FAQ: Online Format
What is the parent's role?
The parent is seen as the primary teacher, partnered with the Academy support staff. This is a powerful combination. Parental involvement as the primary* teacher is necessary to ensure your student's success. *Primary, meaning "first in line." Parents also serve as the primary source in holding students accountable for progressing in their courses. As the primary teacher, you are your child's "first-responder" with help for academic questions. Next in line is your Academy teacher who will help through the built-in memo pads for student/teacher correspondence. Liberty University Online Academy teachers are available to students and parents for (real-time/live-voice) additional assistance via telephone when needed.
What is a typical school day like?
You arrange the school day as you see fit. You may have your student do all the work in one sitting or space it out over the day. Time spent on the computer will vary depending on your school calendar, the number of subjects that have been assigned, and the student's understanding level of the course material. Generally, a student taking a full course load spread over a 180-day (not counting weekends and holidays) school year will spend three to five hours a day on the computer.
Do the parents set up the lesson plans & Academic calendar?
No, the academy sets up the student's school calendar at the beginning of the school year based upon the students courses. Based on this calendar, the computer will divide the entire course into a lesson plan. The calendar can be adjusted through the year to allow for unplanned events, illness, or planned vacations by contacting the students academic advisor.
How much time does the student have to finish the school year?
Each student is given a maximum of one calendar year (12 months) to complete one school year's course work.
Is it better to have two computers if there are two Academy students in the same family?
If you have two (or more) students working in our computer-based courses, it makes it easier for your students to have two (or more) computers, but it is not required. If there will be two students working on one computer, we recommend having one student complete his or her work in the morning, and the other in the afternoon. If there are more than two students in the same family enrolled in the Academy, an additional computer is a necessity.
When can my student start?
You can enroll your student(s) any day of the year. Our flexible program accommodates students at any time of the year - enroll when it's convenient for your student.
How long does the enrollment process take?
From October to June, the entire enrollment process takes approximately two to four weeks to complete. From July to September, the process takes approximately four to six weeks to complete. The enrollment process includes online registration, transcript processing, placement testing, and program placement.
Will my Internet filter cause any problems?
If you have an Internet service provider that allows you to set a filter (e.g., AOL), you will need to set the filter to the lowest level (e.g., parent level) to access the school curriculum. Third-party filters (software filters) will work satisfactorily with the Academy's distance learning software.
Does my student have to be connected to the Internet while doing schoolwork?
Yes. Our curriculum is internet based and accessed via our website by a username and password assigned to each student once registration has been completed.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes, payment plans are made available to students. The total tuition is divided into 10 equal monthly payments for a full year registration or 5 equal payments if enrolled for only one semester. This option is selected during online financial check-in after registration is completed. Please know that a one-time $45 payment plan participation fee will incur on any student account in a payment plan.
How does the Academy work with a student who has a learning disability, such as ADD or ADHD?
In many cases, a child with a learning disability can be placed in the curriculum level that is recommended by our admissions counselors according to the results of the placement test for language arts and mathematics. Please be aware that LUOA is not staffed to work with learning disabled children who are incapable of independent progress or who must be assisted by tutors in performing remedial academics.
What should I do if my student misses a scheduled day of work? Do we need to notify the Academy?
One of the benefits of home schooling is the flexibility of the schedule. With the Online Academy, you have the flexibility to change your schedule when it becomes necessary. You do not need to notify the Online Academy of a school day that has been missed. If your student will not be working for a week or more, we recommend informing the Academy and updating your school calendar.
How often should I check my student's progress?
We encourage parents to take an active role in their student's education. Parents are essential in actively teaching and working with the student throughout the lessons and we encourage daily review of student progress. Your involvement is critical to your student's success. Each month you will receive a monthly progress report from your student's academic advisor, reviewing their progress and grades. If you need help interpreting scores, answering questions, providing additional instruction to your student, please call your students academic advisor for assistance.
How does the student communicate with an Academy teacher?
The student can communicate with an Academy teacher in two ways. The first is through the writing of messages left in the memo pads and "message from student" boxes built into the curriculum, and are sent through the Internet with the student's work. The second is by phone when necessary.
Does LUOA periodically send report cards or progress reports?
Yes, each month a progress report is sent via email to each students parents by the students academic advisor. However since several weeks pass between each report, it is suggested that parents continuously monitor their students work. If an official grade report is needed, we will send one upon request.
Can I enroll my student for just one course?
Yes. You simply fill out an application and speak with an admissions counselor to request the course(s) you wish for your student to take. If your student plans to earn a high school diploma through the Academy, he or she should register as a full-time student with the usual placement testing and program planning.
How quickly will my student's work be graded?
Our teachers have 24-48 hours (with the exception of weekends and holidays) to review and grade each student's daily assignments.
What can I do to improve my student's penmanship if all the work is done on the computer?
If you would like your student to do more penmanship work have the student do the projects on paper for the handwriting practice and then type the work into the curriculum project page.
Does my student need to be able to type to be successful?
Though typing skills are an advantage, many students develop these skills throughout the course of their study with us.
Is there any work that is not completed on the computer?
Projects that are accomplished away from the computer include science experiments, as well as research papers for Language Arts, History, and Bible. Also, in grades 7 through 12, our Language Arts courses include reading and evaluating printed novels, plays, and biographies.