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Academy Basics
Academic Schedule
Home Schooling Regulations
Attendance
Completion of High School
Special Needs
Tuition and Other Costs
Registration and Enrollment
Course Offerings and Selection
Curriculum Materials – Ebooks, CDs, and Supplemental Materials
Curriculum Overview
Grading, Grade Records, and Transcripts
Academic Achievement
Using the Academy System
Homeroom Features
The Social Center
Joy Directed Activities
The Raise Your Hand Feature (Teacher Support Classes Only)
The Academic Counselors (Teachers)
Computer Requirements
Lesson Details
PE Requirements
Member Services

Academy Basics

What is The Cambridge Academy?   
Is The Cambridge Academy an accredited or licensed school?
Since your Academy is accredited, does that mean it offers credits?
At what age can my student start?
What academic resources are included with my enrollment?
What is the parent's role?
What is meant by “parent-led”?
What is meant by “teacher-led” or “teacher-supported”?
If we don’t like online learning, are we committed to the entire year?

Academic Schedule

When does theschool year begin?
What is a typical daily schedule at the academy like?
We live in a different time zone! How will this work?

Home Schooling Regulations

How can I find out what my state’s homeschooling requirements are?  
Can the Academy help me register with my local school district?  
My state does not accept your accreditation.  What do you suggest I do?
How does The Cambridge Academy work with homeschooling regulations?

Attendance

What are the attendance requirements?
How will my student meet the attendance requirements?
Is there a specific time my student must be online each day?
How much time should my student spend online every day?  
Where can we track our student’s attendance records?

Completion of High School

What are your private academy’s graduation/credit requirements? 
What is the policy for a student graduating and receiving a diploma from The Cambridge Academy?
Can I transfer my student’s credits from a previous high school?
What is the fee associated with transferring credits?
How many years must my child attend your academy in order to graduate with a high school diploma?

Special Needs

Do you accept students with special education needs?
Does your program work well for gifted students?
Will your program work for my dyslexic student?
How do students with ADD/ADHD perform with your program?

Tuition and Other Costs

What is the tuition for the academic year?
When are tuition payments due?
How do the tuition fees change if I enroll more than one student?
What other fees do I have to pay?
What is the additional cost per student to attend The Cambridge Academy, in addition to tuition?
How do I remit my tuition?

Registration and Enrollment

How do I register my student for The Cambridge Academy?
How long will it take to enroll my student?
How will I know if my student has been accepted at The Cambridge Academy?
How do I remit my application/registration fee?  
Is the application/registration fee refundable?
What is included when we enroll?
What if a student disenrolls after the first 30 days?
What does it mean to be a part-time student verses a full-time student?
If we withdraw after enrollment, but before the school year begins, which monies will be refunded?
What are the Health Forms and why am I required to return them?
I registered but have changed my mind. I did not pay any money yet. Do I have to disenroll?

Course Offerings and Selection

Where can we view all the available courses?
How is my student placed in a course?
What kinds of placement tests are available?
What is the cost of placement tests?
When is course selection for 6th – 12th grade?
Can we change a course once we have registered our student?
Can my student select courses from different grade levels?
What if my student finishes a course early and wants to move on?
Is there a time limit on completing a course or assignment?
Will my student fail if all assignments are not completed by the end of the year?

Curriculum Materials – Ebooks, CDs, and Supplemental Materials

What are the costs for the books and materials?
Where can I find books or materials that I need to purchase?
What are ebooks ?
Must I return the CDs if I drop a course?
Will I receive a refund of the CD Usage Fee if I drop a course?
What materials must be returned at the end of the year?
Where do I return the materials?

Curriculum Overview

What is online learning like?
What is the curriculum like?
Who writes the lesson plans?
Can we view all of the online learning coursework before we commit?
What kinds of assignments are there and how does my student complete them?
How do tests and quizzes work?
Can I print out the lessons for review while off the Internet?

