an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and by AdvancED, one of the most well-recognized accreditation bodies in the world. CEA’s uses best-in-class college preparatory curriculum, and meets the standards in all 50 states. In addition, CEA offers Honors and Dual-Enrollment classes for advanced students.
Working with professional instructors, students using CEA’s online home school curriculum have a wealth of resources available to them. Unlike a traditional classroom, students in an online homeschool are able to take courses at their own pace, able to go a little faster where they excel, and ability to take a little more time where needed.
Regardless of one’s motivation for choosing online high school courses, the assortment of options available makes this an ideal solution for parents to consider. Flexible coursework, accredited courses, and high quality instruction from professional instructors make these education route an attractive alternative to other schooling. Furthermore, students who undergo such instruction will likely find themselves better prepared for the independent study requirements of collegiate courses.
Choice of Curriculum
CEA offers the top two online curriculum available – Apex Learning and Gradpoint by Pearson. Both curricula are highly acclaimed, have won prestigious awards and are college-preparatory in nature. Both vendors have staffs of professional curriculum writers and are constantly updating their offerings. Both are accepted by colleges and universities. The curricula target different learning styles and objectives. The Apex curriculum is more academically oriented, and offers Honors, AP and Dual Enrollment options in addition to the standard college-preparatory courses. Apex also offers Literacy Advantage level courses for struggling students. The Gradpoint curriculum is simpler and more intuitive, and offers a wide range of electives.
All online classes included text, graphics, videos, recordings and interactive activities. Students ask questions and submit lessons to be graded to their teachers. Contact is primarily via e-mail, but teachers can also set up teleconferences or Skype chats as needed. Teachers respond to all queries typically within 1 school day, Monday through Friday.
As a private school, CEA has the discretion to adapt its curriculum to the needs of individual students. This includes bringing in electives from outside sources, and the ability to make minor adjustments to courses to meet the needs of individuals, such as determining lists of required reading in English, and making minor substitutions. As a Christian school, we always allow students to answer questions based on their faith. As a private school, we have the discretion not to require End-of-Course (EOC) exams and not to administer state tests (FCAT, etc).
Students can access their courses any time of day or night. Gradpoint students have access to their courses for one full year; Apex students have access for 10 months from August – June, except for the Christmas 1-week shutdown.