We know that the two most important questions for families considering our online academy are “What will I learn?” and “How does it work?” We’ve created resources that answer these questions so that you can make an informed decision.
WHAT WILL I LEARNHOW DOES IT WORK
If you’re here, you’re probably trying to determine whether Liberty University Online Academy is the best fit for your family. We’re excited to show you all that our school has to offer – like quality, support, and an unwavering commitment to biblical ethics. Here you’ll find important information about your role as an LUOA parent, types of support you’ll receive from our teachers and advisors, the structure of our online courses, student and parent testimonials, and more. We want to provide you with a comprehensive overview of what the LUOA school process looks like, so you can make the choice that will most benefit you and your child(ren).
Enrollment requires 7 main steps. You will only be asked to complete 2 of those steps – submitting an application and completing Financial Check-In. We will take it from there and complete the remaining steps for you! You will then be provided with the information and access your child needs to begin their coursework.
Our courses are designed to offer the best of a homeschool, private school, and Bible-based education all rolled into one. At LUOA, we seek to provide structured yet flexible programs that ensure your child is receiving a quality education while allowing the freedom of a customizable school schedule.
Explore some of the details of our course structure below:
Online, Multimedia-Enriched Curriculum
With the exception of some school supplies and offline activities, the vast majority of our K-12 curricula and resources are available 100% online. As long as you have a reliable Internet connection, your child can complete their coursework from anywhere in the world! There are many reasons why you may choose online schooling – but no matter what your circumstances are, we seek to provide the resources, support, and quality that you need to ensure your child thrives in school.
Our online curriculum is text-based and filled with multimedia elements to keep students engaged with the material they are learning. Classes may include videos, games, virtual flashcards, and interactive maps – all with the goal of helping your child retain information while enjoying the learning process.
At LUOA, you can fit school around your family’s life and have your child complete assignments on a schedule that works for you. We understand that life can get busy, and there may be times when your child needs to take a step back from school or submit assignments outside of “normal” school hours. LUOA’s flexible courses account for this and allow you to determine what will best meet your unique needs as a family.
Since our standard classes do not have live sessions, you won’t have to worry about your child missing out or falling behind if something comes up – you can simply log in and access all aspects of the curriculum when it’s convenient for you. And, as long as coursework is completed by the scheduled end date,* you can tailor your student’s school schedule as needed.
*Please note: Most courses are either 22 weeks (semester) or 41 weeks (full year) long. While assignment due dates are flexible throughout the course, all assignments must be submitted by the course end date. Additionally, students may not go more than 30 days without submitting an assignment in any course(s).
Biblical Integration and Ethics
There are many options for online education – but part of what sets LUOA apart is our commitment to offering a curriculum that is grounded in biblical truth. We seek to uphold certain key values and help our students flourish – which we do by teaching from a biblical worldview, providing opportunities for students to grow spiritually, and equipping students to impact the world for Christ.
In keeping with our vision statement, we seek to help students grow in their faith in Jesus and understand how a Christian worldview impacts every discipline that they study. Our goal is to come alongside and support you, the parent, as you train your child to become a Christ-centered individual with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world. That’s why our curriculum includes religion and Bible classes at every grade level – and even in the non-religion classes, you can rest assured that your child will be taught in accordance with Christian principles and given a world-class education that doesn’t compromise their faith or morals.
As an LUOA parent, you will play an active role in your child’s education – which is why it’s important for you to know what is taught in our classes. Below you’ll find links to itemized lists of the subjects your child will study at each grade level. That way, you can see firsthand exactly what your child will be learning in our curriculum, so you can be confident that they are receiving an education of the highest quality.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MIDDLE SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL
LUOA’s unique blend of homeschool and private school learning allows you, the parent, to take an active role in your child’s education – but not all alone. As the parent of an LUOA student, you have the important responsibility to help motivate your student, keep them on track with assignment due dates, and regularly check their progress throughout their courses. By participating in your child’s learning process and knowing what they are learning in their curriculum, you can make sure they are receiving an education that best fits their needs, strengthens their faith, and equips them for the future.
Your involvement in your child’s education may look different as they reach higher grade levels. A 1st grader, for instance, will require more assistance than a 12th grader. Here are some examples of what your role as an educator may look like at different levels:
LUOA is here to partner with you as you take charge of your child’s education. We offer many different resources and staff support options so that you won’t have to go it alone in helping your child learn and thrive in school.
At LUOA, we use a 4-pronged approach to facilitate student success:
Our team of advisors can help you keep your student(s) on track, offer support in creating and arranging schedules, answer questions about recordkeeping and transcripts, and come alongside you as you plan for your child’s future.
All LUOA courses are both self-guided and teacher-guided – which means your child will primarily work through the curriculum on their own (with your involvement) while having access to their course teachers through regular office hours, messaging, and interactive comments on assignments and videos.
In other words, you will be your child’s main educator. But you won’t be alone. Our course teachers are here to provide an additional layer of support, which includes grading assignments and answering student questions.
At LUOA, we have 2 main types of teachers: course teachers and lead teachers. Course teachers handle the day-to-day aspects of grading and communicating with students.
Our lead teachers can answer questions about our curriculum and provide extra support for parents and course teachers of students who are struggling in their classes. Lead teachers offer resources for helping students succeed in areas where they may need additional help – and they are available to contact via email and phone.
We don’t just provide a high-quality academic curriculum – we also have numerous opportunities for students to grow spiritually through Bible studies, student clubs, and encouraging blog and social media posts.
Our courses are led by experienced teachers, all of whom are either licensed in their state, certified by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), or hold an advanced degree in their subject area. They assess student work, leave comments on assignment submissions, and give students and families the option to request online conferences in order to receive extra support in a given class. Not only that, but they can create helpful, teacher-made videos that are designed to address questions asked by students – as well as areas where the teacher is seeing students struggle in their courses.
Students who need additional help understanding the course material can connect with subject specialists in areas such as math, science, English, and history. That way, your child can get specialized help in a particular subject and focus on specific areas of improvement.
See what some of our current and former students and parents have to say about our program! You can also visit our Graduate Profiles page to see where some of our alumni have gone on to college, the majors they have declared, and the collegiate scholarships they’ve received.
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For more information regarding what to expect with the Online Academy, please refer to our FAQs page.