Enlightium Academy is Not Just a School, It’s a Relationship, It’s a Partnership, It’s a Family

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In the current world of education, teaching and learning are moving from brick-and-mortar schools to the virtual world, from 30 students in a class to serving one student at a time. Especially in the last 10 years, online education is on the rise for homeschooling parents.1 It provides students the flexibility to learn anywhere, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as long as there is Internet availability. Homeschooled online students can take advantage of unique course offerings such as foreign languages; Dual Enrollment (taking college courses while in high school); Advanced Placement; Honors, Gifted, and Bridge programs; and AIMS intervention. Importantly, homeschooled students can obtain an accredited diploma from Enlightium Academy.

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Enlightium Academy is not Just a School

Enlightium Academy is not just a school because online education makes learning personal. First, online teachers use technology in creative ways to replace brick-and-mortar school settings, such as instant messaging with certified teachers, discussion boards, educational articles, and video conferencing platforms.2 Research indicates that in online settings teachers having more genuine relationships with students and one-on-one interactions.3 Second, online students are able to practice their social and emotional learning on a personal level. Third, parents of online homeschooled students have more opportunities to get involved with their student’s learning than in a traditional brick-and-mortar environment. At Enlightium Academy, counselors and teachers are meeting students where they are in the educational journey and bringing them to the next academic level. Research suggests that students are more likely to display increased engagement when parents and teachers become engaged.4 Importantly, students who were homeschooled for one year or less scored, on average, in the 59th percentile and students who were homeschooled for two or more years scored, on average, between the 86th and 92nd percentile in their academic achievement.5

Enlightium Academy values relationships

The family is where a child’s character is formed. Being a parent myself, I have learned the importance of leading children by example, being consistent in discipline, instilling good study habits, and building good relationships that impact them for life. Parents should strive to be good role models and to reinforce academic and character goals, which motivate students to be more responsible for learning.6 What is unique in online homeschool settings is that students have more time for social activities, such as sports, private lessons, teen or youth church activities, and valuable time with the family. Research suggests that parental involvement has a positive impact on their student’s learning. Similarly, students viewed parents’ interaction as significantly motivational.7 Notably, developing a good relationship while children are young benefits parents and children during teenage years when they strive for independence while working through emotion shifts, hormonal shifts, and other changes in their bodies. The trust rooted in childhood can help both parents and children go through the teenage stage more peacefully.

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At Enlightium Academy, the family atmosphere is treasured in work settings from the admissions team to counselors, teachers to support staff, and administration. We teach academic, moral, and religious principles through the biblical worldview that is woven into the curriculum we offer. The Bible reminds us that the “house divided against itself will not stand” (Matthew 12:25b). Thus, we intentionally provide support to the parents of the students we teach through educational webinars, articles, eSocial, and the Family Alliance Facebook page. For all family components to work in unity, Enlightium Academy team and parents need to partner and use all opportunities to collaborate throughout the year and especially during parent-teacher conferences that EA offers twice a year.

These three unique facets of Enlightium Academy distinguish it from other schools. For any other questions about online school education, please call (866) 488-4818, or visit EnlightiumAcademy.com. Enlightium Academy is an accredited alternative education option for educating your child from home. Our program offers the comfort of a homeschool education environment and the quality of private school education curriculum. Enlightium Academy is a private Christian school that offers a Bible-based, flexible, accredited, teacher supported, and affordable education. Enlightium Academy meets all accreditation and state education requirements, while neither using the state curriculum or Common Core.

References:
Hawkins, L. M. (2016). Georgia schools: virtually here. Distance Learning, 10(1), 39-44.
Nolan, A. W. (2016). The social and emotional learning and character education of K-12 online students: Teacher perspective. (Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest LLC.
Archambault, L., Freidhoff, J. & Kennedy, K. (2016). Accountability for students in K-12 online learning perspectives from Michigan stakeholders and beyond. Online Learning 20(3), 126 - 139.
Borup, J., Stevens, M. A., & Waters, L. H. (2015). Parent and student perceptions of parent engagement at a cyber charter high school. Online Learning, 19(5).
Smith, J. M. & Farris, M. P. (2004, October 22). Academic statistics on homeschooling. Retrieved from https://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000010/200410250.asp
6 Curtis, H. & Werth, L. (2015). Fostering student success and engagement in a K-12 Online School. Journal of Online Learning Research, 1(2), 163-190.
7 Graham, C. R & Davis, R. S. (2013). The Nature of Parental Interactions in an Online Charter School. American Journal of Distance Education, 27, 40-55.

 


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