CEA Diploma or GED?

A GED, or General Education Development exam, assesses high school academic skills. However, there are a number of important differences between a high school diploma and the GED. The GED may be considered as equivalent to a high school diploma in very limited cases, but a GED usually does not provide the same opportunities as a high school diploma.  Read below for a full explanation of the CEA Diploma or GED.

The GED originated after World War II to allow veterans to complete their high school education in order to attend college. To pass the GED, a person must earn a minimum score on each section of the test along with a minimum combined score on all sections of the test. Those who pass the GED receive a certificate. In comparison, in order to earn a CEA diploma, students must take and pass individual courses based on credits. Most high school diplomas nationwide require 20-24 credits to be taken over 3-4 high school years. A diploma is your ticket to higher wages and is a key credential for applying to jobs or college.

High school graduation requirements for the CEA diploma are set primarily by Florida, CEA’s home state, but also by the individual state where each student resides. These requirements include a minimum number of courses per subject , standardized testing, and attendance . A high school diploma requires coursework in the core academic topics of reading, writing, math, history, science, as well as core electives. The course work taken to earn a CEA diploma is designed to build well-rounded skill sets as well as meet state graduation requirements. In comparison, the GED covers all of these topics with just one test, and earning a GED requires only passing that test.

Some community colleges will accept a GED in lieu of a high school diploma, but not standardized entrance exams such as the SAT or ACT. Some colleges accept students with GEDs, but require them to take additional exams, or take additional courses at cost without receiving college credit. Most colleges and universities, including most four-year colleges, require 24 high school credits for admission, and do not accept a GED at all. In addition, students who earn a CEA diploma and have demonstrated passing grades will often be able to get financial aid that is unavailable to students who only have a GED. This is where a CEA diploma offers a BIG advantage over the GED.

A CEA diploma is also better than a GED for employment opportunities. Many employers require high school diplomas for their employees, and do not accept GEDs. A GED tells an employer that a person “quit” high school. Employers may view the GED negatively, revealing a lack of ability to complete a program.

Another major benefit of a CEA diploma versus a GED is in regards to military service. Each branch of the United States military accepts a regular high school diploma from traditional and online schools. The GED may be accepted by the Army or Marines, however, a GED is regarded as Tier 2 education, which greatly affects pay scale as well as military assignments. The armed forces limit the percentage of Tier 2 candidates accepted in any enlistment year. In addition, GED holders must score higher on the ASVAB to qualify.[1]

In conclusion, for students currently in high school, it is essential to see it through until graduation. Whether your goal is to enter the workforce, go to college, or enlist in the military, a regular diploma is accepted as proof of graduation from high school – without question. If you get anything less, you will be limiting some of your options for the future.

Other advantages of a CEA Diploma vs GED:

  • High school graduates earn, on average, about $1,600 a month more than those with a GED (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012).
  • Less than 5% of those with a GED receive a bachelor’s degree.
  • 77% of GED holders do not continue past the first semester of college (American Council of Education study).
  • Organizations and companies are no longer recognizing equivalency exams as a valid alternative to a high school education.
  • Research shows that people with GEDs are, in fact, no better off than dropouts when it comes to their chances of getting a good job.[2]

[1] http://www.communitycollegereview.com/blog/high-school-diploma-vs-ged

[2] http://www.npr.org/2012/02/18/147015513/in-todays-economy-how-far-can-a-ged-take-you

Dual Enrollment Program with Colorado Christian University

CCUSeal Earlier this year, CEA was approached by Colorado Christian University to submit some of our courses for consideration in their Dual Enrollment program. After a couple months of work—collecting all the relevant course materials, getting transcripts for our teachers, submitting it all for approval—we ended up with ten approved courses certified for Dual Enrollment credit. These are our courses, taught by our teachers, but available for college credit! We are incredibly excited about the new avenues this opens up for our school, and especially our students in this new 2015-16 school year and also the years to come.

What exactly are Dual Enrollment Courses?

