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Academy Basics
Academic Schedule
Home Schooling Regulations
Attendance
Completion of High School
Special Needs
Tuition and Other Costs
Registration and Enrollment
Course Offerings and Selection
Curriculum Materials – Ebooks, CDs, and Supplemental Materials
Curriculum Overview
Grading, Grade Records, and Transcripts
Academic Achievement
Using the Academy System
Homeroom Features
The Social Center
Joy Directed Activities
The Raise Your Hand Feature (Teacher Support Classes Only)
The Academic Counselors (Teachers)
Computer Requirements
Lesson Details
PE Requirements
Member Services

Academy Basics

What is The Cambridge Academy?   
Is The Cambridge Academy an accredited or licensed school?
Since your Academy is accredited, does that mean it offers credits?
At what age can my student start?
What academic resources are included with my enrollment?
What is the parent's role?
What is meant by “parent-led”?
What is meant by “teacher-led” or “teacher-supported”?
If we don’t like online learning, are we committed to the entire year?

Academic Schedule

When does theschool year begin?
What is a typical daily schedule at the academy like?
We live in a different time zone! How will this work?

Home Schooling Regulations

How can I find out what my state’s homeschooling requirements are?  
Can the Academy help me register with my local school district?  
My state does not accept your accreditation.  What do you suggest I do?
How does The Cambridge Academy work with homeschooling regulations?

Attendance

What are the attendance requirements?
How will my student meet the attendance requirements?
Is there a specific time my student must be online each day?
How much time should my student spend online every day?  
Where can we track our student’s attendance records?

Completion of High School

What are your private academy’s graduation/credit requirements? 
What is the policy for a student graduating and receiving a diploma from The Cambridge Academy?
Can I transfer my student’s credits from a previous high school?
What is the fee associated with transferring credits?
How many years must my child attend your academy in order to graduate with a high school diploma?

Special Needs

Do you accept students with special education needs?
Does your program work well for gifted students?
Will your program work for my dyslexic student?
How do students with ADD/ADHD perform with your program?

Tuition and Other Costs

What is the tuition for the academic year?
When are tuition payments due?
How do the tuition fees change if I enroll more than one student?
What other fees do I have to pay?
What is the additional cost per student to attend The Cambridge Academy, in addition to tuition?
How do I remit my tuition?

Registration and Enrollment

How do I register my student for The Cambridge Academy?
How long will it take to enroll my student?
How will I know if my student has been accepted at The Cambridge Academy?
How do I remit my application/registration fee?  
Is the application/registration fee refundable?
What is included when we enroll?
What if a student disenrolls after the first 30 days?
What does it mean to be a part-time student verses a full-time student?
If we withdraw after enrollment, but before the school year begins, which monies will be refunded?
What are the Health Forms and why am I required to return them?
I registered but have changed my mind. I did not pay any money yet. Do I have to disenroll?

Course Offerings and Selection

Where can we view all the available courses?
How is my student placed in a course?
What kinds of placement tests are available?
What is the cost of placement tests?
When is course selection for 6th – 12th grade?
Can we change a course once we have registered our student?
Can my student select courses from different grade levels?
What if my student finishes a course early and wants to move on?
Is there a time limit on completing a course or assignment?
Will my student fail if all assignments are not completed by the end of the year?

Curriculum Materials – Ebooks, CDs, and Supplemental Materials

What are the costs for the books and materials?
Where can I find books or materials that I need to purchase?
What are ebooks ?
Must I return the CDs if I drop a course?
Will I receive a refund of the CD Usage Fee if I drop a course?
What materials must be returned at the end of the year?
Where do I return the materials?

Curriculum Overview

What is online learning like?
What is the curriculum like?
Who writes the lesson plans?
Can we view all of the online learning coursework before we commit?
What kinds of assignments are there and how does my student complete them?
How do tests and quizzes work?
Can I print out the lessons for review while off the Internet?

Grading, Grade Records, and Transcripts

What is the grading structure?
How can I track the academic progress of my student?
How can we view our student’s grades?
Who is responsible for grading my student’s work?
How do I grade my student’s work?
What is a transcript?
How do I receive a transcript?  
What is a grade record?
How do I receive a grade record?
Why doesn’t my student’s grade record have credits on it?
Will my student be sent a report card at the end of every quarter?
Will my student be sent a final report card grade at the end of the school year?
What are portfolios? Why would I need one?
How do I receive a portfolio?
What record will I have of my student’s work?
Do we still have access to the grade book, timelog, and the school record after the year is over?

Academic Achievement

Are all the assignments at The Cambridge Academy “Open Book”?
How does The Cambridge Academy work on an “Honors” system? What keeps my student from looking at past assignments while taking a test?
What is The Cambridge Academy’s policy on Plagiarism?

Using the Academy System

What is the Parent password / username?
What should I do if I forget my password/username?
How will the Academy contact me with important news and information?
I have a new e-mail. How do I change it in the system?

Homeroom Features

What is the Message Center?
What is Study Hall?
What is a Time Log?
What is the Family Handbook?

The Social Center

What is the Social Center? 
What can students discuss in the Social Center?
How are students expected to get to know one another?

Joy Directed Activities

What are Joy-Directed Activities?  
Do students get credit for participating in field trips?

The Raise Your Hand Feature (Teacher Support Classes Only)

What is the Raise Your Hand feature?

The Academic Counselors (Teachers)

What is the function of an Academic Counselor?
Who is my student’s Academic Counselor?
What kind of certification do Academic Counselors have?
How may I contact my student’s Academic Counselor?

Computer Requirements

What are the minimum computer requirements?
Will your program work with a Macintosh?
How can I read PDF (Acrobat) files?
If I enroll more than one student, do they each need their own computer?
Do I need a printer?

Lesson Details

What is the most efficient way for my student to complete his/her lessons?
What does it mean when an assignment is “weighted” or “unweighted”?
I have an objection to my student completing an assignment. Is there a substitution?
Where can I comprehensively track what assignments my student has completed?
What is The Academy’s policy about doing assignments over?

PE Requirements

What are The Cambridge Academy’s PE Requirements?
If my student completed his/her mandatory 40 hours of PE time over the summer, can I submit those hours for credit?
My student took gym at his/her previous high school, but not health. Does he/she still have to complete your Heath and PE class?
How can I receive credit for extracurricular activities?

Member Services

What is Member Services?
How may I contact Member Services for help?

Academy Basics

What is The Cambridge Academy?

With Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is an independent private school, accredited by the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance and registered with the Florida Department of Education. This accreditation and compliance with all applicable Florida laws allow us to offer the wonderful curriculum and online delivery which meets or exceeds various U.S., state and local standards. The Cambridge Academy offers the most comprehensive online private education program available. Credits can be transferred and awarded, transcripts can be issued and students can receive a diploma from the academy upon successful completion of the high school requirements. For a comprehensive overview of the academy program, please visit www.TheCambridgeAcademy.org.

Without Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is accredited through the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance, and is a curriculum provider for PreK-12 homeschoolers. Daily lessons with videos, pictures, coloring pages, recipes, websites, and audio links keep preschoolers engaged and help them to develop an early love of learning. For K-12 students, The Cambridge Academy offers curriculum of up to six courses, including online daily assignments, a customized calendar, automatic grading of most tests, answer keys, and a community message board. Most importantly, The Cambridge Academy is a complete, parent-led homeschooling resource. The parent as teacher heads all classes and teaches all subjects, and has the use of parent-password-protected answer keys. While many assignments are graded automatically, others are graded directly by the parents, enabling the parent to have control over the student’s grades, while maintaining daily support and guidance to insure their student’s academic progress and success. If any issues or problems occur, you may contact Member Services at 1-(887)-TCA-1994. The Cambridge Academy does not award/transfer credits, issue transcripts, or award high school diplomas. All attendance/graduation requirements are mandated by your local school district. For more information please visit www.TheCambridgeAcademy.org.

Is The Cambridge Academy an accredited or licensed school?

With Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is accredited by the National Association of Private Schools Accreditation Alliance and is registered with the Florida Department of Education.

Without Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is accredited with the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance. We are a fully registered organization and maintain the status of a homeschooling resource center and curriculum provider. Those who subscribe to The Cambridge Academy look to their state and local school district laws for oversight.

Since your Academy is accredited, does that mean it offers credits?

With Teacher Support:
Accreditation means that our program was approved by an official education agency.  Accreditation does not mean our academy can grant credits.  Programs can be accredited and not grant credits for coursework completed. 

Offering credits means that the school is a registered school that has the authority from the state to give credit for successful completion of a course.  Since our academy is a registered private school, credits are awarded for the completion of courses. 

