What is EdOptions Academy?
EdOptions Academy is a fully accredited online high school that offers award-winning curriculum, certified teachers and accredited high school diplomas to schools and students who need flexible learning options. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive, flexible online learning environment for today's student. EdOptions Academy partners with schools and districts to deliver rigorous, research-based, and pedagogically sound curriculum. Trusted nationally by over 1,500 partner school districts, EdOptions Academy provides extensive and effective learning solutions to all types of learners. Our fully-accredited virtual school solution allows schools and districts to enhance, expand, and extend their program offerings.
What do EdOptions Academy courses look like?
EdOptions Academy incorporates an engaging, age-appropriate learning experience that emphasizes real-world applications. Students are actively engaged, and frequently interact with the content. Our active learning approach enables students to apply what they have learned and practice and check their understanding.
Is EdOptions Academy accredited?
Our online high school is accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NWAC), a division of AdvancED, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). These accreditations grant EdOptions Academy the unique ability to offer high school diplomas recognized by schools and colleges across the country and around the world. EdOptions Academy is also recognized as an accredited Virginia Private School by the Virginia Council for Private Education (Authorized by the Virginia Board of Education).
Does EdOptions Academy offer high school diplomas or high school credit recovery?
We offer both. Our students can earn a high school diploma or individual high school credits. As an accredited online high school, credits earned at EdOptions Academy are transferable to any other school. Credits earned at other equally accredited high schools are accepted by EdOptions Academy.
How long does it take for a student to finish an online course?
Students are given 18 weeks to complete a (semester-long) course. Our certified teachers and guidance counselors set benchmarks and help students stay on schedule. Diploma seeking students have four years from the time of enrollment to meet the pre-set requirements and complete their high school graduation program.
When does EdOptions Academy start?
EdOptions Academy operates year round, allowing students to register at any time.
How do I enroll students?
Students seeking to earn individual high school credits/credit recovery:
- EdOptions Academy requires two business days to process applications. Once your application is processed, you can begin working.
- After you submit your EdOptions Academy application, your official transcripts must be sent from your previous school(s). Copies of IEP's (Individual Education Plans) should also be sent, if applicable. EdOptions Academy will review your application and transcripts and develop your graduation plan. We will then contact you to discuss your graduation requirements and the cost. All diploma-seeking students must take the orientation course before beginning the rest of their coursework. Diploma-seeking students must take the Orientation course, which generally takes three days to complete, before enrolling in their other high school courses.
For assistance with the EdOptions Academy application for enrollment, contact the EdOptions Academy Registrar at (866) 890-8153.
Who teaches EdOptions Academy courses?
When students enroll in EdOptions Academy classes, they are assigned certified online teachers to assist with their coursework. Our online teachers help students understand class material and stay on track to achieve their academic goals. All EdOptions Academy teachers are certified in their area of specialization and have at least three years of classroom experience. Our teachers communicate regularly with students through the internal e-mail and use the secure web-based system to manage student grades, assignments and tests.
How can EdOptions Academy teachers be contacted?
EdOptions Academy teachers communicate regularly with students using built-in online communication tools. Students and parents can e-mail, Instant message, or use a VOIP connection to talk live with teachers through the program. Teachers also use the secure web-based system to manage student grades, assignments and assessments. Parents and students can also contact teachers over the phone by calling the EdOptions Academy office toll-free (866) 890-8153.
How soon will teachers respond to student questions?
Teachers are required to grade student work and respond to student inquiries within 24 hours; however, EdOptions Academy teachers often work directly with each student on a daily basis.
Are online high school courses best-suited for gifted and talented students?
Although we serve many gifted and talented students with a wide range of honors classes, students of all kinds including at-risk students, special needs students and those with limited English proficiency, have successfully met their academic goals with our online courses. EdOptions Academy's flexible, prescriptive learning options provide each student with a unique learning path to meet his individual needs.
Are online courses less challenging than traditional courses?
EdOptions Academy offers a comprehensive high school curriculum and diagnostic assessment correlated to rigorous state and national standards. Our curriculum employs a variety of learning activities to actively engage students and foster critical thinking. EdOptions Academy students progress through their courses under the supervision of certified instructors and are required to pass formative and summative skill assessments.
Aren’t virtual schools all about technology?
EdOptions Academy is about providing the highest quality curriculum and certified teacher instruction for the widest range of learners. The program is easy for all learners to use, regardless of how tech savvy they may be.
Are students allowed to access their courses at any time or from anywhere?
Yes. EdOptions Academy is online, allowing students to work on their assignments at times and locations most convenient for them. This type of flexible online learning environment keeps students engaged and accountable for their learning progress and achievement.
How can parents and teachers monitor their student’s progress?
EdOptions Academy students, district administration and parents/supervisors have twenty-four hour access to student grades and progress via a streamlined student information system.