Parent and Student Responsibilities
The Enlightium Academy (EA) team partners with parents in their child’s educational journey. EA faculty and staff require parents to maintain active involvement at home to support their child’s academic, spiritual, and social development.
Parents need to be aware of their student’s progress through the curriculum, monitor their study habits, and educate themselves on online learning and parenting offerings by EA, such as informative webinars, educational tools, and blogs about schooling alternatives. Importantly, parents should bring up any questions, complaints, or concerns to the EA team as they arise to resolve them quickly.
Parents should agree with this statement, “As a parent, I agree to support the school with my prayers and with a positive attitude. Complaints or negative comments will be shared ONLY with the teacher, principal, or the person involved and NOT with my child or other people, following the Matthew 18 principle.”
- Be actively involved by ensuring students have a conducive learning environment at home and are staying on track, and being aware of all communications sent from EA.
- Keep the EA Family Handbook in an easily accessible place on your home computer for your reference. The EA Family Handbook is designed to assist you in your journey with EA. We strongly encourage parents and students to read it and highlight information pertaining to your student’s grade level and program choice. The Family Handbook was linked in the email “EA: Your Next Steps with Enlightium Academy”.
- Be responsible to remain up to date with tuition payments to avoid account deactivation, withdrawal, and academic records retention. Late payment and reactivation/reinstatement fees may apply.
- Be responsible for a 10–30% withdrawal fee applied on the unfinished coursework (depending on the duration of enrollment) if withdrawing a student after the 14 day trial period from the day the student began coursework.
- Understand that Enlightium Academy reserves the right to deny or cancel enrollment when it is determined by EA that enrollment is not in the best interest of the student, per EA policy.
|Monitoring Student’s Academics
- This is a "work at your own pace" program; however, students should work on their assignments every week and so keep up with their weekly schedule. The due dates are set to act as guidelines so students will stay on track to finish their courses by the assigned due dates. Students will not be penalized for having a few assignments “overdue” during the week. However, when students’ progress is checked at the beginning of each week, the Progress Department will notify parents about students’ activity. Enlightium Academy is an accredited school so students who continuously complete less work than is assigned may be placed on probation, be required to utilize additional tracking software, or even be withdrawn from EA. If an absence is due to excusable reasons, families should request a pre-arranged absence using the Absence Form or submit the form after the absence with verification for absence due to illness or family emergency.
- Ensure students read/study lessons in their entirety, take notes, and spend minimum of 30–60 minutes per assignment for sufficient retention. Additionally, parents should verify that students review completed assignments to master the material and fill in or inquire about any gaps in learning.
- Review their student’s class assignment and schedule of assignments in the “courses” section of the curriculum platform to ensure they are in line with the students’ needs and counselor’s recommendations. This should be done in the beginning of the 1st and 2nd semesters.
- Be aware of and respond to their child’s emotional needs by providing a safe school space at home, supervision, and social development by organizing family events, attending the local church youth events, etc. If any concerns arise, reach out to EA counselors for guidance.
- Review the students’ orientation course to be aware of all available resources that EA offers to support the student learning.
- Be aware that the curriculum is Bible-based and faculty and staff will exemplify the EA Statement of Faith in interactions.
|Partnering with EA
- Work with EA counselors and request adjustments to the course schedule to ensure the student completes the school year on time. At EA, students are held accountable to keep up with the weekly schedule, unless excused absences are submitted and approved.
- Honor the requests for additional proctored examinations to validate creditworthiness as deemed appropriate by an EA administrator, counselor, or teacher.
- Regularly communicate with the student’s teachers via email or through the students’ Ignitia messaging system.
- Engage with EA educators and other parents on the Enlightium Academy Family Alliance Facebook group to ask questions and benefit from other online private homeschooling families.
- Escalate and communicate any deficiencies in service to administration when issues are not resolved.
|Utilizing Available Resources
- Request a parent portal account and review students’ progress on a weekly basis.
- Request detailed reports, as needed, about student activity and time spent to aid in supervision by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Leverage the available technology to assist in online learning. Tools such as ActivTrak and Hubstaff are free or inexpensive monitoring and website blocking applications, while software like F.lux and digital timers help to reduce eye strain and provide structure.
- Read the lessons in their entirety and watch the relevant videos within the assignment and the supplementary content within the EA digital LiveBinder.
- Spend a sufficient amount of time to read, take notes, and study lessons for mastery learning (typically 30–60 minutes per assignment), totaling 5–7 hours per school day for full-time students, similar to a traditional school.
- Review completed assignments to study incorrectly marked questions to learn the material or request partial credit from the teacher.
- Be prepared for quizzes and tests by reviewing notes prior taking a quiz or test.
- Be active in your education by regularly asking questions, reviewing teacher feedback, and asking follow-up questions as needed.
- Communicate any concerns about class assignment, scheduling, or teachers to parents so parents can assist in providing a resolution with the EA team.
- Engage with the various digital social engagement EA provides to develop necessary skills in an ever increasing digital world. Students can join the Enlightium Social platform to engage with other students nationwide, join bi-monthly Bible studies, and participate in competitions hosted by the student council for prizes.