Grading, Grade Records, and Transcripts

What is the grading structure?
How can I track the academic progress of my student?
How can we view our student’s grades?
Who is responsible for grading my student’s work?
How do I grade my student’s work?
What is a transcript?
How do I receive a transcript?  
What is a grade record?
How do I receive a grade record?
Why doesn’t my student’s grade record have credits on it?
Will my student be sent a report card at the end of every quarter?
Will my student be sent a final report card grade at the end of the school year?
What are portfolios? Why would I need one?
How do I receive a portfolio?
What record will I have of my student’s work?
Do we still have access to the grade book, timelog, and the school record after the year is over?

Academic Achievement

Are all the assignments at The Cambridge Academy “Open Book”?
How does The Cambridge Academy work on an “Honors” system? What keeps my student from looking at past assignments while taking a test?
What is The Cambridge Academy’s policy on Plagiarism?

Using the Academy System

What is the Parent password / username?
What should I do if I forget my password/username?
How will the Academy contact me with important news and information?
I have a new e-mail. How do I change it in the system?

Homeroom Features

What is the Message Center?
What is Study Hall?
What is a Time Log?
What is the Family Handbook?

The Social Center

What is the Social Center? 
What can students discuss in the Social Center?
How are students expected to get to know one another?

Joy Directed Activities

What are Joy-Directed Activities?  
Do students get credit for participating in field trips?

The Raise Your Hand Feature (Teacher Support Classes Only)

What is the Raise Your Hand feature?

The Academic Counselors (Teachers)

What is the function of an Academic Counselor?
Who is my student’s Academic Counselor?
What kind of certification do Academic Counselors have?
How may I contact my student’s Academic Counselor?

Computer Requirements

What are the minimum computer requirements?
Will your program work with a Macintosh?
How can I read PDF (Acrobat) files?
If I enroll more than one student, do they each need their own computer?
Do I need a printer?

Lesson Details

What is the most efficient way for my student to complete his/her lessons?
What does it mean when an assignment is “weighted” or “unweighted”?
I have an objection to my student completing an assignment. Is there a substitution?
Where can I comprehensively track what assignments my student has completed?
What is The Academy’s policy about doing assignments over?

PE Requirements

What are The Cambridge Academy’s PE Requirements?
If my student completed his/her mandatory 40 hours of PE time over the summer, can I submit those hours for credit?
My student took gym at his/her previous high school, but not health. Does he/she still have to complete your Heath and PE class?
How can I receive credit for extracurricular activities?

Member Services

What is Member Services?
How may I contact Member Services for help?

Academy Basics

What is The Cambridge Academy?

With Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is an independent private school, accredited by the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance and registered with the Florida Department of Education. This accreditation and compliance with all applicable Florida laws allow us to offer the wonderful curriculum and online delivery which meets or exceeds various U.S., state and local standards. The Cambridge Academy offers the most comprehensive online private education program available. Credits can be transferred and awarded, transcripts can be issued and students can receive a diploma from the academy upon successful completion of the high school requirements. For a comprehensive overview of the academy program, please visit www.TheCambridgeAcademy.org.

Without Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is accredited through the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance, and is a curriculum provider for PreK-12 homeschoolers. Daily lessons with videos, pictures, coloring pages, recipes, websites, and audio links keep preschoolers engaged and help them to develop an early love of learning. For K-12 students, The Cambridge Academy offers curriculum of up to six courses, including online daily assignments, a customized calendar, automatic grading of most tests, answer keys, and a community message board. Most importantly, The Cambridge Academy is a complete, parent-led homeschooling resource. The parent as teacher heads all classes and teaches all subjects, and has the use of parent-password-protected answer keys. While many assignments are graded automatically, others are graded directly by the parents, enabling the parent to have control over the student’s grades, while maintaining daily support and guidance to insure their student’s academic progress and success. If any issues or problems occur, you may contact Member Services at 1-(887)-TCA-1994. The Cambridge Academy does not award/transfer credits, issue transcripts, or award high school diplomas. All attendance/graduation requirements are mandated by your local school district. For more information please visit www.TheCambridgeAcademy.org.

Is The Cambridge Academy an accredited or licensed school?

With Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is accredited by the National Association of Private Schools Accreditation Alliance and is registered with the Florida Department of Education.

Without Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is accredited with the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance. We are a fully registered organization and maintain the status of a homeschooling resource center and curriculum provider. Those who subscribe to The Cambridge Academy look to their state and local school district laws for oversight.

