Frequently Asked Questions About Enlightium

Is Enlightium Academy accredited?

Enlightium Academy is a private school accredited by AdvancED. This accreditation ensures that our students receive reciprocity of credits, courses, and grade-level placements with schools and universities around the world. Our accredited status validates the equivalency of diplomas and certificates to other accredited schools and universities, and indicates that our curriculum and teachers are meeting state and U.S. standards. Our accredited status means that our transcripts are recognized by colleges and universities worldwide.

Enlightium Academy is accredited, licensed and approved by the following organizations:

How does the content of the Ignitia curriculum compare to LIFEPAC?

Ignitia lesson content was originally drawn from the LIFEPAC curriculum. Ignitia developers have updated the content, rewritten sections, and enriched the material with interactive multimedia such as 3-D animation, video clips, and learning games. Made for today's generation, this flexible, computer-based curriculum offers multiple printing options, a helpful resource center, and an automated "text-to-speech" feature.

How much time do students have to finish the school year?

The school year consists of 180 days, which is about nine months from August 26th to June 4th. Students are required to finish all work assigned within given timeframe. Students enrolled in a one-semester course will have up to 90 days or four and a half months to complete the course. For an additional fee, we offer summer school to those students who need more time to complete the school year.

Can I use a satellite Internet connection if I live in a remote area?

We do not recommend using satellite Internet connections because of frequent reports of difficulty transmitting information to the main server. An ordinary dial-up connection usually works better than a satellite connection. However, if there is no better way, families may try using a satellite connection if they are willing to assume the risk.

Are students only admitted during certain times of the year?

No. We understand that not everyone operates on the same calendar; because of that, we offer rolling enrollment. Rolling enrollment means that you can start your school year at any day or month during the year as long as you fulfill all requirements either by the end of the second semster or summer session. The tuition will be calculated based on the amount of assigned credits.

I do not know if distance learning is for me. May I talk to someone?

Our educational specialists are available Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST. Please call 866-488-4818. We look forward to discussing your student's educational needs.

Are students enrolled at Enlightium Academy still in control of their own schedule?

One of the benefits of Enlightium Academy is the flexibility of the schedule. The parent/student has the freedom to change the student's schedule, provided they stay within the deadline for the course. Parents/students do not need to notify the Academy of a school day that has been missed. If the student will not be working for a week or more, we ask that you inform our Hotline Support staff.

Are there specific times in the day when students need to login?

No, students can log in at any time of the day. However, teacher support is only available during school hours of 9 AM - 7 PM EST.

Are students required to use any textbooks?

The curriculum is online based for grades 3-12; there is no requirement for any additional textbooks. However, the curriculum for preschool to 2nd grade is textbook based.

How do you work with students that have special needs?

Our program allows students to study on their own time and at their own pace, which helps to accommodate many special situations. In addition, our certified teachers are trained to work with students from a variety of backgrounds and with varying educational needs. However, we recognize that each individual is unique and may need a customized educational program. The placement exam will help us determine how we will customize their curriculum to fill any gaps they may have.

If you have a particular situation you are concerned with, your best course of action is to speak with our Academic Advisors at 866-488-4818.

Does my student have to be connected to the Internet while doing schoolwork?

The Ignitia curriculum is online based and requires internet connection at all times.

Will your program prepare students for college?

One of the main goals of designing the Ignitia curriculum was to equip students with the necessary knowledge and work habits for a challenging post-secondary academic environment. The amount of content required to be mastered daily and difficulty level of tests and quizzes were fine-tuned to match the expectations of most competitive four year institutions in the country.

Can students use other curriculum?

All students must use the Enlightium Academy Online curriculum—Ignitia. High school students may, for an additional fee, include outside courses. Outside courses must be pre-approved by a counselor and not be offered in Ignitia.

Do you know my state's distance learning requirements?

Certain states view enrollment in any form of distance education as "homeschooling." Other states recognize distance education institutions as accredited schools. It is the responsibility of the parent to be familiar with the education laws in their home state in order to know how enrollment in Enlightium Academy Online is interpreted by their state. You may contact your local school district for more information.

Does Enlightium Academy offer achievement testing?

Measures of Academic Progress in grades 3-8
Enlightium Academy offers enrolled students the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) test through the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). MAP is a nationally normed and accepted achievement test delivered to enrolled students through the home computer. During the first year of enrollment, achievement testing is done in April. Parents are notified about the test one month in advance by our office.

High School Measurement of Achievement: PSAT & SAT
Enlightium Academy high school students take PSAT in October for grades 10-11 and SAT for grades 11-12 in spring. It is parent's responsibility to help their student register for PSAT and SAT at least one month in advance at www.collegeboard.com.

What if a student is not able to grasp academic concepts and require additional help?

Enlightium Academy Teachers will answer academic questions for your student in the Ignitia program using the message system and the problem notepad. Between our well-written curriculum, the Enlightium teacher, and our Hotline Support educators, students will receive as much help as necessary.

How quickly can students work through curriculum?

While there is flexibility in doing schoolwork at home, Enlightium Academy requires approximately 180 school days of instruction for each school year. It is especially important to meet these requirements at the high school level in order to receive credit. Students can complete their courses over a shorter period of time by occasionally increasing hours of study, working on the weekends, or adding a summer session. Students usually spend about 45 minutes to an hour per subject per day.

How long will it take to get started after enrollment?

Normally it takes about a week to get started on the coursework. We will assign the placement exam within 1-3 business days and upon receiving the transcript, we'll be able to assign the required courses.

Does Enlightium offer AP or Honors Program?

Yes, Enlightium Academy offers honors program for grades 7-12 and AP courses for grades 11-12. Honors/AP courses demand the highest level of participation, effort and quality from students. This program requires additional emphasis on higher-level thinking and explores curriculum at greater depths and levels of complexity. The AP Program, allows students to participate in a college level course and possibly earn college credit while still in high school. Students who score 75% or higher on entrance testing will be considered for this program. Upon registration, students will be given an option to opt out of the Advanced Placement or Honors Program.

If a student is failing classes in his or her current school, how can Enlightium Academy help them?

Enlightium Academy offers Remedial Program that is designed to help students who are having problems with understanding the basics of core subjects. These classes act as a safety net for struggling students, allowing them to work at the level they are on, rather than letting them fail on the level they are expected to be. The main goal of the Remedial Program is to accelerate the student gradually to a Regular Program.

How can Enlightium Academy help a student average abilities excel?

For students who score 50% or higher on entrance tests, Enlightium Academy offers a Regular Program which is academically challenging and designed to develop all necessary skills for a competitive post-secondary environment.

How does Enlightium Academy help gifted students?

Our honors program allows us to challenge gifted students by placing them in a faster paced course. They will gain a broader level of knowledge in whichever subject they are enrolled in the honors program.

Are there any fees for obtaining a Diploma for graduating seniors?

There is a $50 fee for an Enlightium Academy Diploma and issuing the official transcript. It is a one time fee that should be paid by mid June.

Is the Bronze package available for students with English as a Second Language (ESL)?

Unfortunately, the Bronze package is not available for ESL students.

What is the maximum age a student can be to earn their high school diploma?

Most U.S. states will only allow students to work on their high school diploma until their 21st birthday. You will have to check with your state to see what the maximum age is in your area.