Without Teacher Support:
Accreditation means that our program was approved by an official education agency.  Accreditation does not mean our academy can grant credits. Programs can be accredited and not grant credits for coursework completed. 

Offering credits means that the school is a registered school that has the authority from the state to give credit for successful completion of a course.  Since our academy is only a homeschool curriculum provider, and not a registered school, no credits are awarded for the completion of courses. 

At what age can my student start?

With Teacher Support:
Students grow at different rates and the starting age should be different as well. If you feel your student(s) may benefit from The Cambridge Academy, they may enroll at any age. The average age to begin Kindergarten is 5 years and students cannot enroll in The Academy for any grade level after the age of 18.

Without Teacher Support:
Students grow at different rates and the starting age should be different as well. If you feel your student(s) may benefit from The Academy, they may enroll at any age. The average age to begin Kindergarten is 5 years old.  We encourage you to consult the mandatory attendance regulations in your state.

What academic resources are included with my enrollment?

With Teacher Support:
Academic resources and features include:

  • Partnership with The Cambridge Academy
  • A comprehensive selection of grade-appropriate courses covering many academic topics, including exciting electives. Choose up to 6 each year.
  • Textbooks, workbooks and offline activities
  • Academic Counselors, available for an unlimited number of questions through the Message Center and our online Live Operator system
  • A Curriculum Development Team who creates assignments, tests, quizzes and projects
  • Member Services who assist with day-to-day billing and technical questions
  • Record keeping programs that will provide necessary documentation to verify enrollment, attendance and instructional time in the program.
  • Students are awarded credits, issued transcripts and earn a High School diploma upon fulfilling all Academy requirements. 

Without Teacher Support:
Academic resources and features include:

  • Partnership with The Academy
  • A comprehensive selection of grade-appropriate courses covering many academic topics, including exciting electives. Choose up to 6 each year.
  • Textbooks, workbooks and offline activities
  • A Curriculum Development Team who creates assignments, tests, quizzes and projects
  • Member Services assisting every school day with billing and technical questions
  • Record keeping programs that will provide necessary documentation to verify enrollment, attendance and instructional time in the program.

Because regulations vary from state to state, we urge parents to participate in and adhere to local homeschooling regulations that may apply.

What is the parent's role?

With Teacher Support:
Because The Cambridge Academy is an online private school, it provides comprehensive lessons, teacher instruction, grading, and record keeping.  Since students are learning at home, The Cambridge Academy depends upon parents to ensure that their student is attending class each day and will meet all attendance requirements required by private school law.  We also encourage parents to foster extra-curricular activities for their students.

Without Teacher Support:
The first and primary teacher of every student is the parent(s). We have taken all of the busy work out of homeschooling by providing a complete solution from which parents can pick and choose, including Academic Counselors available every school day via the Message Center and our online Live Operator system. Our goal is to allow parents the time to really enjoy teaching and learning with their students while being freed from the anxiety of having to create a comprehensive educational program from scratch.

What is meant by “parent-led”?

With Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is supported by teachers, so it is not parent-led.  Parent-led academies do not provide academic support; therefore, the parents serve as the teachers, doing all instruction and grading required for the school year.

Without Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is a complete, parent-led homeschooling resource. The parent as teacher heads all classes and teaches all subjects, with guidance from Cambridge staff as needed and the use of parent-password-protected answer keys. While many assignments are graded automatically, others are graded directly by the parent, providing the parent with an integrated balance of control over the student’s grades and staff support and guidance as needed to insure the student’s academic progress and success.

What is meant by “teacher-led” or “teacher-supported”? ***

With Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is a teacher-led private school. Academic Counselors (teachers) teach all subjects, assisting parents in guiding their students to successful completion. While many assignments are graded automatically, others are graded directly by the Academic Counselors. Because The Cambridge Academy is a private school, all students must adhere to private school regulation.  Parents are encouraged to remain active in their student’s day to day school activities.

Without Teacher Support:
Teacher-led academies offer academic support through teachers.  The Cambridge Academy is not teacher-led; it is entirely led by parents, which provides parents with ultimate control over their student’s home education. Parents are responsible for all instruction and grading required throughout the school year.

If we don’t like online learning, are we committed to the entire year?

Families who withdraw within the first 30 days are obligated for the first tuition payment, registration fee and shipping charges. These charges are not refunded. However, the CD Usage Fee will be refunded when the CDs are returned. Those who withdraw after the 30-day period are obligated for the entire yearly tuition as well as the above outlined additional charges. The CD Usage Fee will not be refunded. This 30-day period is provided to give families the chance to see if online learning / homeschooling suits their needs.

Academic Schedule

When does the school year begin?

The Cambridge Academy has rolling enrollment of 365 days of the year.  There is no set beginning to the school year.  Students will have 365 days from the date of enrollment to complete their assignments.

What is a typical daily schedule at the academy like?

All daily lessons are delivered online via our secure school site.  Students log in to the computer each day to their Homeroom, which stores all of their classes and lessons.  They go into the Classroom (course) that they would like to work in, and then click on the lessons they need to complete.  Lessons are written to the student (not the parent, or class, etc.) and contain about 45 minutes of work.  Lessons are comprised of content readings, engaging activities, colorful graphics, animated materials, and the infusion of multimedia, such as digitized sound and videos. 
Families are in charge of their own daily schedule. Students can do all their work at one time, or can space it throughout the day. Some students enjoy working on one subject each day, while others enjoy moving though all of their subjects every day. The Academy has a mixture of online and offline assignments.  Middle and high school students typically spend 2 to 4 hours online per day and elementary students spend about half that time. The student’s schedule can be easily adjusted to accommodate family matters, extracurricular activities and unexpected events such as illness, still leaving plenty of time for the student to complete all courses within the 365-day period.
Distance education is quickly transforming education as we know it!

We live in a different time zone! How will this work?

With Teacher Support:
That’s the beauty of virtual schooling! Almost everything at the academy is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You have access to your classes to complete your work anytime you are most comfortable, even at night! Cambridge Academy students may email Academic Counselors anytime. (Of course, emails are only reviewed during normal school hours, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, EST) Please note that the Live Operator (or Raise-Your-Hand) feature is available from 9:00 am to 5:00pm, EST.

Without Teacher Support:
That’s the beauty of virtual schooling! Almost everything at the academy is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You have access to your classes to complete your work anytime you are most comfortable, even at night!

Home Schooling Regulations

How can I find out what my state’s homeschooling requirements are?

With Teacher Support:
Because The Cambridge Academy is a registered private school, your student should be registered as a private school student in your state, not as a homeschool student.

Without Teacher Support:
You should contact your local school district to learn about your state’s homeschooling requirements.


Can the Academy help me register with my local school district?

With Teacher Support;
Because The Cambridge Academy is a registered private school, your student should be registered as a private school student in your state.

Without Teacher Support:
Our Academy cannot participate in discussions with your local officials regarding local or state laws in your locality. This is the responsibility of a parent upon choosing homeschooling for the student. A number of states require that parents submit samples of a home schooled student's work every year, called a Portfolio. Our system allows parents to keep full and complete records of both online lessons and offline activities, such as field trips and community service activities. Parents will have access to the time log and gradebook buttons on their parent page until the 365th day, so that these records can be printed at any time during the calendar year.

My state does not accept your accreditation.  What do you suggest I do?

Your state cannot actually prevent you from homeschooling, so even though it may not recognize our academy, it has no authority to prevent you from choosing the curriculum provider you deem appropriate for your student.

How does Academy work with homeschooling regulations?

With Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is a private independent K-12 school. Our curriculum is accredited by the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance and is fully registered with the Florida Department of Education. Because of our private school status, students enrolled in The Cambridge Academy must follow our assignments, procedures, and requirements.  Instruction is delivered through the Internet and includes a combination of online and offline components, including e-texts, traditional textbooks, workbooks, CD-ROMs and other interactive multimedia.

Attendance

What are the attendance requirements?

With Teacher Support:
Cambridge Academy students are expected to work diligently and consistently on their school work.
The Cambridge Academy is registered in the State of Florida. As such, we require all students (even if residing in another state) to fulfill Florida’s Education Code which requires that students complete the following amount of hours in a given school year:
(a) Kindergarten: Five hundred forty (540) net instructional hours.
(b) Grades 1-3: Seven hundred twenty (720) net instructional hours.
(c) Grades 4-12: Nine hundred (900) net instructional hours.