Since your Academy is accredited, does that mean it offers credits?

With Teacher Support:
Accreditation means that our program was approved by an official education agency.  Accreditation does not mean our academy can grant credits.  Programs can be accredited and not grant credits for coursework completed. 

Offering credits means that the school is a registered school that has the authority from the state to give credit for successful completion of a course.  Since our academy is a registered private school, credits are awarded for the completion of courses. 

Without Teacher Support:
Accreditation means that our program was approved by an official education agency.  Accreditation does not mean our academy can grant credits. Programs can be accredited and not grant credits for coursework completed. 

Offering credits means that the school is a registered school that has the authority from the state to give credit for successful completion of a course.  Since our academy is only a homeschool curriculum provider, and not a registered school, no credits are awarded for the completion of courses. 

At what age can my student start?

With Teacher Support:
Students grow at different rates and the starting age should be different as well. If you feel your student(s) may benefit from The Cambridge Academy, they may enroll at any age. The average age to begin Kindergarten is 5 years and students cannot enroll in The Academy for any grade level after the age of 18.

Without Teacher Support:
Students grow at different rates and the starting age should be different as well. If you feel your student(s) may benefit from The Academy, they may enroll at any age. The average age to begin Kindergarten is 5 years old.  We encourage you to consult the mandatory attendance regulations in your state.

What academic resources are included with my enrollment?

With Teacher Support:
Academic resources and features include:

  • Partnership with The Cambridge Academy
  • A comprehensive selection of grade-appropriate courses covering many academic topics, including exciting electives. Choose up to 6 each year.
  • Textbooks, workbooks and offline activities
  • Academic Counselors, available for an unlimited number of questions through the Message Center and our online Live Operator system
  • A Curriculum Development Team who creates assignments, tests, quizzes and projects
  • Member Services who assist with day-to-day billing and technical questions
  • Record keeping programs that will provide necessary documentation to verify enrollment, attendance and instructional time in the program.
  • Students are awarded credits, issued transcripts and earn a High School diploma upon fulfilling all Academy requirements. 

Without Teacher Support:
Academic resources and features include:

  • Partnership with The Academy
  • A comprehensive selection of grade-appropriate courses covering many academic topics, including exciting electives. Choose up to 6 each year.
  • Textbooks, workbooks and offline activities
  • A Curriculum Development Team who creates assignments, tests, quizzes and projects
  • Member Services assisting every school day with billing and technical questions
  • Record keeping programs that will provide necessary documentation to verify enrollment, attendance and instructional time in the program.

Because regulations vary from state to state, we urge parents to participate in and adhere to local homeschooling regulations that may apply.

What is the parent's role?

With Teacher Support:
Because The Cambridge Academy is an online private school, it provides comprehensive lessons, teacher instruction, grading, and record keeping.  Since students are learning at home, The Cambridge Academy depends upon parents to ensure that their student is attending class each day and will meet all attendance requirements required by private school law.  We also encourage parents to foster extra-curricular activities for their students.

Without Teacher Support:
The first and primary teacher of every student is the parent(s). We have taken all of the busy work out of homeschooling by providing a complete solution from which parents can pick and choose, including Academic Counselors available every school day via the Message Center and our online Live Operator system. Our goal is to allow parents the time to really enjoy teaching and learning with their students while being freed from the anxiety of having to create a comprehensive educational program from scratch.

What is meant by “parent-led”?

With Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is supported by teachers, so it is not parent-led.  Parent-led academies do not provide academic support; therefore, the parents serve as the teachers, doing all instruction and grading required for the school year.

Without Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is a complete, parent-led homeschooling resource. The parent as teacher heads all classes and teaches all subjects, with guidance from Cambridge staff as needed and the use of parent-password-protected answer keys. While many assignments are graded automatically, others are graded directly by the parent, providing the parent with an integrated balance of control over the student’s grades and staff support and guidance as needed to insure the student’s academic progress and success.

What is meant by “teacher-led” or “teacher-supported”? ***

With Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is a teacher-led private school. Academic Counselors (teachers) teach all subjects, assisting parents in guiding their students to successful completion. While many assignments are graded automatically, others are graded directly by the Academic Counselors. Because The Cambridge Academy is a private school, all students must adhere to private school regulation.  Parents are encouraged to remain active in their student’s day to day school activities.

