FAQ: Online Format
What computer skills does my child need?
Check out our digital literacy requirements here.
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 messaging 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.
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 required.
When can my student start?
You can enroll your student(s) every two weeks throughout the year, excluding holidays. 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, an entrace assessment exam and course scheduling.
Will my Internet filter cause any problems?
If you have an Internet service provider that allows you to set a filter, you will need to set the filter to the lowest level to access the school curriculum.
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 through the process of claiming his or her account.
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 entrance assessment exam for language arts and mathematics including review of any IEP/504 documentation. 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 schooling online 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.
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. Twice a month you will receive a 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 student's academic advisor for assistance.
How does the student communicate with an Academy teacher?
The student can communicate with their Academy teachers in two ways. The first is through the messaging system in the curriculum and the second is through submission comment boxes built into the curriculum. Please note that if you are contacting a teacher about grading, teachers have 48 hours to grade an assignment. If you are contacting a teacher about a lesson question, teachers have 24 hours to respond. Students may also contact a subject specialist by phone at 866-418-8741 (option 4) Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 EST.
Does LUOA periodically send report cards or progress reports?
Yes, twice a month a progress report is sent via email to each student's parents by the student's academic advisor. However, it is suggested that parents continuously monitor their students work through their parent observer account. 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 entrance assessment exam 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. Since projects are much larger than daily assignments, teachers are given an extended time to grade projects.
What can I do to improve my student's penmanship if all the work is done on the computer?
In the elementary and middle school curriculum, students will have quite a few worksheets that will be handwritten and then scanned in to the curriculum. If you would like your student to do more penmanship work have the student do the assignments and projects on paper for the handwriting practice and then type the work into the curriculum page.
Does my student need advanced typing skills 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?
Students in grades K-8 have worksheets that will be printed out, completed, and then scanned back in to the curriculum. 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.