FAQ: General


What is the purpose of the diagnostic/placement test?

The diagnostic test is a tool to help in the placement of your student in our curriculum. It allows us to customize your student's program and identify any learning gaps if necessary.


Does my student have to take the diagnostic/placement test to enroll in the Academy?

Yes, our placement tests allow us to design the best possible curriculum for your student's needs. Unlike a standardized test, our placement test is based on our curriculum. Missed questions will identify learning gaps, which will allow your Liberty University Online Academy academic advisor to assign the specific material that your child needs.


Is there a transcript fee?

There is currently no fee for transcripts; however, this is subject to change.


Do you offer achievement testing?

Yes. We are pleased to offer our students the Stanford 10 Online testing every Spring.


Do you know my particular state's home schooling requirements?

No, parents are responsible to know their own state's home school laws. You may call your state home school organization for this information, or go to www.hslda.org.


How do LUOA students perform on achievement testing?

Students who perform well in Liberty University Online Academy curriculum will generally receive above-average scores on achievement testing.


I have just pulled my student out of a public school, what do I do now?

States have different home-schooling requirements, so we recommend contacting your local home schooling organization as well as the Home School Legal Defense Association at www.hslda.org to find out what your state's home schooling laws are.


What electives are available for first through eighth grades?

There are some elective courses available for elementary students such as Spanish, however electives are not as necessary in these grades as they are in the ninth through twelfth grades. 


What does the Academy tuition cover?

The tuition covers the curriculum, teacher access, academic advising, and all academic services such as library access, transcripts, accreditation and graduation.


Can I enroll in Liberty University Online Academy if I live in another country?

Liberty University Online Academy offers online distance learning to students all over the world. Student work is then transmitted online for the Academy to grade and record. All a student needs is access to a computer with internet connection!


How does the Academy accommodate students who are a grade level behind in one or two of their subjects?

Based on the placement test results and transfer credits, our admissions counselors will determine the academic level of your student and customize the program accordingly. If your student is behind and needs to catch up, we can create a customized subject to help. Similarly, if your student is advanced, the appropriate level in each subject will be assigned. However, no student is permitted to skip a grade.


Can my student also take classes outside of the Academy for credit?

Outside courses are allowed, but must be pre-approved by the Academy and meet specific requirements.


Do you offer an official transcript for outside courses that are approved for Academy credit?

The credit will show on our transcript as a transfer credit with the school name from which the credit was transferred from, or as a "home school" course if the course was administered by the parent.


Will your program prepare my student for college?

Liberty University Online Academy's course of study is designed to prepare students for entrance to most universities and colleges. Due to the fact that each college or university has its own entrance requirements, the student will want to consult with the school of his or her choice in order to tailor a high school program which meets specific requirements of that institution.


Will the credits be accepted if my student transfers to another school?

Liberty University Online Academy's transcript is accepted by most high schools; each school can accept or reject any transfer credits. If you anticipate a transfer to a local high school in the future, we recommend contacting the high school to verify that all credits will be accepted towards graduation.


Can I get a refund if this doesn't work?

Families who elect to send their children to LUOA enter into a contractual agreement with the school; therefore, they are obligated to pay full tuition as contracted either in a monthly payment plan or full tuition payment. Should the family need to withdraw the student at any time during the school year, the LUOA Administration must approve to break their contract. If the contract is broken, the family’s tuition is prorated in the following manner, withdrawal in any month from day 1-30(1) the full month’s tuition is charged. The obligation for future monthly tuition payments are eliminated. Families who have made full year payment will receive a prorated refund based on the last day of the month enrolledThe family is also charged a $50 withdrawal fee.


How long does a student have to be enrolled at the Academy to receive a diploma?

Twenty-six credits are required to graduate. If your student is transferring from another school, your student will need to complete a minimum of one full year, or 5 credits, with the Academy. If your student has been home-schooled, additional credits may be required if proper documentation cannot be provided for previous coursework.


What do I do if I have been home schooling and don't have any transcripts for my student?

Diagnostic testing may verify enough knowledge to give credit, if you can prove that your student has taken the course. We usually recommend sending as much information as possible in the way of test scores, records, copies of tests, lessons plans, attendance records, etc., for the admissions counselor to evaluate when setting up a high school academic program.


If you have been a homeschooling parent you will need to provide a transcript. As you prepare your home-schooling records, you should reflect all courses completed, credits earned or hours spent, and the letter grade earned. Try to organize chosen courses according to grade level, even if it doesn't conform to the exact format or time frame of your educational process. The more recognizable you can make your transcripts the easier it is for our guidance office to review them. Below we have provided an example of an acceptable transcript.

Sample transcript


Nondiscriminatory Policy

Liberty University Online Academy admits students of any race, ethnic origin, gender, or nationality. The academy does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis or race, ethnic origin, gender, creed, nationality, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.