The Cambridge Academy considers net instructional hours to be the sum of your logged Instructional Time as recorded in your timelog/gradebook plus your logged Joy Directed Activity time.
If a student does not meet these attendance requirements, he/she will not pass the grade and will be forced to repeat the grade level.
If medical or family issues arise that may cause the student to miss an extended amount of school, a letter must be emailed to The Cambridge Academy member services department (MemberServices@TheCambridgeAcademy.org) with verification of the issue.  All medical and family issues are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Without Teacher Support:
Since our academy is a homeschool curriculum provider, you must adhere to your state’s attendance requirements.  We strongly encourage you to discuss these issues with your school district and make sure you are meeting any mandated requirements.

How will my student meet the attendance requirements?

Our system will automatically keep track of the time that students spend online.  If they are working on offline activities, they must click on the “Study Hall” button at the top of their course or homeroom page in order to keep an accurate time.  Other activities can be noted in the “Joy Directed Activities” log.

Is there a specific time my student must be online each day?

With Teacher Support:
Our academy students enjoy a philosophy of “any time, anywhere, any pace” education. This allows students to work at their own time, place and speed.  However, all schoolwork must be completed by their 365th day of enrollment and all students must meet their attendance requirements.

Without Teacher Support:
Our academy students enjoy a philosophy of “any time, anywhere, any pace” education. This allows students to work at their own time, place and speed.  However, all schoolwork must be completed by their 365th day of enrollment.  Since our academy is a homeschool curriculum provider, you must adhere to your state’s attendance requirements.  We strongly encourage you to discuss these issues with your school district and make sure you are meeting any mandated requirements.

How much time should my student spend online every day?

With Teacher Support:
Each student learns at a different pace, and these differences should be considered when determining if your student is spending enough time on schoolwork. A guideline would be two hours for Elementary students and two to four hours for Middle school and high school students. Two hours of online work in a 24-hour period constitutes one “day” of attendance.  Additional time is often spent on offline activities, such as viewing videos or visiting museums.

Without Teacher Support:
Each student learns at a different pace, and these differences should be considered when determining if your student is spending enough time on schoolwork. A guideline would be two hours for Elementary students and two to four hours for Middle school and high school students.  Additional time is often spent on offline activities, such as volunteering or visiting museums.

Where can we track our student’s attendance records?

Log on to your homeroom page, then click on Your Timelog on the right side of the page to view the number of hours you have accumulated thus far. You may also click on Grade Book and access Your Timelog from there.

Completion of High School

What are TheCambridge Academy’s graduation/credit requirements?

With Teacher Support:

The graduation requirements for The Cambridge Academy can be found here: https://thecambridgeacademy.org/generaldiploma.php

Standard Diploma:  19 Credits Required

It is your responsibility to choose appropriate courses! Please check the following chart.

Subject

Credits Required

Course Options that will Fulfill Requirements

English

4 Credits

English 9
English 10
English 11
English 12
College Writing and Vocabulary
Journalism
Creative Writing
AP English Literature
AP English Language

Mathematics

3 Credits (MUST include Algebra. Pre Algebra alone does not suffice)

Algebra 1 (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
Geometry
Integrated Math
Algebra 2
Consumer Math
Trigonometry
Calculus

Science

3 Credits (MUST include Biology)

Biology (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
Integrated Science
Medicine
Forensics 1
Forensics 2
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Chemistry
Physics
AP Biology

Social Studies

4 Credits (MUST include 1 credit from each group)

1.  American Government (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
2.  Economics (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
3.  World History, Global Studies, World Religions, or AP European History
4.  US History or AP US History

Global Language

Not required

Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Spanish 3
French 1
French 2
AP French Language
Latin 1
Latin 2
German 1
German 2

Fine Art, Music and Technology

1 Credit

Art and Music 9-12
Guitar Lessons
Digital Photography
Music Studio
Video Studio
Web Design
Media Arts
20th Century Music
Music Business

Health and Physical Education

1 Credit (MUST take Health and PE 9-12 and prove 40 hours of PE – see below)

Health and PE 9-12 (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)

General Electives

3 Credits

Psychology
Sociology
Business
Cinema History
Driver's Education
SAT Preparation
College Preparation
Career Preparation
Crime and Justice
Culinary Arts
And any course taken in a core subject OVER the required credit amount (ex:  If you take 5 English courses: 4 will count towards your English requirement, 1 will count as an Elective)

  • Students have at least six full time courses with teacher support on their roster.
  • One credit will be awarded if 75% or more of the class is completed (all incomplete work will earn a zero) and the student receives a passing grade after the course grades are averaged.
  • The attendance of nine hundred (900) net instructional hours is met. 
  • Students have the ability to work at their own pace throughout the school year.
  • A global language is not required, although many higher-level educational institutions require it for admission.
  • The Health and Physical Education credit requires the completion of forty (40) hours of an organized sport in addition to the completion of all online lessons in the Health home school course. To be awarded a complete credit for the year in the Health & Physical Education home school course, you must provide proof of the home school student's enrollment and participation in an organized sport of your choice by submitting a receipt of payment for the organized sport, class, etc. or a letter from the instructor or coach noting their participation and completion of 40 hours.  If this portion is not completed, the student will earn a half (.5) credit for Health and no credit for PE.

College Preparatory Diploma: 23 Credits Required

It is your responsibility to choose appropriate courses! Please check the following chart.

Subject

Credits Required

Course Options

English

4 Credits

English 9
English 10
English 11
English 12
College Writing and Vocabulary
Journalism
Creative Writing
AP English Literature
AP English Language

Mathematics

3 Credits (MUST include Algebra. Pre Algebra does not suffice)

Algebra 1 (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
Geometry
Integrated Math
Algebra 2
Consumer Math
Trigonometry
Calculus

Science

3 Credits (MUST include Biology)

Biology (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
Integrated Science
Medicine
Forensics 1
Forensics 2
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Chemistry
Physics
AP Biology

Social Studies

4 Credits (MUST include 1 credit from each group)

1.  American Government (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
2.  Economics (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
3.  World History, Global Studies, World Religions, or AP European History
4.  US History or AP US History

Global Language

2 Credits

Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Spanish 3
French 1
French 2
AP French Language
Latin 1
Latin 2
German 1
German 2

Fine Art, Music and Technology

1 Credit

Art and Music 9-12
Guitar Lessons
Digital Photography
Music Studio
Video Studio
Web Design
Media Arts
20th Century Music
Music Business

Health and Physical Education

1 Credit (MUST take Health and PE 9-12 and prove 40 hours of PE – see below)

Health and PE 9-12 (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)

General Electives

5 Credits

Psychology
Sociology
Business
Cinema History
Driver's Education
SAT Preparation
College Preparation
Career Preparation
Crime and Justice
Culinary Arts
And any course taken in a core subject OVER the required credit amount (ex:  If you take 5 English courses: 4 will count towards your English requirement, 1 will count as an Elective)

  • Students have at least six full time courses with teacher support on their roster.
  • One credit will be awarded if 75% or more of the class is completed (all incomplete work will earn a zero) and the student receives a passing grade after the course grades are averaged.
  • The attendance of nine hundred (900) net instructional hours is met. 
  • Students have the ability to work at their own pace throughout the school year.
  • Students must complete two (2) Global Language credits, which can include multiple languages (i.e. Spanish 1 and French 1)
  • Two (2) additional credits are needed for the elective requirement.
  • The Health and Physical Education credit requires the completion of forty (40) hours of an organized sport in addition to the completion of all online lessons in the Health home school course. To be awarded a complete credit for the year in the Health & Physical Education course, you must provide proof of the home school student's enrollment and participation in an organized sport of your choice by submitting a receipt of payment for the organized sport, class, etc. or a letter from the instructor or coach noting their participation and completion of 40 hours. If this portion is not completed, the student will earn a half (.5) credit for Health and no credit for PE.

What is the policy for a student graduating and receiving a diploma from TheCambridge Academy?

With Teacher Support:
If a student is enrolled in at least six full time courses with teacher support, they can receive a high school diploma from The Cambridge Academy.  If their roster has less than six classes, they are considered part time and should transfer the credits to another school as they will not be able to graduate from our academy. 

Students up to 19 years of age can earn a high school diploma from The Cambridge Academy by demonstrating they have fulfilled our high school graduation requirements. To obtain a standard high school diploma from The Cambridge Academy, students must successfully complete at least 19 credits of high school coursework. If a student is college bound, it is strongly recommended that they complete 23 credits or more in order to receive a college preparatory diploma. 

The Cambridge Academy offers 3 types of diplomas:

Standard (19 required credits)
College-bound (23 required credits

If a student is planning on graduating from The Cambridge Academy, we will need to have a record of your previous schooling.  This includes:

  • If a student has previously attended a public or private institution, they must submit an official transcript, which should include a signature and school seal.
  • If a student has previously attended a home school program such as The Jubilee Academy Home School Program, The Grace Academy Home School Program or others, they must submit a home school portfolio, documenting the student’s grades, subjects, and attendance as well as provide examples of lessons, assignments, tests, quizzes, etc.

