Ohio: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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Families in Ohio with students enrolled in Enlightium Academy have relatively unknown benefits which may be available to them such as hardware and software from their local school district’s public schools, health and remedial services, and vocational training opportunities. 

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Regents Exams: What New York Families Need to Know

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The Regents Examinations are a series of standardized tests given to high school students in New York. New York requires all high school students to pass standardized tests in order to meet graduation requirements. While Enlightium Academy does not require its students to take the Regents, it is a method of testing available to high school students in New York that allows students to meet the minimum requirements needed for graduation. 

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What is an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP)?

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Some states may require families to submit an IHIP. Additionally, New York State families that have filed an intent to homeschool with their local school district superintendent (also known as the Superintendent of Schools) and are enrolled with Enlightium Academy must submit an IHIP to the state that is signed by their student’s guidance counselor.  

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Illinois: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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Illinois has minimal private school requirements in areas such as accreditation, teacher certification, and curriculum standards, although families do have health obligations to fulfill. Tax credits may also be available to families.

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Washington: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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Enrolling in an online private school is relatively simple for families located in Washington state. The minimum expected regulations are in place, and since Enlightium Academy (Enlightium) is located in Washington state, local families are more likely to attend Enlightium’s public events such as the annual graduation ceremony. Please note that this article is intended for families located in Washington state, so out-of-state students should review their state’s private school requirements.

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Building Relationships with Online Students

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In online school settings, the online teacher and student are separated from one another by distance and often by time, so knowing and understanding online students is an important factor in building teacher-student relationships.1 Research suggests that online students are successful if they respond to three different types of learner interactions: (1) learner-to-content (appropriateness of the course material and delivery), (2) learner-to-instructor (access and support), and (3) learner-to-learner (procedures for dialogue).2 Watson et al. (2014)3 noted that practical consideration of the role of a teacher in an online classroom similar to those of traditional face-to-face classroom is important to ensure student success.

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Fulfilling the Standardized Assessment Requirement

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A standardized assessment allows the student, the family, the private school/homeschool program, and the state insight as to how the student is doing in his/her academics compared to other students around the United States who took the same assessment.

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Parental Rights and Responsibilities in Educating their Children

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The right of parents to choose an education for their children was declared at the United Nations General Assembly in 1948: “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”1 The child is not the mere creature of the state; those who nurture and direct his or her destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare the child for life. The state may require that all children of proper age attend school, that teachers would be of good moral character and patriotic disposition, that certain studies essential to good citizenship must be taught, and that nothing be taught which is manifestly inimical to the public welfare.2

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Florida: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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Florida state legislature has minimal regulations for private school students. Enlightium Academy meets the existing state requirements and has high standards in areas where state law may have none, such as teacher certification and organization accreditation.

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Georgia: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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Families in Georgia have minimal requirements when it comes to enrolling their students in an online school such as Enlightium Academy. The great news is that with its dual accreditation, Enlightium Academy covers the requirements and sets the bar high in terms of accreditation, teacher certification, and curriculum options.

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Online K-12 Education as a Homeschool Option

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Homeschooling was one of the solutions for parents for decades since home education provides parents the opportunity to teach moral and religious principles to their children.1 The first homeschoolers dealt with backlash from numerous groups, family members, educators, politicians, and neighbors who felt they were doing their children an injustice. However, proponents of homeschooling held fast and helped to establish the laws and regulations that recognize that teaching one’s children is a right.2 In the 1970s only 10,000 children were homeschooled and by 2010, about 2,000,000 students were part of homeschool options.3

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How to Keep Homeschooled Students Accountable

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It can be difficult to hold your student accountable when homeschooling, especially when the program you are using is online based. In a brick-and-mortar school system, students have a teacher keeping a watchful eye on them during their entire day at school. The teacher is their accountability system.

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Tennessee: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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Tennessee trusts accrediting agencies to govern private schools. Enlightium Academy is accredited by both AdvancEd and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). With these high standards, Enlightium Academy fulfills Tennessee’s requirements for private schools.

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Texas: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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Enrolling in an online private school in Texas could not be easier: there is no legal differentiation between a private school and a homeschool like many states have, and Texas has few requirements beyond the practical necessities.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the TASC Exam

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Similarly to the GED and HiSET exams, the TASC exam (Test Assessing Secondary Completion), is a high school equivalency test.

In the vast majority of cases, students should pursue a high school diploma; earning a diploma typically results in higher wages as an adult and lets employers know that the worker can overcome a challenge. However, for teenagers who are at least 16 years of age, not currently enrolled in any high school, and do not have a high school diploma, the TASC may be available.

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What You Need to Know about the HiSET

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Similar to the GED, the HiSET is an exam that provides students with a degree equivalent to a high school diploma. It is, however, more rigorous in nature than the GED.

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The Value of An Accredited High School Diploma

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Whether you are a high schooler with senioritis or a parent trying to help your child finish his/her degree, chances are that you’ve wondered how important it is to earn a high school diploma. Perhaps you’ve thought to yourself, “If I don’t care about college, why do I need to get an accredited high school diploma?”

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How do I Know When the GED is the Best Option for Me?

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High school can be incredibly difficult, and sometimes students and parents are looking at alternatives to receiving a high school diploma. In the vast majority of cases, students should pursue a high school diploma. Earning a diploma typically results in higher wages as an adult and lets employers know that the worker can overcome a challenge.

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Online Student Computer Software Requirements

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In order for your student to be able to use Ignitia, our online curriculum platform, you will need to have a computer with current software installed. The good news is that this is relatively simple, even for those who are not technically savvy. The great news is that our team has listed the requirements below to make this an easy process.

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Private School Tax Season: Louisiana

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Louisiana’s individual tax reduction program is one of the best in the country. Parents can claim tax deductions for private school expenses up to $5,000 per student each year.

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