Frequently Asked Questions About Enlightium

Academics
Admissions
Curriculum
Daily Work
Graduation and Beyond
Technology
I just submitted my application. What are the the next steps?


FAQ 1

Academics

If a student is failing classes in his or her current school, how can Enlightium Academy help them?
Enlightium Academy offers a remedial program that is designed to help students who have difficulty understanding the basics of core subjects. This program acts as a safety net for struggling students, allowing them to work at their level. The main goal of the remedial program is to raise the student systematically to the target program level.

What if a student is not able to grasp academic concepts and requires additional help?
Enlightium Academy teachers will answer academic questions to your student via messages within the Ignitia platform, over the phone or through online screen-sharing sessions. Between our well-written curriculum and qualified Enlightium educators, students will receive as much help as necessary to master the material and move forward in their education.

How do you work with students who 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 highly qualified 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 to receive customization to their educational plan. The placement exams will help us determine how we might customize the curriculum to fill any academic gaps a student 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.

Are students required to use any textbooks?
The curriculum is online based for grades 3-12 and standard textbooks are built into the curriculum; there is no requirement for any additional textbooks. Students do have the option to purchase Lifepac books, which are books containing the same curriculum as can be accessed online. AP courses have required textbooks purchases, as noted on each AP course overview.

The curriculum for preschool to 2nd grade is textbook-based.

How much time do students have to finish the school year?
The school year consists of around 180 days, which is about nine months. Students are required to finish all work assigned within a given timeframe. Students enrolled in a one-semester course will have up to 90 school days, which is about 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.

Does Enlightium Academy offer achievement testing?
Enlightium Academy high school students take the PSAT in October for grades 10-11 and the SAT during the spring for grades 11-12. It is the parent's responsibility to help their student register for PSAT and SAT at least one month in advance at www.collegeboard.com. High school students’ counselors guide them in preparing and registering for the PSAT and SAT. More information on the Stanford 10 Online Test can be found here.

Is the Bronze package available for students with English as a Second Language (ESL)?
Unfortunately, the Bronze package is not available for ESL students.


FAQ 2

Admissions

Are students only admitted during certain times of the year?
We understand that not everyone operates on the same calendar. Because of that, we offer open enrollment. Open enrollment means that you can start your school year on any day during the year as long as you fulfill all requirements either by the end of the second semester or summer session; more time can be offered beyond summer school upon administrative approval.

When does the school year begin?
The 16-17 school year runs from August 22, 2016 to June 2, 2017.

Summer school is from June 8, 2017 to July 21st, 2017 (extension students) or to August 4th, 2017 (summer school only students).

The 17-18 school year runs from August 21, 2017 to May 31, 2018.

Can I homeschool in my state?
The curriculum Enlightium Academy uses is nationally accredited and can be used by students in all 50 states. Some states do require certain notifications, verification and/or updates such as a letter of intent to homeschool, verification enrollment, and/or records of the student's progress throughout the year, with which we are more than happy to assist!

Please visit hslda.org and search for your state to review the current homeschooling laws in your state and then email admissions@enlightiumacademy.com if you need any supporting documentation for enrollment. If you have any questions about the homeschooling laws, first check with your local school district or state board of education. If any concerns arise, please contact the school manager for further assistance at alex@enlightiumacademy.com.

Please note: a few states require enrollment in a local umbrella church school that would be responsible for providing the state with any necessary records about the student’s attendance, which Enlightium can help gather.

I homeschooled my students? What should I do?
Collect all recent standardized tests, test grades, essays, projects and assignment that the student did in the past year. Please organize this documentation by subject. You can then provide this information to EA during the enrollment process. Your student’s counselor may reach out to you if they he or she has any questions.

I do not know if distance learning is for me. May I talk to someone?
Our educational specialists are available Monday through Friday 5:00 am to 4:00 pm PT (8:00 am to 7:00 pm ET). Please call 866-488-4818 to speak with an Academic Advisor. We look forward to discussing your student's educational needs.


