Who We Serve

International Students

Prepare for a College Education in the U.S.

If your international student would like to learn about American culture, practice the English language, and get ready for college in the United States (i.e., including assistance in applying for colleges and universities), Enlightium Academy (Enlightium) is a great choice! Enlightium’s International Students Program assists a diverse set of students including international students living abroad, missionary kids, and military families. The flexibility of Enlightium’s program provides curriculum access 24/7 which makes it ideal for students from all around the world.

Visa and Certification Status

Note: Enlightium Academy is not an I-20 approved school as that certification requires a brick and mortar presence for F-1 foreign student attendance.

Students residing abroad in grades 3-12 who wish to study courses in English online have a great opportunity to study them through Enlightium.

Enlightium Academy is an approved private Christian school serving homeschool, online, and co-op students in grades 3-12. Enlightium is accredited by Cognia and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Enlightium is also affiliated with College Board for Advanced Placement (AP) courses and SAT college entrance testings which increase chances of college acceptance. Notably, we have a long track record in preparing international students for a better chance to obtain an F-1 or M-1 visa, which is required for college attendance in the U.S.

International

Students residing in a home
country other than the U.S.

Missionaries

U.S. citizens serving
God while living abroad

Military

U.S. citizens globally defending
the security of the nation

English Language Learner (ELL) Program

Students who do not speak English as their primary language can receive support in learning English through modified courses, targeted English language practice and lessons, and instruction by an ELL-certified instructor.

Requirements

Technology Requirements

Enlightium courses are primarily online so students will need a reliable computer.

Internet Requirement

Make sure you have adequate internet service to prepare your international student for success.

Frequently Asked Questions


International Student Schooling

Does Enlightium accept displaced international F-1 or M-1 students or students who have had to move back to their home country due to COVID-19?

Absolutely! Students can start a new school year with Enlightium or pick up from where they left off. Students can work from anywhere in the world with internet access to pursue an accredited diploma from Enlightium.

What if the school year in my country doesn’t align with Enlightium’s standard school year?

Enlightium offers a non-traditional rolling school year for international students where each student receives up to a full school-year ending at one of the standard quarters. Standard extensions can still be requested.

What is the best source of information about attending a U.S. online private school for international students?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is the best source of information about attending a US online private school for K-12 international students.

Do international students living in the U.S. need an F-1 visa to attend Enlightium Academy?

International students do not need an F-1 visa to attend our school. Enlightium Academy is not an I-20 school and, at the present time, cannot assist students with the F-1 visa application process.

What grade levels does Enlightium Academy offer for international students?

Enlightium Academy offers grades 3-12 for international students.

What hours are teachers available to international students?

Enlightium teachers are available Monday through Friday from 7 am to 4 pm Pacific Time.

What online schooling options do you provide for international students?

International students living outside of the U.S. time zones must select the Silver Tuition Package, which offers teacher support via messaging within 24 hours. International students living within a U.S. time zone are eligible to select any tuition package. The Bronze Tuition Package is not available for international students if English is not their primary household language.

Are there any English proficiency requirements in order to attend Enlightium Academy?

International students are accepted if they are coming to Enlightium from an English-speaking school with a course load and rigor comparable to U.S. standards. Text translation tools are available within the curriculum platform. Correspondence between the school and parents will be sent via email and will be in English.

What countries do you accept students from?

Enlightium Academy accepts international students from countries all over the world. There are no restrictions and our platform is available online from any location with acceptable access to the internet.

Will I be able to access a Christian curriculum in my country?

Some countries may ban Christian websites, which may limit your ability to access our curriculum. You may test the accessibility of the curriculum in your country by doing a demonstration of the curriculum. Access the Curriculum Demo page and follow the directions to log in. If your student can successfully log into a demo account and navigate the curriculum, then they should be able to access their courses upon enrollment.

What resources are provided for students that do not speak English?

Text translation tools are available in the curriculum platform. Correspondence between the school and parents will be sent via email and will be in English. We also have an English Language Learners (ELL) Program for students whose first language is not English.

Do my student’s transcripts need to be in English for Enlightium to accept them?

If your transcript is not in English, it will require at least two weeks for our team to translate and then convert it to the U.S. academic system. We are able to translate incoming transcripts from Spanish, French, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, or Portuguese. If the incoming transcript is not in one of those languages, your family will need to provide a transcript already translated into English so that our team can convert the credits to the U.S. system. The cost of translating and converting transcripts is built into the international student enrollment fee.

Online Schooling

How will attending Enlightium Academy be the same or different from a traditional school?

Students work at their own pace through our online curriculum but are accountable for keeping up with the weekly schedule in general. They do not have to show up in a classroom and will have access to their teachers via messaging for direct support within 24 hours during office hours.

What does a typical day look like for an Enlightium Academy student?

Enlightium students typically work anywhere from 3–5 hours per day. They work independently inside the Ignitia platform to complete their online lessons, quizzes, and tests. The Ignitia platform is available for students to work remotely anytime from anywhere, providing flexibility for each student. Students will be assigned projects to complete outside of the online platform.

How do Enlightium Academy’s students interact with teachers?

Students primarily interact with teachers via Ignitia, our online platform. Teachers also provide supplementary learning material to support independent learning.

Are Enlightium Academy’s teachers certified?

Enlightium Academy’s teachers are required to be ACSI certified.

How much responsibility will I need to assume as a parent if my child enrolls at Enlightium?

For the most part, Enlightium’s teachers and the Ignitia platform do most of the heavy lifting, but parents may need to help students from time to time. Parents are responsible for holding their student accountable for meeting course progress requirements.

Enrollment

What does it cost to attend Enlightium Academy?

There is a $400 international student enrollment fee plus tuition. The Silver Tuition Package ranges from $1,500 to $2,100 per year based on your student’s grade level. We offer a discount if you pay all the tuition upon enrollment. We also provide flexible monthly payment options to meet the needs of your family as well as military, missionary, and other discounts. Seniors will also need to pay a $200 graduation fee to cover diploma and graduation costs.

Do I need to withdraw my child from their current school in order to attend Enlightium Academy?

Your student will need to go through our standard admissions process, which includes withdrawing from their prior school and requesting records. The Enlightium Academy Admissions Department will request records from your prior school, which includes a notice of your family’s intent to enroll at Enlightium.

Do we need to request transcripts from our current school?

The Enlightium Academy Admissions Department will request records from your previous school. However, it may take several weeks for your prior school to complete this process. Please provide records during or after submitting the enrollment form to expedite the admissions process.

Will my student need to do placement testing before starting classes?

Your student will be required to take placement tests to assess where they are in coursework. Your student’s Enlightium counselor will review placement tests alongside all records provided to assign the appropriate coursework in order to position them for success.

Do I need to show proof of vaccinations to enroll my child at Enlightium Academy?

As an online homeschool, Enlightium does not require proof of vaccinations.

When can I enroll my child?

The traditional start of the school year takes place during the middle of August; however, Enlightium Academy accepts enrollments year-round. Your student can begin at any time of the year and start classes from where they left off at their prior school as indicated by the records received and placement test scores.

How soon can my child get started with Enlightium Academy?

You can start right away! All you need to do is pay the enrollment fee and complete our Enrollment Form to get the admissions process started. Our admissions staff will then assign your student placement tests and request records from your prior school. Your Enlightium Academy counselor will review the records and placement test scores, and then assign courses.
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