Getting the information you need about online high school
We know that you have questions. We want to provide you with as much information as possible to help you make informed decisions about your online high school education. To assist you, we have included a list of our most frequently asked questions. Simply click on the applicable question and you will be directed to the part of the page that addresses that particular issue.
If you do not find your question below, or would like further information, please contact an Admissions Representative at (800) 968-4034 and they will provide you with the information you need. We are available every step of the way!
Types of Paths
About the Classes
Types of Paths
What if I want to attend college?
If you plan to attend college, we can provide you with the online high school classes that prepare you for higher education. You will need to follow a specific academic path and satisfy requirements to meet prerequisites for college. This includes taking core and elective classes, as well as additional math, science and/or elective classes. Call an Admissions Representative for details!
Will I be prepared to start a career?
Yes, Allied provides you with valuable skills to enter the workforce. You can take different elective classes, including real estate, medical and business-related training. Virtual high school classes will enable you to begin an exciting entry-level job in a number of growing fields.
What if I only want to take one class?
You can take the one class you need from Allied. You might want to make up a class, take summer school, get a jumpstart on the school year, or take a class for your own interest or personal gain. You can easily transfer the credits to another high school.
Can I go to school part time?
Yes, you can enroll as a part time student. This includes taking one to three classes per semester. You can choose to take one or more classes for transfer credit or personal enrichment instead of enrolling in a full online high school diploma program.
How do I communicate with my teacher?
An important part of success with your online high school education is getting the assistance you need. If you have a question or need help, you can leave a message for your teacher through our help ticket system or voice mail system. You can also email your instructor at their Allied email address posted on the Staff Information page in Blackboard.
Hardware and Software Requirements
- PC Users: Windows 98 or Higher (Windows XP recommended)
- Macintosh Users: OS X operating system, Netscape Navigator 6.0 or Mozilla 1.6
- Word Processing Program (Microsoft Office 2000, XP, or 2003 recommended. Microsoft Office 2003 is required for any of the computer applications courses and may be purchased from Allied at an academic discount)
- 128MB RAM (256 or more is recommended)
- Dial-up or Broadband Internet Connection (DSL or cable recommended)
- Sound card with speakers (Foreign Language courses also require a microphone, a headset with microphone is recommended)
- Free Downloads:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 5.5 or later [download]
- Java 2 Runtime Environment [download]
- Adobe Acrobat Reader [download]
- Math and Science courses require one of the following:
- Word processing program with an equation editor
(found in Microsoft Word)
About the Classes
Will I get a diploma?
Yes, you will get an online high school diploma that is fully recognized upon graduation. This means that the diploma has the same value as any traditional high school diploma. It is valid and accepted at colleges, universities, vocational schools and businesses throughout the United States. It is also recognized by the military.
How does the program work?
Once you are enrolled, you will be assigned a username and password in our Learning Management System (Blackboard Academic Suiteô). This software will enable you to access your high school classes online. Simply log on and get started! The program allows you to customize your education. Create daily reminders for upcoming assignments, view class features and prerequisites, see your grades, and read announcements on the message board. You have all of the necessary resources at your fingertips!
Can I enroll in the program mid year?
Yes, you can enroll in online high school classes at Allied anytime throughout the year. There is rolling, open enrollment, which means that you can begin at any time. You will typically start with other new students, enabling you to participate in group discussions and interact with fellow class members.
What if I want to transfer to another school?
You can easily transfer any credits youíve earned at Allied to another high school. It simply involves filling out the proper paperwork. You need to get a Transfer of Credit Approval from the other school and submit the completed form to Allied.
What are the requirements for graduation?
Our virtual high school classes provide you with the necessary classes to easily transition from high school to vocational schools, colleges/universities, and the workplace. Graduation requirements will vary with the type of academic path. Basic requirements include:
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Can I get my GED through Allied?
No, you canít get your GED through Allied. However, you can get something that is much more valuable Ė an Allied National High School diploma. An ANHS diploma is fully recognized by colleges, universities, employers, and the military. By choosing to get your high school diploma online, you are choosing a superior education that will open the door to your future.
Are the courses the same as those at a traditional high school?
Yes, the curriculum is based on the same requirements as any traditional high school. You will find the same types of classes. There are comprehensive online high school courses in the areas of English, math, science, social science, foreign language, health, and fine arts, as well as many electives. An example of a schedule for a college-bound freshman would include: English 9, Algebra 1, World Geography & Cultures, Biology, Health/Life Skills and an elective.