FAQ 3

Curriculum

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:

  • AdvancED: Northwest Accreditation Commission Division National Accreditation
  • AOP's Ignitia curriculum is fully accredited by the North Central Association (NCA).
  • Homeschool.com Seal of Approval

Does Enlightium offer AP or Honors Program?
Yes, Enlightium Academy offers a honors program for grades 3-12 and AP courses for grades 10-12. Honors and 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. Upon registration, students will be given an option to enroll in Advanced Placement or Honors courses; each student’s counselor will work with the family to determine if the student should take regular, Honors or AP courses.

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 in order to finish their school work by the end of the school year.

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 3D animation, video clips, and learning games. Made for today's generation, this flexible, computer-based curriculum offers printing options, a helpful resource center, an automated "text-to-speech" feature and text translation into over 20 languages.

Can students use other curriculum?
Full-time 3rd - 12th grade students 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 cannot be offered in Ignitia.

Pre-K - 2nd grade students utilize Horizons books.


FAQ 4

Daily Work

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. Students have the freedom to work during whatever hours fit their schedule, provided they stay within the deadline for the course and keep up with the schedule on a weekly basis. If the student will not be working or has been unable to work previously due to illness, going on vacation, or other similar situations, please submit the absence form on our website to notify the Progress Department.

For more information on how Enlightium Academy provides flexibility to families while also maintaining accountability to academic standards, please follow this link.

Are there specific times in the day when students need to login?
Students can log in at any time of the day. However, teacher support is only available during school hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PT (11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET).


FAQ 5

Graduation and Beyond

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 the difficulty level of tests and quizzes were fine-tuned to match the expectations of most competitive four-year institutions in the country.

What is the maximum age a student can be to earn their high school diploma?
As EA is an online school, there is no age requirement for its students to receive their high school diploma. Most of EA’s students are 18 years of age and under and are on the standard path to graduation. For adults who are wanting to complete high school and receive their diploma, EA offers the Adult Diploma Program. Students who are working towards a GED can enroll in EA’s GED Preparatory courses to assist in studying for a GED. EA also provide a Curriculum Only Program, which allows students of all ages unlimited access to the Ignitia curriculum without working towards a diploma.

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. Families typically prepay the diploma fee or spread it out in monthly payments.


FAQ 6

Technology

Does my student have to be connected to the internet while doing schoolwork?
For students in grades 3-12, the students will need a reliable internet connection to access the Ignitia curriculum. These students also have the option to print out curriculum or purchase physical books with the same information, although they will still need an internet connection to submit work.

Can I use a satellite internet connection if I live in a remote area?
We do not recommend using satellite internet connections because of occasional reports of difficulty transmitting information to the main server. An ordinary dial-up connection usually works better than a satellite connection. However, if there are no other options, families may try using a satellite connection if they are willing to assume the risk.


FAQ 7

I just submitted my application. What are the the next steps?

How long will it take to get started after enrollment?
Please note that for all new students, courses cannot be assigned until all student records have been received, both placement tests completed and in some cases, additional documentation received.

New Students, 3rd-8th grade: classes will be assigned within 2-4 business days once records are received and placement tests are complete.

New Students, 9th-12th grade: schedules will be emailed to parents or guardians within 3-5 business days once records are received and placement tests are complete. Once schedules are confirmed, classes will be assigned within 1-2 business days.

Returning Students, 3rd-8th grade: classes will be assigned within 2-4 business days once the application is processed.

Returning Students, 9th-12th grade: schedules will be emailed to parents or guardians within 3-5 business days. Once the schedule is confirmed, classes will be assigned within 1-2 business days.

Please note that there are several factors that may lengthen the enrollment process. Enlightium Academy receives a high volume of applications during July, August, January and February. Please enroll your student early to avoid delays. Families can also send us transcripts and complete the placement tests shortly after receiving them to speed up the enrollment process. Please also check your email regularly for emails from our counselors concerning your student’s schedule.

