1. Is my child a good candidate for an online class?
All students can be successful in an online class if they choose the right type of course (Instructor led or independent study). Students who do best in either type of course are self-motivated, able to set aside time on a daily basis to complete homework, have good study skills, and are goal oriented.
Students should also have basic computer skills and know how to use a menu driven environment and email.
2. Can I enroll as an international student?
50% of the students enrolled at National High School reside in over 90 different Countries outside of the United States. NHS is internationally and Regionally Accredited, therefore, international students looking to enroll in an accredited through CITA and SACS. International U.S College or University, must have a High School diploma from an accredited U.S. High School.
3. Will my child's local high school accept this credit?
Before enrolling for a National High School online course, students should contact their local high school for permission to take the course. They should discuss the course with their counselor to be certain that they have the required prerequisites and that the course will be fulfilling their graduation requirements. There are special forms that need to be signed and returned to NHS office to assure credit acceptance at the completion of each course.
National High School is a SACS and CITA accredited school and its credits should be accepted across the nation by other regionally accredited high schools. Private schools may have special requirements, so it is suggested that students receive prior permission from their school before taking a course for potential transfer credit.
4. Who are the teachers?
All teachers are considered highly qualified by "No Child Left Behind" Standards and are experts in their disciplinary area. Mentors are trained in adapting the online curriculum to all types of learners and situations.
If you have a concern about the teacher's ability to deal with special needs of your student, information about specific teachers can be obtained from the schools Registrar's office prior to enrollment,
5. What costs are involved? Are there any discounts?
A student should have adequate access to a computer, Internet access, and email in order to successfully complete their online course. The cost for each course is as follows:
• National High Schools online high school completion program is $175 monthly. Students are allowed to take a maximum of 4 Classes at a time.
• National High Schools Single Courses are $399.00.
• Core courses (English, Math, Science, Social Science, Health, and Foreign Languages). All core courses have digital textbooks that are included in the enrollment fee for your course. User names and passwords will be issued to students as soon as the registration process is complete so they can access the online material.
• Advanced Placement & Career Tech courses - Hard copy books need to be ordered from the publisher or through Amazon.com prior to beginning the course.
6. Can I get a refund if my child doesn't complete the course?
For students taking a single course for $399, there is a traditional 2-week add and drop period at the beginning of each enrollment. If you decide within those two weeks that online learning is not the best for your child, you will not be billed for the course. Those Students on a high school completion track and are billed monthly have until the 5th of that month to cancel, otherwise they are subject to the cost for that month.
However, if you do not drop the course within the initial 2-week add and drop period, there is no refund available and you will be billed for the course.
7. What type of computer does my child need?
Students should have access to an IBM compatible or Macintosh computer for at least 2 hours each day. IBM compatible computers should use Windows 98 or better, and MAC's should use OS 7.0 or higher.
Computers should also have a CD Rom drive and an MS Office program for access to word processing and spreadsheet programs.
Computers should have at least a 28.8 internet connection with 256 mg of RAM in order to run the programs in a reasonable manner. A 56.6K internet connection is recommended.
Students participating in virtual class and/or taking foreign language courses should also have a microphone and earphones available for participation in 2-way voice audio within the virtual classroom. Students can also use the telephone to participate in virtual classroom, in special circumstances.
Note: If a family does not have the proper computer technology, students may be able to use the computer at local libraries or junior colleges, as long as they have access to the internet and their own email address.
8. How private is my child's information?
All information collected by NHS is used for educational and identification purposes only and is never shared with third parties. Student information is protected under the "Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA)" and the "Privacy of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)" as required by the U.S. Department of Education.
9. How can I help my child be successful?
In order to help a student succeed, parents should:
• Help the student set up a study schedule in an environment that is conducive to studying, without distraction from phone calls, TV, etc.
• Have your student share their homework requirements with you so that you can remind them of deadlines and help them with time management. By being supportive and planning ahead, you can help to avoid last minute stress or falling behind in assignments.
• Review their progress on a regular basis so that they know you are interested in their success, and so that you can assist with any roadblocks.