Dual Enrollment courses are called “dual” because they count as both college and high school credit. This can be great for students for a few different reasons. First, students in essence are “killing two birds with one stone” in the sense that they are completing high school and college requirements at the same time. Second, when dual enrollment courses are taken through an accredited institution* those courses typically can be transferred to a student’s future college after they graduate high school. These courses often can count as “General Ed” courses; students who take them during their high school years can save quite a bit of time and money, since Dual Enrollment courses are more cost-effective than paying for a typical college course. Finally, Dual Enrollment courses are college-level; they require strong academic skills as well as a heavy dose of self-discipline. For students planning to head off to college, Dual Enrollment courses are a great way for students to “get their feet wet” and experience the rigor of a college-level course. However, these courses are still taught by our own CEA teachers who are very attentive to students’ needs as they transition to this level of work.

What is the difference between Dual Enrollment and AP?

At CEA, our Dual Enrollment courses take into account all of the work for the entire course. Often, for AP students to receive college credit for the course, they must complete all the coursework and pass a high-stakes test in early May. In Apex, we are using AP-level courses for our Dual Enrollment classes, because they are the most rigorous courses in our curriculum. However, students enrolled in the Dual Enrollment version of the course are not required to take the AP exam at the end in order to receive college credit. We prefer this, because it helps reward students who are phenomenal workers, but who might struggle with high-stakes, high-pressure exams. We feel that the grades for the whole semester—assessed with a blend of multiple choice and written assessments—are a much better representation of a student’s work in the classroom and their preparedness for college. Thankfully, for our Dual Enrollment courses, the AP exam is not required to receive credit for the course. However, we still do offer the AP courses for students who prefer that to the Dual Enrollment option.

Is Dual Enrollment right for my student?

If your student is academically strong and well disciplined, they are a good candidate for one of our Dual Enrollment courses. We look for students, primarily juniors and seniors, who have been successful in honors-level courses earlier in their high school career. Certain Dual Enrollment courses, especially in math and science, have prerequisite courses that must be completed before a student would be prepared to take the Dual Enrollment version of the course. Our history and English courses typically require a writing sample to ensure that the prospective student can handle the rigorous writing requirements. Students should also be ready for a challenge and interested in the subject matter. Finally, students who have an idea of the colleges they will be applying to should reach out to admissions counselors at those schools to check and confirm that our courses will transfer easily and meet relevant requirements.


In the end, we are incredibly excited for the new opportunities these courses will provide for our students. We know that many of our students are certainly capable of succeeding in these courses; we are hopeful that this will provide a way for them to be challenged in their thinking and their academic skills as well as saving them time and money in future college expenses. We are also hopeful that this will continue to draw new students into our school who are looking for Dual Enrollment opportunities.

Our Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Miss Gentile, is happy to help students with any additional questions or requests for information. She is the one who will guide students through the process of navigating the Dual Enrollment courses and making sure to register with CCU for college credit. She is also available to answer questions about course equivalencies that might be helpful to discuss with prospective colleges.

*Our partnership college is Colorado Christian University, which is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. A full list of their accreditations can be found here: http://www.ccu.edu/accreditations/

Our school is also accredited by Advanc-ED and SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools).

Online high schools prepare students for college

There are two primary aspects of college life students must be aware of before embarking on an advanced educational journey: The first being academic successful with college preparatory classes, the second is learning time management skills expected on a college level. At Christian Educators Academy, one of the top-rated online high schools today, graduates have given written testimonies to the success of our online school.  Online high schools prepare students for college in many ways.


  1. Academic Success:

Study Skills: Online high school classes instill excellent study skills to prepare students for college. As an online high school student, CEA encourages students to get in the habit of studying and taking notes on a regular basis. “Studying” can mean re-reading lessons presented, completing a study guide or taking good notes on materials presented. Online high schools prepare students for college by offering SAT type test questions on computer scored testing and diagnostic testing. Practicing test taking skills sharpens study skills, by teaching students what types of questions may be asked to prove mastery in a subject.


Research: online high schools prepare students for college by regularly requiring students to be able to compose well-written essays, as well as developing research papers that are properly documented. In order to write these types of paper, students must have experience with developing thesis statements, writing outlines, taking notes, citing resources, using correct grammar and walking through the revision process. Students must know how to take notes as they read for research. In order to prevent plagiarism, students should always reword any notes right away, so they are not tempted to use someone else’s words in their document. Students should also learn how to document all of their research using correct the format to cite any resources used.


