What is an Online School?
Online school is one of the newest innovations in education, and a growing number of students are taking some or all of their courses on line. According to the US Department of Education, in 2013, there were 20.4 million college students in the U.S. 14% of them – or about 2.9 million students – are taking some, but not all, of their courses online. Another 13% of all college students – about 2.7 million – are taking all of their courses online. Over a quarter of all college students take some or all of their courses online.
At the high school level, there are currently 20 million public and private high school students in the US. According to a 2010 report, at least a quarter of all students in the US had taken at least one online course.
What are the Advantages of an Online School?
Online high schools offer numerous benefits. Online schools allow you to learn in the comfort and privacy of your own home. They allow you to work independently, and at your own pace. They provide tremendous flexibility, allowing you to schedule school and study time around your other activities. They allow you to work when and where you want – anywhere, anytime, all online. Online high school programs provide tremendous portability – complete your schooling anywhere you have a laptop or computer and an Internet connection. Students with strong personal interests, such as sports, performing arts or ministry find that online high school is perfect for their busy lifestyles. Online high schools are also extremely attractive for homeschool families with children approaching high school, who want to continue their education at home.
What makes CEA’s online school unique?
- CEA is fully accredited by AdvancED and SACS.
- Our transcripts and diplomas have been and are accepted by colleges across the US.
- CEA is a small school with a limited number of students
- We offer personalized service and we know all of our students individually.
- CEA uses world-class, college preparatory curriculum from Apex and Gradpoint.
- With a few exceptions, all of our curriculum is online. We do not use textbooks.
- We provide professional, qualified teachers for every course.
- We have a Christian worldview, but we welcome families from all faiths and backgrounds.
- We keep our costs and prices low, so that we can be affordable.
What kinds of students attend CEA?
- College-bound students
- International Students
- Hospital Homebound
- Students in Transition
How does CEA work?
- Each student has an individual username and password to log into their courses.
- There are no textbooks – all of our required courses are online (except our Bible courses)
- All of the online curriculum includes short audio/video recordings and interactive exercises and test problems which help students to really understand the material. All lessons have an audio feature which allows students to listen to the lesson instead of reading it.
- Every course has assignments that need to be graded by the teacher – these can be Unit Tests, Projects, or other kinds of assignments.
- Students contact their teacher when they have a question, fail a test or submit an assignment to be graded.
- Students contact their teacher by e-mail and teachers respond within 24-48 hours.
- Teachers provide additional assistance, instruction and direction as needed.
- Tutoring is available on a limited basis for students who are struggling in a particular area.
- Teachers and administrators monitor the progress of all students on a regular basis. If a student is falling seriously behind, teachers will contact the student and administrators will contact the parents to resolve the issue. The Apex curriculum also provides an automatic weekly status report to parents.
- Parents can contact administrators at any time if they have a question or a concern to discuss.
What do I need to attend CEA?
- You need to be in grades 6-12, and less than 20 years old.
- You need to have a computer, printer and access to the Internet.
- You need to be able to communicate in English.
- You can live anywhere.
- You need to be able to work independently and manage your own schedule, or have parents who will help you do so.
Does CEA adhere to Common Core Standards?
Common Core is a new nation-wide set of educational standards that has been adopted by most states. The Common Core standards define educational objectives only for English and Math courses in grades K-12. Common Core standards do not apply to courses other than English and Math, and stipulate only objectives – they do not specify educational methodologies or teaching techniques. There has been a great deal of debate and controversy around Common Core and a number of states have explicitly rejected Common Core. In addition, many curriculum providers and educators who align to common core are also adopting new educational methodologies and techniques.
CEA courses meet state requirements. CEA does not explicitly align its courses to Common Core Standards. In addition CEA uses traditional instruction methodologies, and orients its courses along conservative standards in terms of reading lists and content.
What are EOC Exams?
Many public schools have instituted or will institute End-of-Course Exams for certain courses, often to comply with state-mandated requirements. The purpose of these exams is to objectively evaluate a student’s mastery and skill level for a particular subject. CEA does not use, require or administrate EOC exams.
EOC Exams are most often used for students returning to a public school from a private school. The decision to use EOC exams is solely at the discretion of the public school district, or their authority. Public schools can require these exams even if the course the student took was at an accredited private school. Public schools can deny credit to students who fail these exams, and require them to re-take courses. Some public schools provide free EOC exams for students enrolled in a private school. Students contemplating a return to public school can take these exams.
How long does the enrollment process at CEA take?
The enrollment process at CEA can easily be completed in 2-3 days, but can even be completed in a single day. Once payment is received, classes can be set up the next day.
Can students enroll in CEA at any time?
Yes, students can enroll in CEA’s Gradpoint curriculum at any time. Enrollment in CEA’s Apex curriculum is limited to August/September and January.
How long does my student have to finish their classes?
Students enrolled in Gradpoint have 365 days to complete a year-long class, and 180 days to complete a semester class. Apex classes run from August/September to December/January for Fall Semester classes, and from January/February to May/June for Spring Semester classes.
Does CEA provide a diploma?
Yes, CEA provides a fully accredited high school diploma to students who graduate. In order to graduate, students must meet all the requirements of the Florida Department of Education and their local state, and must have taken at least 6 full-year classes while enrolled at CEA – in other words they must complete their Senior Year at CEA. CEA does not provide any kind of GED, and does not provide any programs intended to assist with taking a GED test.
Does CEA provide transcripts?
Yes. CEA provides an accredited transcript to any student who completes one or more courses at CEA. Prior to graduation, the transcript will show all courses taken at CEA. At graduation, the transcript shows all courses taken for high school credit, whether at CEA or elsewhere.
How do I know which courses to sign up for?
General course selection guidelines are on our Graduation Requirements page and recommendations are listed on our College Planning page. However, we often customize the course selections to the needs of each student. For assistance, call our Admissions Director at 1-800-886-0501.
Can I add or drop courses once enrolled?
Yes, CEA allows students to add or drop courses, with their parents permission. You simply have to let us know by phone or e-mail which courses you want to drop or add.
What are the System Requirements?
Students can use either a PC or a MAC. A desktop or laptop machine is recommended. Tablets, smart-phones and handheld devices are useful for checking status and e-mail, but cannot take the place of a PC or MAC.
- PC or MAC
- Printer with scanner
- Webcam (needed for Skypes)
- Internet Access
- Latest version of browser – Firefox, Safari and Chrome recommended
- GMail account for e-mail correspondence
- Adobe Acrobat FLASH
- Adobe Shockwave
- Adobe Reader
- Latest version of Java
- Windows Media Player or Apple equivalent for making audio recordings