Without Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy does not award/transfer credits, issue transcripts, or award high school diplomas. High school students who have completed the required work and have met any attendance requirements may graduate under the provisions of their state-of-residence's home school laws. Some high school students choose to work with one of the private schools or homeschooling umbrella organizations that offer diplomas.

Can I transfer my student’s credits from a previous high school?

With Teacher Support: 
Your student’s credits from their previous school, combined with your credits at The Cambridge Academy will make up their total credits. We require your official transcript(s) from your previous high school in order to evaluate the number of credits that will transfer to our academy. The Cambridge Academy does not award credits for other schools; if the previous high school did not award credit for a particular class, than we cannot award credit. All awarded credits (including half credits and quarter credits) are transferrable. An official transcript is defined as a document that is signed by a school official and bears an embossed corporate seal of the institution. If you took high school level courses in 8th grade, and would like to have these included in our evaluation, please send a record of those as well. You may fax a copy of your student’s transcript in order to expedite the evaluation process; however, we will still need a copy of the official transcript from your previous schools.  Our fax number is (888) 329-0909.
Please mail your official transcript to:

The Cambridge Academy
24 N Bryn Mawr Ave
Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19010

Without Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy does not award/transfer credits, issue transcripts, or award high school diplomas. High school students who have completed the required work and have met any attendance requirements may graduate under the provisions of their state-of-residence's home school laws. Some high school students choose to work with one of the private schools or homeschooling umbrella organizations that offer diplomas.

What is the fee associated with transferring credits?

After we receive your student’s official transcript from your previous school(s) or your portfolio from your previous homeschool program(s), an evaluation is prepared. This document encompasses both the credits transferred to our academy, as well as the courses that are still necessary according to our high school graduation requirements. The evaluation will be emailed to the address we have on file for you for your personal records, while a copy will be stored in your student’s file.
Each completed and passed, full-year course is given one (1) full credit. Semester courses are given a half (.5) credit.
The fees to transfer credits in to The Cambridge Academy are as such:

Public/Private School $15.00 each
Home school $27.00 each

Please note: It is very important to provide all previous school records to the Office of the Registrar, so that the student stays on track during his/her high school years. If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact our Registrar by e-mail at Registrar@TheCambridgeAcademy.org.

How many years must my child attend your academy in order to graduate with a high school diploma?

Your student must be enrolled as a full time student (six courses) for at least one year with teacher support, with The Cambridge Academy in order to graduate with a high school diploma.

Special Needs

Do you accept students with special education needs?

Yes, we do accept students withIndividualized Education Programs (IEPs), although we do not offer Special Education Services. It is important for parents to review the offerings of our academy and determine whether they would meet your current needs. If our program appears to be able to meet your student's needs, you may wish to include our academy as a part of your special education program along with other resources in your community.

Does your program work well for gifted students?

Our program works extremely well for gifted students as we allow them the flexibility to move at their own pace through our curriculum. This prevents the common issue of boredom in a traditional classroom setting where gifted students feel they have already grasped all the material being covered yet have to wait for their instructor to teach everyone in the class. Gifted students benefit from our “any time, anywhere, any pace” system as they may opt to complete multiple assignments in one subject area per day versus traditionally doing one assignment per course per day. Gifted students can chose higher level courses from our 150 course offerings, add additional courses if they finish early, and challenge themselves through our lessons. 

Will your program work for my dyslexic student?

Dyslexia has so many forms and levels that it is difficult, if not impossible, to respond properly to this question. The best advice would be to show the diagnosing physician our academy's curriculum and work together to decide whether or not our academy would be a good choice.

How do students with ADD/ADHD perform with your program?

Because of our online environment and multimedia-rich curriculum, students with attention disorders seem to do extremely well at our academy. Our unique online learning system allows students to work quietly, accommodate rapidly changing energy levels and work at their own unique pace. Although we do not offer special education services, the very nature of our engaging curriculum has been a wonderful solution to many students with attention disorders. We suggest that parents of students with special needs consult their health-care provider about our academy’s learning environment to determine if it may be helpful.

Tuition and Other Costs

What is the tuition for the academic year?

With Teacher support:

Full-Time With Teacher Support

FULL TIME PROGRAM (6 COURSES) WITH TEACHER SUPPORT
Grades Kindergarten - 5 Grades 6 - 12
Subjects Included Regular Tuition Subjects Included Regular Tuition
Lively Language Arts, Mastering Math, Exploring Science, Social Studies Adventures, Inspired Art and Music, Healthy Living and Physical Education $1,595 Lively Language Arts, Mastering Math, Exploring Science, Social Studies Adventures, Inspired Art and Music, Healthy Living and Physical Education, Empowering Electives, Visionary Technology, World Languages, Advanced Placement $1,995

Part-Time With Teacher Support

SUBJECT Part-Time With Teacher Support
Grades Kindergarten - 5 Grades 6 - 12
Regular Tuition Regular Tuition
Lively Language Arts $349 $399
Mastering Math $349 $499
Exploring Science $349 $499
Social Studies Adventures $349 $399
Healthy Living and Physical Education $349 $349
Inspired Art and Music $349 $349
Empowering Electives  N/A $399
Visionary Technology N/A $399
World Languages N/A $399
Advanced Placement N/A $599

Without Teacher Support:

Full-Time Without Teacher Support

FULL TIME PROGRAM (6 COURSES) WITHOUT TEACHER SUPPORT
Grades Kindergarten - 5 Grades 6 - 12
Subjects Included Regular Tuition Subjects Included Regular Tuition
Lively Language Arts, Mastering Math, Exploring Science, Social Studies Adventures, Inspired Art and Music, Healthy Living and Physical Education $799 Lively Language Arts, Mastering Math, Exploring Science, Social Studies Adventures, Inspired Art and Music, Healthy Living and Physical Education, Empowering Electives, Visionary Technology, World Languages, Advanced Placement $899

Part-Time Without Teacher Support

SUBJECT
Pre Kindergarten Grades Kindergarten - 5 Grades 6 - 12
Regular Tuition Regular Tuition Regular Tuition
Lively Language Arts $99.00 $49.50 $199 $99.50 $199 $99.50
Mastering Math $99.00 $49.50 $199 $99.50 $199 $99.50
Exploring Science $99.00 $49.50 $199 $99.50 $199 $99.50
Social Studies Adventures $99.00 $49.50 $199 $99.50 $199 $99.50
Healthy Living and Physical Education N/A N/A $199 $99.50 $199 $99.50
Inspired Art and Music N/A N/A $199 $99.50 $199 $99.50
Empowering Electives  N/A N/A N/A N/A $199 $99.50
Visionary Technology N/A N/A N/A N/A $199 $99.50
World Languages N/A N/A N/A N/A $199 $99.50
Advanced Placement N/A N/A N/A N/A $299 $149.50

When are tuition payments due?

If you choose the single payment plan, your full payment is due at the time of enrollment.  If you choose the installment payment plan, your down payment is due at the time of enrollment, and the installments will be due in 30-day increments. 

How do the tuition fees change if I enroll more than one student?

Because of the low tuition rate, we do not currently have sibling discounts.

What other fees do I have to pay?

The other fees are registration, shipping and handling, and material fees. 
The registration fee supports the process of setting up a new homeroom for each student, selecting and specifying course selections, and coordinating the selection.
The shipping and handling fees cover the cost of the delivery of curriculum materials included supplemental textbooks and the CDs. 
Most courses have CDs that you are required to rent for the year.  The CDs fees vary with each course.  Some courses may have only one CD, while others have many.  You can find the number of CDs a course by looking at the course description on the website.

What is the approximate cost per student to attend TheCambridge Academy, in addition totuition?

The additional cost per student to attend our academy is $50.00 - $250.00 because of the CD rental fee for individual courses. High school courses are usually the most costly because of the greater number of CDs necessary for each course.

How do I remit my tuition?

Tuition can be paid by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, or PayPal. Please be advised that mailed payments can take up to two weeks to process.
To remit with a check or money order, simply mail to:

The Cambridge Academy
24 N Bryn Mawr Ave
Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19010

To pay with a credit card: Browse to http://www.TheCambridgeAcademy.org/parent and enter using your user name and password, and then click on "Make a Payment.”  Our online payment form is a secure and encrypted payment facility.

Registration and Enrollment

How do I register my student for TheCambridge Academy?

Log on to our website, www.TheCambridgeAcademy.org, click on Enroll Now, and then follow the links to fill out the enrollment application.