Reading skills: Students who want to be prepared for college-level reading should be reading all the time. Online classes require students to be online a minimum of 3 hours a week in every subject. Each course presents a variety of reading materials, from novel excerpts, to textbook materials, and well-written documents. For college success, students must learn how to read for comprehension as well as retention. The reading load in college is much greater than the reading load in a traditional high school, but with online classes, students often read at a college level as early as 10th grade. Students who have not practiced reading large amounts quickly will have a difficult time managing the workload of college reading requirements.


  1. Time Management Skills

This is perhaps one of the greatest advantages of online high schools. At CEA, we teach students to choose their priorities One of the hardest management skill for college readiness is prioritization . With CEA’s online learning program, students are given study guides to help them consider questions that may be important for each activity and quiz on their schedule. With our Apex curriculum, students are given a weekly schedule, which we often find better than daily schedules. Knowing what needs to be done within the week, allows students to learn how to plan.


How do online high schools prepare students for college in the time management area?

Most online high school students say that learning how to find academic resources online before attending a college is valuable. These same students recognize the importance for their college careers of being able to plan and coordinate group tasks using calendars, scheduling and discussion applications. Students learn to develop a daily to-do list, follow weekly calendars and adhere to assignment deadlines. They learn to use their time wisely in completing assignments. Most importantly, students learn to set goals that are realistic, not ones that may set them up for failure.

Online Christian Homeschooling

Why choose online Christian homeschooling for middle school and high school students?  Primarily, because the public education system is going online.  Kids today are much more technically savvy then we were as children.  Show a 2 year old a cell phone, and they can dial, take a picture and post it for you!  Online homeschool benefits students today in our changing world.  Kids today have proven to excel with online classes, remembering far more than with text book courses and exams.  The online homeschool curriculum programs today are ever changing, and highly challenging!

If you homeschool your children, or have considered taking them out of a corrupt and poorly run public school system, consider Christianeducatorsacademy.com as your partner in online Christian homeschooling.   CEA takes the guesswork out of homeschooling for grades 4-12th.  Most online Christian homeschool programs are fully accredited, giving your child a college preparatory transcript accepted by colleges and universities nationwide.

By using Christian Educators Academy’s accredited online curriculum program, parents no longer have to worry about obtaining teaching credentials, grading assignments or even creating homeschooling curriculums.  Online homeschool programs today meet state and national standards, and have Christian teachers gifted in individual subject area, giving your child the greatest opportunity for success for high school and beyond.

Online Christian homeschooling now means students have full access to over 100 online courses, including college preparatory, honors and even Advanced Placement courses, taught by highly qualified professional teachers.  Homeschooling online allows students to homeschool year-round, taking up-to 6 courses at a time.  Online classes offer flexible, fully online curriculum that allows students to work from home at their own pace, parents can control how much involvement they would like to have in their child’s education.

Choosing to homeschool online with an accredited school guarantees your child’s transcript will be transferrable to colleges and universities when the time comes.  Today, colleges are become much more strict about the “homeschool'” transcript, and may require students to take unnecessary SAT II exams by subject.  While choosing to teach your child in the home environment, have confidence that all your efforts will yield good fruit, and a transcript worthy of the work put into it!

Homeschooling Online

Homeschooling Online

Accreditation is a growing concern for many homeschooling families.  Although federal and state law allows parents the right to homeschool (hslda.org/hs/default.asp ), many institutions will not accept non-accredited high school credits from private family homeschools.  Public high schools throughout the country will often only accept credit from private schools that are properly accredited.  Most four-year colleges and universities will also only accept diplomas from properly accredited high schools.  Having non-accredited high school courses or a non-accredited high school may severely limit your child’s educational opportunities once they leave homeschool.

A properly accredited, private online high school is a great solution around the accreditation problem.  A properly accredited school is one that is accredited by a widely recognized accreditation agency.  Widely recognized accreditation agencies include the six regional agencies recognized for college accreditation by the US Department of Education (SACS, NWAC, etc), and AdvancED.  The transcripts and diplomas of a private online high school that is properly accredited will be accepted by any college or university across the country.  And while each of the thousands of public school districts across the US still set their own acceptance policy for incoming credits, a transcript from a properly accredited private online high school can still be a major asset to overcoming these hurdles.