How long does it take to finish a class?
You should plan on completing at least one lesson per week. If you find that you canít finish the lesson within a one-week period, you should contact your instructor for assistance. Most classes have approximately 18 lessons.
Can I attend class whenever I want?
Yes, you have access to the course materials 24/7. This is the biggest benefit of online high school education. Whether you choose to complete your lessons late at night or first thing in the morning, you can attend class whenever you choose. It's virtual high school! Simply log on, check for any announcements from your instructor and proceed!
How are exams taken?
Exams are taken online within the Blackboard interface. Each course exam is proctored and can be completed at the studentís home, the proctorís home, or a place of business.
What is a proctor?
A proctor is a person over the age of 21 who is not related to you that can monitor a student while they take an exam. The purpose of having a proctor is to make sure that all students exhibit academic integrity during the assessment process.
How is the science lab requirement completed?
Students purchase lab kits and they complete lab reports as part of their science lessons using the lab kits. Lab kits are available for purchase from http://www.labpaq.com/students-order.
Who will provide me with academic support?
Your instructors are here to assist you and will provide you with personal academic support as needed. Our student service representatives are also here to provide non-academic support services.
When should I expect my diploma upon completion?
Upon successful completion of all requirements, your high school diploma will be mailed. The time between completion and receipt of your diploma is usually 3-4 weeks.
Will I have to take my courses in a certain order?
No. However, most core courses have prerequisites that must be met prior to the next course in the series.
What is the course deadline/term?
Students are given six months from the day of enrollment to complete each semester course in which they are enrolled. Students can complete their courses in a shorter amount of time if they follow the recommendation of completing one lesson per week.
Are text books needed with Allied courses?
Yes, text books are needed for every course. Students can either rent a text book from the school library if available, or purchase the required textbook.
Are the courses all online?
Yes. Each course is delivered through an online platform known as Blackboard. Much of the course content appears online, while there is also a text book that accompanies each course. Science lab courses also require the purchase of a related lab kit.
Does Allied National High School accept transfer credits?
Yes. Our student services department will evaluate your transcript to determine the courses that can be transferred to our school while also developing a course plan of how many more courses are still needed to earn your diploma,
Can I take classes over the summer at Allied National High School?
Yes. Students may enroll in any of our courses during the summer and work at an advanced rate to meet their school of records deadline for the course completion. Most courses will require the completion of 2 or more assignments per week.
Can I take classes at ANHS and transfer them back to another school?
Yes. Students can have a school official at their school or record fill out a transfer of credit approval form (TCAF). Once we receive a signed TCAF the student may take the approved classes at our institution and transfer them back to their school of record.
What are the requirements to enroll?
All applicants will be considered for enrollment; however, students must have graduated from 8th grade or be at least 14 years of age to enroll in the Home School Program. Students who have been home-schooled and do not have an official transcript may take the SSAT exam. Students taking the SSAT must score at least 70% on the national norm to be admitted into our program.
Are there limits around how quickly or slowly I can finish a course?
Yes. You will have 6 months per semester to complete the courses in which you are enrolled. If additional time is needed you may contact Allied within the current enrollment for a one time 3-month extension. Should the student need additional time, or let the current enrollment lapse, a re-enrollment fee of $110 per course/per semester is applied to extend the course/semester 6 months.
Is there a certain amount of credits I will have to transfer to attend your school?
No. We will need to evaluate your transcript in order to place you in the course that best suits your educational level based on your post graduation plans.
What is the maximum amount of courses I can enroll in with Allied?
We recommend that students do not enroll in more than six courses per semester. Students enrolling in 4-6 courses are considered full-time students. Students enrolling in three courses or less are considered part-time.
Is there an age requirement to enroll with Allied?
No. If you are under the age of 18, it is required to have written permission from a parent/guardian to enroll. If you are over the age of 18, a parent/guardian signatures and / or approvals are not required.
As a parent, what are my responsibilities?
Inform your local school district that your child will be enrolled in a distance education environment through an accredited private school, and comply with your state home school laws if required. More information regarding your particular stateís compulsory attendance laws may be found at http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/default.asp .
How often should I check my studentís progress?
Parents are strongly encouraged to check their studentís progress at least one time every week. The more proactive parents are the more successful the students become in their studies.
Is Allied National High School Accredited?
Yes. We are regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI). Allied National High School is also nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
Is Allied National High School approved by the NCAA for college-bound student athletes?
Yes. Allied National High Schoolís course courses are approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
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