How long will it take to enroll my student?

Once the initial application and registration fee are received, we are usually able to process an application within 2-3 school days. After courses are selected, we ship curriculum materials in 2-4 school days. Students are welcome to begin on the online assignments while waiting for their curriculum materials to arrive after their first school day. Students can print most e-books if they prefer to study from paper, rather than a computer screen.

How will I know if my student has been accepted at TheCambridge Academy?

All enrollment steps are verified through email confirmations.

How do I remit my application/registration fee?

Enrollment/registration fees can be paid by check, money order, Visa, or MasterCard. Please be advised that mailed payments can take up to two weeks to process.
To remit with a check or money order, simply mail to:

The Cambridge Academy
24 N Bryn Mawr Ave
Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19010

To pay with a credit card: Browse to http://www.TheCambridgeAcademy.org/parent and enter using your username and password, and then click on "Make a Payment.”  Our online payment form is a secure and encrypted payment facility.

Is the application/registration fee refundable?

Normally your enrollment/registration fee is not refundable, however if we are not able to accept your student for enrollment you will receive a full refund.

What is included when we enroll?

With Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy offers a comprehensive academic program for families schooling at home.  Upon enrollment, you will have access to a nationally accredited program with over 150 courses to choose from.  Our teachers grade the assignments and answer student inquiries, while our system tracks all of your student’s academic records.  Your parent account information is accessible at all times.   Best of all, The Academy is a registered private school, so we can grant high school credits and award diplomas to all graduating seniors!

Without Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy offers a comprehensive academic program for families schooling at home.  Upon enrollment, you will have access to a nationally accredited program with over 150 courses to choose from.  Our system tracks all of your student’s academic records and your parent account information, which are accessible at all times.

What if a student disenrolls after the first 30 days?

If a family disenrolls at anytime during the active academic year after the 30-day trial period, they are fully responsible for all fees and tuition owed for that school year.

What does it mean to be a part-time student verses a full-time student?

A part-time student takes five or less courses per year; a full-time student takes six classes or more per year.  Part-time student will pay by the course, while full-time students will be charged the yearly tuition.

If we withdraw after enrollment, but before the school year begins, which monies will be refunded?

The first 30 days begins from the student’s first login to the school system.  If the school year hasn’t begun, then you are still technically within the first 30 days.
You are responsible for the registration fee, shipping fee, CD Usage Fee (unless the CDs are returned) and either 1) the first tuition installment if paying on the installment plan or 2) 25% of the total tuition amount paid if initially paid in full at registration; 75% of the tuition paid will be refunded.

What are the Health Forms and why am I required to return them?

With Teacher Support:
It is a requirement of The Cambridge Academy that all students submit their completed health form, a copy of their birth certificate (and US citizenship when appropriate), as well as a copy of their immunization records within 30 days of primary enrollment. Additionally students will be required to submit updated health forms and immunization records upon entry to 9th grade. Families who choose not to vaccinate must submit the immunizations exemption form. Families who choose not to vaccinate or use health services must submit an additional signed letter stating that medical visits interfere with their religious beliefs. Any student who does not return the forms within the first 30 days of school will be blocked from accessing their schoolwork until the forms have been submitted. You can find the health forms, religious exemption forms, and an immunization form at this website.
To submit your health form, simply mail to:

The Cambridge Academy
24 N Bryn Mawr Ave
Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19010

I registered but have changed my mind. I did not pay any money yet. Do I have to disenroll?

If you have entered your information but have not paid the registration fee or any other monies, you need not do anything. If you have entered your information and have paid the registration fee or other costs, you must contact Member Services.

Course Offerings and Selection

Where can we view all the available courses?

Please visit The Cambridge Academy website, http://www.TheCambridgeAcademy.org.  On the right side of the page, you can explore our courses by clicking “Full Time Programs” or “Single Courses”

How is my student placed in a course?

Parents select courses for their 6th -12th grade students. K-5th  grade students receive a standardized curriculum, although parents may make grade level adjustments to suit the educational abilities of their student; for example, a 3rd  grade student may take 4th  grade Math.

What kinds of placement tests are available?

The Cambridge Academy offers 8 placement tests, which are:

  • Language Arts for grades K-2
  • Mathematics for grades K-2
  • Language Arts for grades 3-5
  • Mathematics for grades 3-5
  • Language Arts for grades 6-8
  • Mathematics for grades 6-8
  • Language Arts for grades 9-12
  • Mathematics for grades 9-12

What is the cost of placement tests?

Placement tests are free!

When is course selection for 6th – 12th grade?

Students in 6th – 12th grade must select courses from our online listing during the enrollment or re-enrollment process.

Can we change a course once we have registered our student?

Yes! We want all students to be in the best course "placements." A student has 30 days in which to “try on” the selected courses and make changes. After 30 days, there is a $25 fee for changing a course. There is no fee to drop a course.

Can my student select courses from different grade levels?

Yes.  For instance, it would be perfectly acceptable for a 7th grader to take 6th grade English and 8th grade Math, simply because these are the levels where they would best perform.  If your student is in K-5th grade, you will need to contact member services in order to change their standardized curriculum. 

What if my student finishes a course early and wants to move on?

Students may move at a pace that best suits their academic needs. If a course is finished "early," then the student has the option of moving ahead to another course. Students are permitted to be enrolled in up to eight courses at any given time. Tuition includes 6 courses, so additional courses cost an extra fee.  If you’d like to add an additional course, contact Member Services.

Is there a time limit on completing a course or assignment?

The Cambridge Academy adheres to an "anywhere, anytime, any pace" learning environment. Students have up to 365 days from date of enrollment to complete a course (although most are done in 6-9 months). A Daily Calendar of assignments is provided as a guide.

Will my student fail if all assignments are not completed by the end of the year?

With Teacher Support:
All incomplete assignments are given a “0” and averaged into your cumulative grade for a course. Depending on your grade average for the class and the number of assignments left incomplete that turn to “0” at the end of the year, you may or may not fail.

Without Teacher Support:
Incomplete assignments are not averaged into your cumulative grade for a course.  However, any requirements imposed by your local school district, in terms of their expectations for completion of a course, much be considered if assignments are not completed. 

Curriculum Materials – Ebooks, CDs, and Supplemental Materials

What are the costs for the books and materials?

All courses have accompanying materials including textbooks, workbooks, eBooks, CD-ROMs and other learning materials. The cost of materials is clearly listed on each course page. Many of the materials are included in the tuition, but a number of courses require additional offline materials that are essential to the course. Students who withdraw before the end of the year must either return all curriculum materials or pay for them. There are a very few courses in which the parent is required to purchase a textbook or workbook, and in these rare cases, that information is posted in the Course Descriptions.
 
Where can I find books or materials that I need to purchase?

There are a few items that parents must purchase. These items are clearly marked in the course catalog and can be purchased in advance of the course from a retailer of your choice (we usually have some retailers listed, but the choice is yours). Materials that you are required to purchase (if any) are clearly marked when you register for courses.  Many of the books you need may be found at your local library. 

What are eBooks?

The term “eBooks” means electronic books. Academy student’s eBooks are the lessons we provide.  You do not have to download special software to access the eBooks.

Must I return the CDs if I drop a course?

Yes, if you drop a course you are obligated to return all curriculum materials, including the CDs.  You will be refunded for the cost of them once they are returned, received and processed by our Shipping Department.

Will I receive a refund of the CD Usage Fee if I drop a course?

CD usage fees will not be refunded until CDs are returned. The CDs must be unused and unopened for a refund to be processed.  As soon as we have received the unused and unopened materials from the course being dropped, we will refund that charge.

What materials must be returned at the end of the year?

No materials need to be returned at the end of the year. The books, workbooks, and software are yours to keep.  The video CDs time out after 1 year of use, and therefore do not need to be returned either.

Where do I return the materials?

If you need to return materials, please send them to:

The Cambridge Academy
24 N Bryn Mawr Ave
Suite 210
Philadelphia, PA 19010

Please be sure to include your name and your student’s name.

Curriculum Overview

What is online learning like?

Learning happens everywhere!  Online education is a way of learning via the Internet.  At The Cambridge Academy, lessons are delivered through our school site to students.  They login to complete these lessons whenever their schedule permits.  Most online schooling families set up their own schedules that the parents monitor.  Offline learning is a vital part of education too!  The Academy credits each student with attendance time for all offline learning activities, such as watching an educational video or taking a trip to the museum.

What is the curriculum like?