Online Homeschooling offers tremendous benefits for the homeschool family.  

Through an online homeschool program, students can enjoy the highest-quality, college-preparatory curriculum available.  They can have access to Honors, Advanced Placement and Dual-Enrollment courses.  Online high school programs can greatly improve your children’s learning experience, with well-developed and high quality academic materials.   One of the greatest advantages of an online school is “year round” access to school, allowing students to complete their courses anytime, anywhere, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  This provides tremendous flexibility for personal schedules. Your child will have 24 hour access to an online teaching program that is easy to use, inexpensive and convenient.  This flexibility allows students the freedom to pursue interests in music, drama, art, sports, business and many other interests.

Online homeschools take over the burdens of teaching difficult subjects such as Algebra, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.  They also take over all administrative and record-keeping burdens. All teaching is done using the latest high-quality digital curriculum.  All courses are taught by professional educators.  Your child will be assigned specific teachers for each subject. Online teachers offer one-on-one teaching or assistance as needed, and quickly respond to all questions. We also offer tutoring with the use of a white board demonstration and conference calling. As a parent, the fact that you no longer have to spend time with teaching or administration allows you to focus the time you have with your child on the areas that are most important – motivating, encouraging and guiding them.

Finally,  with an online private school, students and parents can develop their own customized graduation plans, specifically tailored to meet their academic and personal goals.  Students have access to a diverse set of electives that meet individual needs and interests.  These include music, art, drama, dance, business, healthcare, cosmetology, psychology and sociology, and many other interests.  With an online private school, students also have the ability to receive elective credit for their personal interests & passions.  Online homeschooling allows students to excel in their academic studies, while pursuing their interests, goals and dreams. With online homeschooling, the opportunities a child to excel in academics and career goals are limitless.


Homeschooling Online for High School

If you are considering homeschooling online your children through high school, accreditation should be a major concern for you. Most college and universities will only accept accredited diplomas, and if your child does not have an accredited diploma, it will severely limit their choices. Even many high schools, public and private, will now only accept credits from an accredited institution.

To eliminate the possibility that your child’s high school transcript will not be accepted, enroll them in an accredited online homeschool program. The online homeschool should not only be accredited, but be accredited by a recognized accreditation agency – one of the six agencies recognized by the US Department of Education – or one of their designates.

If you are homeschooling in high school, another concern is the curriculum that you use. It is not uncommon for college admissions directors to ask what curriculum was used for students coming out of a homeschool program. Much of the curriculum promoted to homeschoolers is frowned upon by colleges – particularly curriculum that is based on religious content or that is highly religious in nature. Colleges prefer curriculum that they deem as “college-preparatory”.

To eliminate questions about the curriculum you used, enroll in an online homeschool that uses college-preparatory curriculum, taught by professional teachers. This ensures that there will be no questions when it is time to enroll your students in college.

Other important ways that high school students prepare for college include preparing for the SAT or ACT tests, and taking a few college or dual-enrollment courses in their junior or senior year. Look for an online homeschool that includes SAT and ACT prep, and the ability to take Honors or Dual-Enrollment courses.

Christian Educators Academy (CEA) is a private school in Florida that provides an online homeschool in all 50 states that is properly accredited by SACS and AdvancED, uses college-preparatory curriculum and professional teachers, and offers SAT/ACT prep and Honors and Dual Enrollment courses. CEA’s program allows your child to continue to work at home, have access to their curriculum anytime, and meets the educational standards in all 50 states.

CEA offers two world-class curricula – Apex Learning and Gradpoint by Pearson – both are well-received by colleges and are considered to be college-preparatory. The curricula differ slightly in how they are presented, Apex being more “academic” and Gradpoint more “intuitive”. Having two curricula allows CEA to adapt to the individual learning styles of its students.

