Admissions

Evaluations & Testing

The evaluations and testing process allows the Admissions Team to accurately place and support students throughout their academic journey.

For the purpose of determining a proper academic program at Enlightium Academy (Enlightium), the student’s counselor will review: the previous school report card for students in grades 3-8 and transcript for students in grades 9-12, as well as the Enlightium entrance tests in English and Math. Based on the summary of the records received and entrance test scores, your student’s Enlightium counselor, and in collaboration with parents, the student may be placed in Regular, Honors, Concurrent Credit (CC), Advanced Placement (AP), or Bridge programs.

Methods for providing necessary records to Enlightium Academy:

The Enlightium admissions team obtains records from the previous school by sending the Record Release Form to the student’s previous school. Parents can expedite this process by completing the form while working on completing the application process and submitting it to Enlightium’s office by one of the following methods:

  • Scan and upload report card(s) or transcript(s) using our Document Uploader (preferred)
  • Text a large, clear picture to the admissions advisor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Scan and email to the admissions advisor: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Fax to (888) 317-6571

For those students who were previously homeschooled, during the admissions process, other entrance tests may be required in addition to Math and English. Parents will also need to provide information on student’s previously used curriculum and at least three examples of the work, essays and/or graded tests for each subject taken per academic year; three consecutive years of work is recommended. Please contact your Enlightium counselor for additional information.

Placement & Entrance Tests

Enlightium Academy (Enlightium) utilizes two placement tests in English and Math to assist counselors with the course scheduling process. The tests help evaluate that the student’s knowledge from the previous school aligns with Enlightium’s curriculum. In general, how the student scores on the Math and English Placement Tests may influence a counselor’s decision to recommend the Standard, Honors, Bridge Program, Concurrent Credit (CC), or Advanced Placement (AP) course schedules.

Depending on the student’s grade level, the previous school records, and in collaboration with parents, a counselor may provide less weight to the placement tests in assigning a schedule for the student. Placement tests are assigned within one business day of the completed enrollment form and should be completed as soon as possible for classes being assigned on time.

Scoring

The Elementary School Counselor will contact parents of students in grades 3–5 who score BELOW 35% on the entrance tests and/or performed poorly in the previous school to discuss the best available options to ensure student success at Enlightium.

Students in grades 6–12 who score BELOW 35% on the entrance tests and/or performed poorly in a previous school may be placed in the Bridge program. Parents may also request the Bridge program for a minimum of one quarter for students with academic challenges.

Students in grades 3–12 who score ABOVE 85% for their grade level on the entrance tests and who displayed above average performance on the previous school progress report will be given an option to opt into the Honors program. Students will not be assigned Honor courses by default, but instead need to request a course, which will require their counselor’s approval.

Technical Issues

If a technical error occurs during the placement test, it can be reopened or an alternate test may be provided. Any placement test questions should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

PSAT / SAT / ACT Tests

The PSAT10 (grades 10–11) and National Merit Scholarship (grade 11) are offered by College Board during the month of October at local private/public schools. Visit www.collegeboard.com for more information on how to register. Students need to take the SAT or ACT if they are applying to universities in the United States, since most universities require students to submit test scores with their application.

Enlightium students with academic, cognitive, intellectual, learning and health challenges interested in taking college-bound exams (i.e. PSAT, SAT, ACT) are required by ACT and CollegeBoard to have an active plan with their school prior to requesting accommodations for an exam. Accommodation requests take 6-8 weeks to be approved. Therefore, it is imperative to begin the process early. Learn how our AIMS/504 program can help you set up a plan.

Note: be sure to register for the test a few weeks in advance.
  • The SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) examination attempts to measure college readiness and predict future academic success. The SAT is offered throughout the year. Visit www.collegeboard.org for more information and to register on time.
  • The ACT examination measures what a student already knows. It covers material that the student should have learned during high school. The ACT is offered throughout the year as well. Visit www.act.org for more information on how and when to register. We offer our students an ACT Test Prep course for $300.

Student Academic Assessment

The annual assessment (Stanford 10) is offered for Enlightium Academy students in Grades 3–11 every April. Please note that there is a fee to take the Stanford 10 through Enlightium Academy for students in select Tuition Packages.

Available Programs

Standard Program (Grades 3-12)

The majority of new students will be placed in Enlightium’s Standard Program. This program, in comparison to public education, is designed to be more advanced in order to prepare students to further their education beyond their high school career. Enlightium meets students where they are in their educational journey and works to bring them to the next academic level. For a successful academic year, both parents and students are required to be active participants in the student’s education.

Honors Program (Grades 3-12)

Honor courses demand a high level of participation, effort, and quality work from students. Honor courses contain additional information and are more in-depth than regular courses.

Students in grades 3–8 who score ABOVE 85% for their grade level on the entrance tests and, who displayed above average performance on the previous school progress report will be given an option to opt into the Honors program. Students will not be assigned Honor courses by default, but instead need to request a course, which then require their counselor’s approval.

The criteria for Enlightium Honor courses for students in grades 9–12 requires more rigorous evaluation of entrance tests’ results and transcript evaluation. Honors courses are identified as “HR” on Enlightium transcripts. Additionally, Honor courses are not NCAA approved and need not be assigned to students seeking eligibility to compete as an athlete at the collegiate level. Honors courses have a weighted GPA value of +0.5 to the student’s final GPA.

The Enlightium Standard program is less challenging than Honors, yet more advanced than public school standard courses.

There is a 15% course transfer fee to transfer grades from one course to the other, after 14 days of working on assignments. As Honor courses are separate from standard courses, if a student finds the pace of the Honors program too demanding, the program can be changed to the standard courses within 14 days from the start of courses without the transfer fee being applied.

Bridge Program (Grades 6-12)

Students in grades 6⁠-12 who score BELOW 35% on the entrance tests and/or performed poorly in previous school may be placed in the Enlightium Bridge program. Parents may also request the Bridge program for a minimum of one quarter for students with academic challenges, cognitive challenges, intellectual challenges, or learning challenges. Individual Service Plans (ISP) students can only be placed in this program if the resident district deems it appropriate in collaboration with the ISP Coordinator. The Bridge program will provide accommodations to the student’s coursework for a specific period of time to allow the student time to get caught up and to be able to transition back to a regular academic program. High school counselors will review student’s placement test results and their records from the previous school to determine what program would be most appropriate for the student.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement® (AP) courses demand the highest level of participation, effort, and quality from students. AP courses enable students to pursue college-level courses while still in high school and upon AP exam administered by College Board. Students may receive college credits if they pass the AP exam with a score of 3 or above.

Students who took advanced courses at the previous school or have grades above 90% in most of their courses may be considered for the AP program. Upon registration, students will be given an option to opt into the AP program. Students will not be assigned to the AP program by default, but instead need to request an AP course, which will require their counselor’s approval.

Students who want to take AP course are recommended to:

  • Start the year early and take the AP exam in May
  • Take additional comprehensive and proctored practice exams
  • Purchase required books which coincide with the material studied; required purchases can be found with each course description.

Concurrent Credit (CC)

Concurrent Credit (CC) courses demand the highest level of participation, effort, and quality from students. Concurrent Credit courses offer students the opportunity to take college classes through Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) and Enlightium while still enrolled in high school. The classes will also count towards high school course graduation requirements.

Students who took advanced courses at the previous school or have grades above 90% in most of their courses may be considered for the Concurrent Credit program. Upon registration, students will be given an option to opt into the Concurrent Credit program. Students will not be assigned CC courses by default, but instead need to request a CC course, which will require their counselor’s approval.