No other academy offers such a diverse array of courses!  The Academy is proud to offer over 150 courses that range from Web Design to Creative Writing.  The curriculum uses state-of-the-art technology to provide a challenging and engaging experience for each student.  The Academy lessons are student-driven, require about 45 minutes of time to complete, and contain content readings, engaging activities, colorful graphics, animated materials, and the infusion of multimedia, such as digitized sound and videos.  Our Curriculum Team is dedicated to ensuring all lessons are age-appropriate.
   
Who writes the lesson plans?

We have a team of curriculum developers who research and write our curriculum with input from our Academic Counselors.

Can we view all of the online learning coursework before we commit?

No, our coursework for the year is not posted all at once.  It is released systematically over the course of the year.  However, we do have some sample lessons on our homepage that you can review. 

What kinds of assignments are there and how do I complete them?

  • Online Reading assignments are the most common. They require you to read an assigned portion of a chapter, and usually include links to external websites and/or instructions for watching videos. Click “Please CLICK HERE to Submit Your Finished Assignment” when you have completed the required reading.
  • Multiple Choice assignments are quizzes or tests. Some Multiple Choice assignments may require you to watch a video or do lesson reading and/or additional reading on external websites before answering the questions. Click “Turn In Your Test” when all questions have been answered.
  • Fill In The Blank assignments usually contain a reading assignment and then a series of fill-in-the-blank questions. Click “Turn In Your Test” when all questions have been answered.
  • Free Response assignments require you to do some reading and/or research, and then type the required response, usually an essay, into the text box provided. Once the free response has been completed, click the “Send Free Response” button to submit the assignment.
  • Discussion Board assignments have assigned reading and may require you to visit external websites or watch videos, and then make a posting on the assignment’s  discussion board in response to assigned questions. After you click “Add Comment” to post your response, you will be able to view the responses of your classmates.

Online readings and discussion boards do not receive a grade. They are marked completed or not completed, and are unweighted. Graded assignments are weighted differently and therefore some assignments are worth more than others. 

How do tests and quizzes work?

With Teacher Support:
Tests and quizzes are a common part of learning at our academies. We work very hard to help students do their very best. There are many kinds of tests and quizzes ranging from multiple choice and true and false to essays and reports (called Free Responses). A number of tests and quizzes are graded automatically by our system, and students will receive their grades immediately. Our academy students enjoy individual assignment grading by Academic Counselors for those assignments not automatically graded by the computer, and the students often have the opportunity to receive positive feedback and suggestions to help them improve in their work and grow in their academic abilities.

Without Teacher Support:
Tests and quizzes are a common part of learning at our academies. We work very hard to help students do their very best. There are many kinds of tests and quizzes ranging from multiple choice and true and false to essays and reports (called Free Responses). A number of tests and quizzes are graded automatically by our system, and students will receive their grades immediately.

Can I print out the lessons for review while off the Internet?

Lessons and eBooks can be printed for reference and study. They can only be used by the person enrolled and may not be copied and/or redistributed for use by others.

Grading and Grade Records

What is the grading structure?

The following chart outlines the grading structure:

100 – 97 A+ 4.00
96-94 A 4.00
93-90 A- 3.67
89-87 B+ 3.33
86-84 B 3.00
83-80 B- 2.67
79-77 C+ 2.33
76-74 C 2.00
73-70 C- 1.67
69-67 D+ 1.33
66-64 D 1.00
63-60 D- 0.67

How can I track the academic progress of my student?

You can track the academic progress of your student by logging into your student’s homeroom, and click on grade book at the top of the page. You will be taken to a page that shows an overview of all your student’s classes and grades. To see grades for individual assignments, or to view all the completed work in a course, click on Gradebook Details. From here, you can view specific information about each of your student’s courses.

How can we view our student’s grades?

Log into your student’s homeroom, and click on grade book at the top of the page. You will be taken to a page that shows an overview of all your student’s classes and grades. To see grades for individual assignments, or to view all the completed work in a course, click on Gradebook Details. From here, you can view specific information about each of your student’s courses.

Who is responsible for grading my student’s work?

With Teacher Support:
Your student’s academic counselors are responsible for grading your student’s work.

Without Teacher Support:
A parent or homeschool teacher is responsible for grading your student’s work. 

How do I go about grading my student’s work?

Without Teacher Support:
Parent should Log into the student homeroom, go to “My Lessons,” enter in your parent password, click on “Grade Assignments,” and then grade the assignments listed. 

What is a transcript?

With Teacher Support:
Your student’s transcript is a written record of his/her courses for the year, grades in both letter and number form, the grade point average for each class, and the overall grade point average for all classes combined. Transcripts also show the credits the student has received for the year for each class, as well as combined credits for the year for all classes combined.

How do I receive a transcript?

With Teacher Support:
In order to receive a transcript, you must contact Member Services.  A copy of your student’s transcript is available at any time to accounts in good standing. There is a transcript fee for official transcripts (one that is signed and bears our embossed corporate seal) mailed via First Class mail to a third party. Delivery of transcripts can be refused or delayed at any time if the staff suspects fraudulent use or manipulations by students or family members. Students in their first year at our academy are not eligible to order an official transcript until they have completed at least one full school year at our academy.  Transcripts take from two to four weeks for their completion and delivery.

Without Teacher Support:
Students who attend The Cambridge Academy do not receive transcripts.  Instead they receive Grade Records.

What is a Grade Record?

Without Teacher Support
A Grade Record is a written record of your student’s courses for the year, grades in both letter and number form, the grade point average for each class, and their overall grade point average for all your classes combined.

How do I receive a grade record?

Without Teacher Support:
In order to receive a grade report, you must contact Member Services.  A copy of your student’s grade report is available at any time to accounts in good standing. There is a fee for grade reports. They are mailed via First Class mail to a third party. Delivery of grade reports can be refused or delayed at any time if the staff suspects fraudulent use or manipulations by students or family members. Students in their first year at our academy are not eligible to order a grade report until they have completed at least one full school year at our academy.  Grade reports take from two to four weeks for their completion and delivery. 

Why doesn’t my student’s grade record have credits on it?

Without Teacher Support:
Since The Cambridge Academy is a home school curriculum provider, the courses that we offer are not worth credits, therefore, no credits will appear on your student’s grade record. 

Will my student be sent a report card grade at the end of every quarter or semester?

No, students will not be sent a report card at the end of each quarter or semester.   However,you are able to print your student’s grades at any time during the year by accessing the School Record on the homeroom page at no cost.

Will my student be sent a final report card grade at the end of the school year?

No, students will not be sent a final report card at the end of the year.  However,you are able to print your student’s grades at any time during the year by accessing the School Record on the homeroom page at no cost. 

What are portfolios? And why would I need one?

With Teacher Support:
Portfolios are an in-depth report of the student's learning year including a standard transcript, samples of completed assignments from each course, and a detailed attendance log outlining the amount of time spent working online and in offline activities. This is available for a record retrieval fee of $89.00. Portfolios are a great way to show some of the work your student has completed over the course of the year.

Without Teacher Support:
Portfolios are an in-depth report of the student's learning year including a grade report, samples of completed assignments from each course, and a detailed attendance log outlining the amount of time spent working online and in offline activities. This is available for a record retrieval fee of $89.00. Portfolios are a great way to show some of the work your student has complete over the course of the year. A number of states require that parents submit samples of a home schooled student's work every year, called a Portfolio.

How do I receive a portfolio?

To receive a Portfolio, you should contact Member Services. 
You can contact Member Services Monday- Friday 9am-7pm and Saturday 9am-5pm EST at 1(877)-TCA- 1994 or contact one of our representatives through our Live Help Chat at www.TheCambridgeAcademy.org

What record will I have of my student’s work?

The Cambridge Academy’s online learning system will keep accurate records of your student's progress throughout the year. Our system allows parents to keep full and complete records of both online lessons and offline activities, like field trips and community service activities.
All of these records, Academic Counselor comments, evaluations and transcripts/ school records are available to you online to be printed out as needed during the normal school year.  These can be kept as an important record for your own review.  Parents can print out these materials from the Student Homeroom anytime during the school year at no cost. 

Do we still have access to the grade book, timelog, and the school record after theyear is over?

Parents and students will have access to the “Gradebook & Timelog” and “School Record” buttons on the student’s homeroom page until the 365th day. They will be able to print out the gradebook, timelog, and grades until this date.  After this date, they are no longer available.

Academic Achievement

Are the assignments at TheCambridge Academy “Open Book”?

Unless otherwise noted, tests and quizzes are NOT open book. We rely on the honor of our students to insure they do not “cheat” in this way. We expect our students to utilize all forms of note taking and study skills to help them achieve the best possible grade. If a test or quiz is “open book” your Academic Counselor will inform you this is so. If you are unsure, just ask before you proceed. Of course, reviewing your past lessons is always encouraged, as this is one of the best ways to keep the information fresh in your mind.