Can I start courses while I’m waiting for the counselor to reach out to me?
Absolutely! If you’re a new student in grades 3 - 12, you’ll have access to the Orientation course. New students in grades 3 - 8 will be able to start their Bible course at the same time.

I just submitted the application. What’s the next step for enrollment?
Please send us the Records Release Form using the methods listed below. Within one business day, we’ll send you the placement tests for your student to complete. Please finish the placement tests within one week of receiving them. Next, our counselors will review the placement tests, the records from the previous school and any other relevant information. This process usually takes 3-5 business days, unless there are circumstances outside of our control. The counselor will then reach out to you with questions and/or recommendations for the student’s schedule or to tell you that your classes are ready to begin.

Digitally:

  • Send an email to admissions@enlightiumacademy.com with the subject line “RRF esign” and we’ll send you a digital copy that you can sign on your phone or computer

Print, sign and send

  • Take a large picture of the documents on your smartphone and text to Mrs. Vogin at admissions@enlightiumacademy.com.
  • Scan and email to Mrs. Vogin at admissions@enlightiumacademy.com.
  • Fax to Mrs. Ferguson at 888-317-6571.

How can I send Enlightium records?
We will accept report cards, unofficial or official transcripts from parents and guardians. Please do not send records until after the applications is submitted. You can send records:

  • By text: Take a large picture of the documents on your smartphone and text to Mrs. Vogin at admissions@enlightiumacademy.com.
  • By email: Scan and email to Mrs. Vogin at admissions@enlightiumacademy.com.
  • By fax: Send to Mrs. Ferguson at 888-317-6571.

My school district requires documentation that my student is enrolled with EA. What should I do?
Once your student is enrolled, we can email you a Verification of Enrollment (VOE) for you to provide to your school. Please email Mr. Ebat at c.ebat@enlightiumacademy.com with the subject line “VOE”.

Who do I contact if my student will not be able to complete school work due to travel, illness, or another reason?
Please submit an absence form to report any past or future absences. If the student will be absent for an extended period of time or is frequently absent, make sure to upload supporting documentation when submitting the absence form. Keep in mind that once the student is able to continue working, he/she will be responsible for catching up on any missed assignments. If the student will be unable to catch up due to the length of the absence, please note this on the absence form to request the counselor’s approval to reschedule overdue assignments. These requests are evaluated by the student’s counselor on a case-by-case basis.

Why have I not received any emails from Enlightium?
Please look for “EA:” in the subject line of the emails you receive. For example, you may receive emails from our staff titled “EA: Class Assignment Notification” or “EA: Parent Portal Log In”. If you see an email with “EA” in the subject line, please read the email in a timely manner and respond if necessary. If you do not see emails from us and believe that you should be receiving some, please check the spam folder and make sure to whitelist enlightiumacademy.com to receive all emails. You can also give us a call at 866-488-4818, or reach out to the relevant department outlined on our contact page if you are wondering why you have not had recent communication.

How can my students stay spiritually connected?
EA offers a variety of avenues for the spiritual development and enrichment of our student body. From our Bible course curriculum to weekly devotionals to bi-weekly video-sermons to monthly Bible Studies, EA seeks to provide various resources and opportunities for each student to personally grow and mature in spiritual wellness. Additionally, EA provides an easy means for families and students to keep up on the aforementioned content via Enlightium Social, where students can create a personal account and follow the EA Spiritual Life Connection (SLC). The SLC keeps students up-to-date on the integrated content of our devotionals, video-sermons and monthly Bible Studies. EA fundamentally and most affectionately cares about “preparing minds for leadership and hearts for service” from a Christian worldview. For direct access to our Theology in Action video series, as well as information on our monthly Bible Studies, just click and save these links!