CEA’s program promotes academic excellence and is mastery-based; at the same time CEA’s educational philosophy is to develop the whole person so that they can fully utilize their talents and gifts. We also approach learning from a Christian viewpoint and perspective. We strive to maintain a relationship between academic excellence and the dynamics of Christian life, with the highest quality of educational materials, grounded in Christian values and beliefs.


Homeschooling Online – Transferable Credits for College

If you are considering homeschooling online, it is extremely important to check into the school’s credentials, and make sure that their credits are transferable. In order to be useful, the school’s credits must be accepted by colleges and universities, and also by other public and private high schools – so that your options remain open. Otherwise you will find that the time and money you spend on homeschooling online will provide little or no benefit.

Transferability of credits really is a matter of accreditation – the online homeschool must be accredited by a recognized accreditation agency. Transferability of credits and accreditation has become a major topic of concern for homeschoolers, since almost all colleges and public high schools, and even many private high schools, will only accept credits from an accredited high school.

If you have been homeschooling, and are concerned about accreditation and transferability of credits, an online homeschooling program from an accredited private school is a great option. This type of program allows your student to continue doing their schooling at home with the added assurance that the credits they earn are transferable, and will be accepted by colleges and public high schools. The key to this is the accreditation of the school offering the homeschooling online program. To be transferable, the accreditation must be from one of the six agencies recognized by the US Department of Education for college accreditation (for example, SACS), or their designees (for example Advanc-ED)

Another area of concern for homeschooling students applying to college is the curriculum. Many secular colleges have a skeptical view of curriculum that is purely based on Christian religious content. While colleges respect the rights of prospective students in matters of faith, they also hold all students to the same rigorous academic standards when it comes to core subjects such as English, math, history and science. For this reason, it is important to choose curriculum that is considered “college preparatory”. The curriculum can be presented within a Christian viewpoint. The net result is a program that is Christian-friendly, but not Christian-based.

The leap from high school to college is not easy, and there are other areas in preparing for college, which really should begin in the ninth grade. One of these is preparing for the SAT or ACT test, as well as enrolling in classes at a local junior college in the 11th and 12th grades. Both of these help make the transition from high school to college easier.

Christian Educators Academy (CEA) offers an online homeschooling program fully accredited by SACS / Advanc-ED, with a choice of two of the best college-preparatory curricula available – Apex Learning and Gradpoint by Pearson. Both curricula have won prestigious award and are highly regarded by colleges and universities. Each curriculum is optimized for a different learning style.   CEA has an Honors program for advanced students, which now includes Dual-Enrollment classes through Colorado Christian University. CEA students also have the option of earning Dual-Enrollment credits through their local community college. CEA also offers remedial classes for students who struggle academically. In addition, CEA offers over 90 high school electives. All classes are flexible – they can be started and ended at any time, and students can work whenever and wherever they want. Students have a full year (365 days) to complete Gradpoint classes, and a standard 9-10 months to complete Apex classes.

Online Homeschool – The Key to Success in College

A fully accredited online homeschool can be the key to success in college.  It is essential that the homeschool be accredited by a recognized agency, since most colleges will not admit students with non-accredited diplomas, or with diplomas accredited by non-recognized agencies.  Properly accredited online homeschools help students get into college, and they also better prepare them to excel in college in a number of very important ways.

Online homeschools prepare students to succeed in college by teaching them how to study and take notes.  As one of our graduates commented, “Everyone should learn how to study.  Learning how to study is more important that learning chemistry, history or any other subject.  If you know how to take good notes and how to study, learning is easy.  There is nothing you cannot learn when you know how to study.”

Another way that online homeschools prepare students for college is by teaching them how to develop schedules, pace themselves and stay on track.  Online schools teach students how to avoid academic overload and burn-out.  Learning how to manage their education and fit it into their schedule is one of the most important skills for any student.

The most important way that an online homeschool prepares students for college is by teaching them to take responsibility for their own education, to be self-directed and self-motivated.  Students who are able to take charge of their education are in the best position to get the most out of it.  Being able to take charge of your education is the most important thing anyone can learn.

Online homeschools prepare highschool students to succeed in college in a number of important ways.  As one of our graduates put it, “After completing CEA’s online high school, college was a piece of cake – I found I could do anything.”