How does The Cambridge Academy work on an “Honor” system? What keeps my student fromlooking at past assignments while taking a test?

We rely on the honor of our students to insure they do not “cheat” in this way. We expect our students to utilize all forms of note taking and study skills to help them achieve the best possible grade. Remember that the goal of the academies is to build students into thinking, reasoning adults. Your student may choose to go on to college, where traditional note taking skills and solid study habits will be expected. This is the time for your student to be learning these valuable skills, while also perfecting his or her “internal honors system” as befitting all young students. Please review the information on Plagiarism as a supplement to this information.

What is TheCambridge Academy’s policy on Plagiarism?

Our plagiarism policy is outlined below.  Plagiarism offenses accumulate for the entire year, not for an individual course.

First Offense:
With Teacher Support:
An Academic Counselor will email the student and parent informing them of the plagiarized lesson. 
A note will be made in the student’s file stating the course, assignment number, a copy of student’s work and source plagiarized.
In order for the student to resubmit the assignment, a parent must request a reset.  This will use one of the two resets in that class for the year. 

Second Offense:
With Teacher Support
An Academic Counselor will email the student and parent informing them of the plagiarized lesson. 
A note will be made in the student’s file stating the course, assignment number, a copy of student’s work and source plagiarized.
The plagiarized assignment will be given a 0. Students will not be able to resubmit the assignment. 

Third Offense:
With Teacher Support
An Academic Counselor will email the student and parent informing them of the plagiarized lesson. 
A note will be made in the student’s file stating the course, assignment number, a copy of student’s work and source plagiarized.
The plagiarized assignment will be given a 0. Students will not be able to resubmit the assignment. 
Student will be suspended one day. 

Fourth Offense and Higher:
With Teacher Support
An Academic Counselor will email the student and parent informing them of the plagiarized lesson. 
A note will be made in the student’s file stating the course, assignment number, a copy of student’s work and source plagiarized.
The plagiarized assignment will be given a 0. Students will not be able to resubmit the assignment. 
Student will face possible suspension for the rest of the year.  Length of suspension is up to the discretion of the Teaching Supervisor and Director of Academics.

Using the Academy System

What is the parent password / username?

The parent password/username is a private access code chosen by the parent in order to gain access to our system. Students also receive these codes, but they are different from the parent's, and they access the system from a different area.

What should I do if I forget my password/username?

If you forget your password or username, contact Member Services at Monday- Friday 9am-7pm and Saturday 9am-5pm EST 1(877)-TCA-1994

How will the Academy contact me with important news and information?

Upon registration, you will provide a valid email address. Email is the most common form of communication between the school and you. It is very important to check your email periodically to be sure it is operational. Some email accounts automatically reject academy mail as spam. If you have spam block set up in your email, be sure to add us to your safe sender list so you do not miss out on important communications in the future.

I have a new e-mail. How do I change it in the system?

You can change any of your personal information by logging into your Parent Page.

Homeroom Features

What is theMessage Center?

With Teacher Support:
The Message Center is where students can send an email to their Academic Counselor to ask a question about an assignment or for any other concerns.  To email their Academic Counselor, students simply log into their homeroom page, select the class they have the question about, then click the Message Center button and send an e-mail to their Academic Counselor. Students should include the class they are asking a question about, the lesson number, and any work they have done for the assignment so our Academic Counselors can review it thoroughly. 

What is Study Hall?

Study Hall is used to accurately monitor student work time. When the student logs into school, their active online time is automatically counted towards attendance. If the student is working, but not actively on the computer, Study Hall must be kept open so their work time continues to be logged. Some examples of this would be if they are reading a book or watching a movie. To open Study Hall, students should double click on the Study Hall button. A new window will open and it will say, "You are currently logged into your Study hall." Students can then minimize the Study Hall window when it opens. Make sure this stays open the entire time your student is doing their offline school work. As long as this window remains open, their time spent on schoolwork will be properly counted and stored as part of your school record.

What is a Time Log?

The Time Log is a report showing all the hours your student has logged in completing your student’s schoolwork. Since The Academy has hourly requirements for the year, it is important to keep an eye on your Time Log to be sure you are accumulating the proper amount of hours.

What is the Family Handbook?

The Family Handbook contains a wealth of information designed to answer a wide variety of questions. We place it on the student’s desktop so that students and parents may have immediate access to answers to commonly asked questions about curriculum and procedures.  We suggest you read the family handbook at the beginning of the school year to familiarize your family with the many aspects of our academy.

The Social Center

What is theSocial Center?

The Social Center gives students an opportunity to socialize during school hours, to discuss their schoolwork with their peers, and to develop a spirit of friendship with other Academy students.

What can students discuss in theSocial Center?

The Social Center is a monitored, safe environment for our students and, as such, students are not permitted to share personal information about themselves with other students. No Internet-based environment can be considered 100% safe; therefore, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students. Addresses, phone numbers, screen names and personal family information should not be given out in the Social Center. Students are expected to observe all rules of etiquette and proper behavior befitting young men and women. Cursing, insults, excessive teasing, comments of a sexual nature and inappropriate language and expressions are all grounds for temporary suspension or permanent expulsion from the Social Center.  Students are not allowed to share websites of any kind in the Social Center, no matter what the content. 

How are students expected to get to know one another?

We understand that the desire for friendship among one another goes beyond the borders of the Academy, but we must insist that students adhere to the Social Center rules. The social activities of our students must be governed and managed by the student’s parents, not the school. Our obligation lies in maintaining each student’s safety and each family’s privacy.

Joy Directed Activities

What are Joy-Directed Activities?

Joy Directed Activity is the area for recording supplemental educational activities for which your student should be receiving attendance credit. For example, if your student is reading a specific book for school, and your local theatre is performing a play about the book, then time spent attending this play would be recorded here. Trips to the museum to learn about ancient artifacts, the duck pond to sketch the great outdoors, or your local botanical gardens to learn about plants in your area are all activities that might enforce school lessons. You may also include community service related activities and learning activities. This could be assisting the elderly, volunteer work, teaching a skill to someone else, performing, playing an instrument, or field trips to areas of interest. Learning a new skill, such as balancing a checkbook or baking/cooking something new could also be included here. These are educational opportunities and should be included in your student’s educational record. Physical Education activities, such as bowling, dancing, karate, fishing, hunting, swimming, walking, exercising on a treadmill, running for a cause or gardening can be entered here.

Do students get credit for participating in field trips?

Some assignments are field trips. They can be as simple as going outside for a walk to observe something or visiting a museum. Field trip assignments may require students to write a report on the trip, or the parent may simply enter the activity in the Joy Directed Activity log. The activity will then become a part of the student's permanent record.

The Raise Your Hand Feature (Teacher Support Classes Only)

What is the Raise Your Hand feature?

The “Raise-Your-Hand” feature, or Live Chat, is an exciting and unique way for our families and staff to communicate throughout the school day. Some may recognize this feature as “instant messaging.” However, it is so much more than that. When students log on to a classroom, they will see an icon of a hand along the right side of the page, with the words “Raise Your Hand.” Clicking on the hand, they will be shown a box wherein they can write a message to their Academic Counselor, who is their teacher. The Academic Counselor will respond and the student may ask their questions. This feature is strictly for communication betweens students, their parents, and Academic Counselors in an effort to answer questions quickly and efficiently. This allows students to move forward with their schoolwork, without the downtime associated with waiting for an answer to an e-mail. Students are free to ask as many questions as needed, as often as necessary. As you can imagine, this is an extremely popular feature! Therefore, we request that students be prepared to ask their question and absorb the answer in a non-distracting environment, as the Academic Counselors receive many, many requests every hour. They are not able to wait for the student while the student attends to a personal matter. The Academic Counselor will end the communication if this occurs, and the student may log on again when they are free to focus on the discussion at hand.
Additionally, the use of slang, internet language or internet writing is not acceptable when communicating with teachers on Live Chat.

The Academic Counselors (Teachers) With Teacher Support:

What is the function of an Academic Counselor?

Academic Counselors are responsible for accessing and handling student and parent communications about their classes and grading all free responses. They offer support to a student who is struggling, but students are not permitted to ask Academic Counselors to check answers to assignments or proofread a writing assignment before they submit it.
Additionally, Academic Counselors provide Class Announcements on topics of interest to their students.  Our academies employ a progressive method of team teaching, enabling the student to receive the very best in team coverage for all questions and problems they may have in their classes. If a student wishes to speak to an Academic Counselor, they may contact him or her through the Message Center or the Live Operator System.

