Frequently Asked Questions About Enlightium

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


FAQ 1

Academics

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

Enlightium Academy (EA) 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 own 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, depending on the program chosen. 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?

EA's counselors, in collaboration with Special Education Director, review 504 plans, IEPs, and any other health-related documents. Upon careful consideration and collaboration with parents, the Director concludes whether or not EA will be able to meet the psychological, academic, and behavioral needs of the student. Courses, schedules, and requirements may be modified as needed based on the student’s needs. The Placement Tests will help us determine how we might customize the curriculum to fill any academic gaps. If you have a particular situation or are concerned with the suggested course of action, please call our Academic Advisors at 866-488-4818.

Are students required to use any textbooks?

The curriculum for PreK - 2nd grade is textbook-based. For grades 3-12, Christian textbook materials are built into the online curriculum. Students in grades 3-12 may also have required purchases, typically for science and English. Families should review each course’s description for a “Required Purchase” note, which will list any textbooks, science equipment, etc. needed for the course. High school students taking AP and Dual Enrollment courses have required textbooks, as noted on each AP and Dual Enrollment course overview.

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

The school year consists of 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 Collegeboard.org. High school counselors guide students in registering for the PSAT and SAT. For students in grades 3-11, Enlightium Academy provides the Stanford 10 Online Test in the spring. More information on the Stanford 10 can be found on the Standardized Testing page.

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?
EA offers an open enrollment, which means that students can start a school year at any time during the year as long as students fulfill requirements by the end of second semester or summer school. More time can be offered beyond summer school upon administrative approval.

When does the school year begin?
School year start dates can be found on EA’s calendar.

Can I homeschool in my state?
EA utilizes nationally accredited Christian curriculum that is approved in all 50 states. Some states do require additional 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 search online for your state’s private school requirements and/or speak with your local school district superintendent to review the current private school laws in your state. Enlightium Academy also offers a blog series on individual state requirements with a new state added every month! You may contact Mrs. Vogin at admissions@enlightiumacademy.com if you need any supporting documentation, such as the Verification of Enrollment.

I homeschooled my students. What should I do?
Collect any recent standardized results, test grades, sample essays, projects and major assignments that the student did within the past year. Please organize this documentation by subject (math, science, etc.). Your student’s EA counselor will also need to know the name of the curriculum that you used. You can then provide this information to the EA admissions team 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 academic consultants 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 option 1 to speak with an EA academic consultant. 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 and thus credits awarded by EA are accepted at any K-12 school, college or university nationwide, and recognized internationally. Enlightium Academy is accredited, licensed and approved by the following organizations:

  • Accredited by AdvancED
  • Approved by National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • Members of Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
  • Homeschool.com Seal of Approval
  • College Board for Advanced Placement (AP); CEEB (School) Code: 481292
  • National Honor Society/National Junior High Society
  • Merit Scholar Society
  • Enlightium Academy is using the Ignitia curriculum that is accredited by the North Central Association (NCA)
  • Virginia Council for Private Education

Does Enlightium offer Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment (Concurrent Credit) or Honors Program?
Yes, Enlightium Academy offers a honors program for grades 3-12, Dual Enrollment through Northwest Nazarene University for grades 11-12, and AP courses for grades 10-12. These types of courses demand the highest level of participation, peer collaboration, effort, and quality from students. Students may need to start the year early to take the AP test on time in May, drop a course sooner before it’s marked as a grade on a college transcript, take additional comprehensive and proctored tests, utilize third-party platforms, or purchase books. The AP/CC Program allows students to participate in a college-level course and possibly earn college credit while still in high school. Upon registration, qualified students will be given an option to enroll in Advanced Placement or Honors courses. EA counselor will work with parents to determine if the student would be able to manage and be successful in Honors or AP/CC courses.

How quickly can students work through curriculum?
While there is flexibility in doing schoolwork at home, Enlightium Academy requires 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 credits. 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 30 minutes to an hour per subject per day in order to finish their school work by the end of first and second semesters.

Can students use another 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. PreK - 2nd grade students utilize Horizons textbooks.


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 flexibility. Students have the freedom to work during hours that fit their schedule. However, morning hours are recommended based on the increase in brain function typical in the morning. Click here to view EA’s recommended daily planner. Keep in mind that students are required to keep up with their schedule on a weekly basis. If the student will be unable to work due to illness, vacation, or similar situations, please submit the absence form to notify the Progress Department. For more information on how Enlightium Academy provides flexibility to families while also maintaining accountability to academic standards, please read the Academic Progress and Accountability page.

Are there specific times in the day when students need to log in?
Students can log in at any time of the day. However, teacher support is only available during the school hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST (11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET) on Monday through Friday. No school dates are noted on EA’s calendar.

Does EA provide spiritual encouragement and Biblical guidance for my student?
EA provides various resources for the spiritual development of its students:

  • Theology in Action – a recourse offered in text, audio and video formats intended for students and families to engage truth and cultivate hearts and minds for Christianly action. These videos are published weekly on EA’s general Facebook and Family Alliance pages and tackle various topics of spiritual significance. More information can be found on the Theology in Action page.
  • Spiritual Life Connection Page – Students are encouraged to log into Enlightium Social where they can join the EA Spiritual Life Connection (SLC) page. The SLC page:
    • Keeps students updated on newly released Theology in Action videos
    • Provides an avenue for students to engage other students
    • Asks question about the Bible, God, Jesus, creation, etc
    • Offers sound Biblical answers from EA Chaplain Heath Robertson

FAQ 5

Graduation and Beyond

Will your program prepare students for college?
Ignitia curriculum equips 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?
EA is online school, so there is no age requirement for its students to receive high school diploma. However, most of EA’s students are 18 years of age and on the standard path to graduation. For adults who desire to complete high school and receive a diploma, EA offers the Adult Diploma Program. Students who are working towards GED can enroll in EA’s GED Preparatory courses that assists 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. The diploma fee is $100 for international students. 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 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. 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 (entrance) 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

How can I send Enlightium records?
We will accept report cards (3-8 grades), unofficial or official transcripts (9-12 grades) from parents and guardians. Please do not send records until after the application is submitted. You can send records:

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 Mrs. Kopeyka at n.kopeyka@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 being “driven to make a difference in hearts and minds” from Biblical 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!