Who is my student’s Academic Counselor?

The terms “teacher” and “Academic Counselor” are used interchangeably at our academies. Academic Counselors are highly familiar with the various courses and are the best equipped to deal with the questions and concerns of the students.  Many of our teachers have certification and degrees for the areas they are instructing.  They all share a love of education and are excited to be a part of online learning

What kind of certification do Academic Counselors have?

Learning by Grace hires Academic Counselors who are experts in their field and they posses strong language skills since all of their communication with students and parents is done in writing.  Many teachers possess state certification in the area they are teaching and many have degrees in their fields.  Our teachers must be technically proficient and understand online education.  Learning by Grace is reinventing education, which means finding new ways of doing things, and we are pleased to be able to examine closely the applicant's strengths and personality, in addition to knowing they have passed a test designed for teachers who teach in a traditional system.

How may I contact my student’s Academic Counselor?

There are two ways to contact your student’s Academic Counselor:  through the Message center and by the “Raise your Hand” feature.

Computer Requirements

What are the minimum computer requirements?

Here are the minimum recommended system requirements:

  • Windows XP or Greater
  • 1GB RAM
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • High-Speed Internet Connection

Will your program work with a Mac?

We do not guarantee Mac compatibility, although a lot of the software and videos work on Macs. In order to make certain everything is accessible; the student should have a Windows-based computer.

How can I read PDF (Acrobat) files?

You will need the free Acrobat reader. Please go to the following link, and follow the download instructions. get.adobe.com/reader

If I enroll more than one student, do they each need their own computer?

Not necessarily, but it is recommended.  Each student gets his/her own username and password with which to log in to school.  It is possible for them to share a computer as long as they use their individual logs in when doing their school work.  We recommend they each have their own computer so they can do school work at any time rather than having to schedule school time with each other

Do I need a printer?

Yes.  Some assignments have worksheets to print out and complete on paper.  Also, some students prefer to print their lessons and work on them offline rather than being on the computer.

Lesson Details

What is the most efficient way for my student to complete his/her lessons?

All students learn and process information differently.  Many students complete all work online.  We suggest, however, that all written assignments are done in a Word Processor and SAVED before submitting them to The Academy.  Many students have found success in printing tests first, working through the problems on paper, revising them, and then submitting the answers online as a final step.  We suggest you try different methods at the beginning of the school year to find what works best for your student, which is most likely dependent on their learning style.

What does it mean when an assignment is “weighted” or “unweighted”?

When an assignment is “weighted”, it means there is a grade for that assignment. Unlike a Discussion Board or Online Reading Assignment, which is completed by the student but for which no grade is given, weighted assignments are given a weight indicating to what degree the assignment will affect your grade.

I have an objection to my student completing an assignment. Is there a substitution?

With Teacher Support:
Because we are a private school, students must complete all assignments in all courses. No assignments are optional. Those assignments that remain incomplete will be graded with a “0” until they are completed. If you have a concern with a specific aspect of a subject, contact the Academic Counselor for that subject to discuss your concerns.
When deciding whether to skip an assignment, keep in mind:

  • the student’s future college/occupational goals and how the lack of knowledge may relate to those goals
  • other assignments throughout the year may depend on knowledge gained from the assignment you are thinking of skipping.

Without Teacher Support:
Our academy does not advocate a specific viewpoint and strives to give the parents as much control over their student’s educational experience as possible. Parents can choose to skip assignments they do not want their student to complete. Since students’ grades are compiled only on the actual assignments completed, and no zeros are given for incomplete assignments, parents need not fear their student’s grades will suffer from skipped assignments. Please keep your beliefs in mind when choosing which subjects you will enroll your student in.
When deciding whether to skip an assignment, keep in mind:

  • the student’s future college/occupational goals and how the lack of knowledge may relate to those goals
  • other assignments throughout the year may depend on knowledge gained from the assignment you are thinking of skipping.
  • any requirements imposed by your local school district, in terms of their expectations for completion of a course.  

Where can I comprehensively track what assignments my student has completed?

You can view your student’s Gradebook Details page by clicking “Student Gradebook” in the Student Tools bar on the right side of your Student Home Page (reached by clicking your student’s name from the Parent Tool Home page).

What is The Academy’s policy about doing assignments over?

With Teacher Support:
The Academy must uphold Academic Integrity and is responsible for holding students accountable for their actions.  We allow two assignments to be reset as “not completed” in each course during each academic year.  Reset assignments may then be resubmitted by the student.  Resets can only be requested by parents. Parents need to email their student’s teacher through their Parent Page, or call Member Services to explain the situation.   Ultimately, Academic Counselors have the final say if and when an assignment is reset and able to be resubmitted by the student.  We reserve the right for the teacher to refuse a reset request by a parent.  Resets are monitored and can be viewed on your Parent Page.

Without Teacher Support:
Because The Cambridge Academy parents do the grading, they are free to reset any assignment back to the “not completed” status at their choosing.  Reset assignments may then be resubmitted by the student. 

PE Requirements

What are The Cambridge Academy’s PE Requirements?

With Teacher Support:
The only time a student is required to log a certain number of hours is if the student is enrolled in our 9-12 Health and Physical Education course.  These students will need to be enrolled in a structured physical activity that would accumulate 40 hours throughout the school year.  The term “structured” denotes an activity for which students provide The Cambridge Academy with a letter from their coach or instructor noting their participation.  The hours spent on the activity should be logged as Joy Directed Activities.
To do so, the parent enters their parent password on the home page of their student’s Health/PE course. (Found on the right above “Enter a Joy Directed Activity”.) Input the activity and the time spent on the Joy Directed Activity form. Write a description of the activity and record the time spent in minutes. If your student spent an hour and a half participating in a structured game of soccer or swimming at the local YMCA, you would note this as “90 minutes”.

Without Teacher Support:
Because The Academy is a homeschooling curriculum provider, you need to follow your local area’s homeschooling laws regarding this. Since all states and localities have different requirements, there’s no way for us to answer this for you.  Talk with your state board of education or your local school district about this and attendance requirements for homeschoolers.

If my student completed his/her mandatory 40 hours of PE time over the summer,can I submit those hours for credit?

With Teacher Support:
Your student can only submit work while enrolled in our program.  If your student is currently enrolled in our school for the summer, he/she can submit any work done through the summer.  If a student is not enrolled in our summer program, he/she cannot submit the 40 hours of mandatory (structured) time completed in the summer. 

My student took gym at their previous high school, but not health.  Do they stillhave to complete your Heath and PE class?

With Teacher Support:
The Health and PE graduation requirement dictates thatBOTH Health and PE must be taken and mastered by the student in order to issue the credit.  Your student would still need to complete our Health and PE class in order to gain the full credit.  If your student’s previous high school awarded a credit or half credit for gym class they still need to complete our Health and PE class in order to earn the credit for Health that they need to meet graduation requirements.  You will need to submit an official transcript in order to transfer the PE credit.

Without teacher Support:
This depends on the local homeschooling requirements of your area.  Please check with your state department of education or your local school district to ensure you are taking the proper courses.

How can I receive credit for extracurricular activities?

With Teacher Support:
Students can receive high school Physical Education and attendance credit from The Academy for lessons taken during high school. The following must be true:

  • A written report from the lesson instructor or other report from a third party verifying the participation of the student or documentation such as photographs and/or other objective “evidence” that would confirm participation and progress as a result of the lessons.
  • The student must have taken the lessons when they were between the ages of 13 and 19 yearsOR
  • If the student is 12 or younger, a written letter from the instructor stating that the student is working at high school level.

Any extra curricular activity should be documented in the Joy Directed Activities section.  To do so, the parent enters the parent password on the home page of any one of the student’s courses. (Found on the right above “Enter a Joy Directed Activity”.) Input the activity and the time spent on the Joy Directed Activity form. Write a description of the activity and record the time spent in minutes. If your student spent an hour and a half participating in a structured game of soccer or swimming at the local YMCA, you would note this as “90 minutes”. These activities will count as time credits towards the student’s attendance.

Without Teacher Support:
Because The Academy is a homeschool curriculum provider and NOT a registered school, The Academy does not grant credits for school work completed.

Member Services

What is Member Services?

Member Services assist our families with technical questions. Enrollment and tuition issues, missing curriculum shipments, changes to a student’s roster, etc. are just some of the issues handled by Member Services.

How may I contact Member Services for help?

You can contact Member Services Monday- Friday 9am-7pm and Saturday 9am-5pm EST at 1(877) TCA-1994 or contact one of our representatives through our Live Help Chat at www.TheCambridgeAcademy.org

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