Without Teacher Support:
Teacher-led academies offer academic support through teachers.  The Cambridge Academy is not teacher-led; it is entirely led by parents, which provides parents with ultimate control over their student’s home education. Parents are responsible for all instruction and grading required throughout the school year.

If we don’t like online learning, are we committed to the entire year?

Families who withdraw within the first 30 days are obligated for the first tuition payment, registration fee and shipping charges. These charges are not refunded. However, the CD Usage Fee will be refunded when the CDs are returned. Those who withdraw after the 30-day period are obligated for the entire yearly tuition as well as the above outlined additional charges. The CD Usage Fee will not be refunded. This 30-day period is provided to give families the chance to see if online learning / homeschooling suits their needs.

Academic Schedule

When does the school year begin?

The Cambridge Academy has rolling enrollment of 365 days of the year.  There is no set beginning to the school year.  Students will have 365 days from the date of enrollment to complete their assignments.

What is a typical daily schedule at the academy like?

All daily lessons are delivered online via our secure school site.  Students log in to the computer each day to their Homeroom, which stores all of their classes and lessons.  They go into the Classroom (course) that they would like to work in, and then click on the lessons they need to complete.  Lessons are written to the student (not the parent, or class, etc.) and contain about 45 minutes of work.  Lessons are comprised of content readings, engaging activities, colorful graphics, animated materials, and the infusion of multimedia, such as digitized sound and videos. 
Families are in charge of their own daily schedule. Students can do all their work at one time, or can space it throughout the day. Some students enjoy working on one subject each day, while others enjoy moving though all of their subjects every day. The Academy has a mixture of online and offline assignments.  Middle and high school students typically spend 2 to 4 hours online per day and elementary students spend about half that time. The student’s schedule can be easily adjusted to accommodate family matters, extracurricular activities and unexpected events such as illness, still leaving plenty of time for the student to complete all courses within the 365-day period.
Distance education is quickly transforming education as we know it!

We live in a different time zone! How will this work?

With Teacher Support:
That’s the beauty of virtual schooling! Almost everything at the academy is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You have access to your classes to complete your work anytime you are most comfortable, even at night! Cambridge Academy students may email Academic Counselors anytime. (Of course, emails are only reviewed during normal school hours, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, EST) Please note that the Live Operator (or Raise-Your-Hand) feature is available from 9:00 am to 5:00pm, EST.

Without Teacher Support:
That’s the beauty of virtual schooling! Almost everything at the academy is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You have access to your classes to complete your work anytime you are most comfortable, even at night!

Home Schooling Regulations

How can I find out what my state’s homeschooling requirements are?

With Teacher Support:
Because The Cambridge Academy is a registered private school, your student should be registered as a private school student in your state, not as a homeschool student.

Without Teacher Support:
You should contact your local school district to learn about your state’s homeschooling requirements.


Can the Academy help me register with my local school district?

With Teacher Support;
Because The Cambridge Academy is a registered private school, your student should be registered as a private school student in your state.

Without Teacher Support:
Our Academy cannot participate in discussions with your local officials regarding local or state laws in your locality. This is the responsibility of a parent upon choosing homeschooling for the student. A number of states require that parents submit samples of a home schooled student's work every year, called a Portfolio. Our system allows parents to keep full and complete records of both online lessons and offline activities, such as field trips and community service activities. Parents will have access to the time log and gradebook buttons on their parent page until the 365th day, so that these records can be printed at any time during the calendar year.

My state does not accept your accreditation.  What do you suggest I do?

Your state cannot actually prevent you from homeschooling, so even though it may not recognize our academy, it has no authority to prevent you from choosing the curriculum provider you deem appropriate for your student.

How does Academy work with homeschooling regulations?

With Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy is a private independent K-12 school. Our curriculum is accredited by the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance and is fully registered with the Florida Department of Education. Because of our private school status, students enrolled in The Cambridge Academy must follow our assignments, procedures, and requirements.  Instruction is delivered through the Internet and includes a combination of online and offline components, including e-texts, traditional textbooks, workbooks, CD-ROMs and other interactive multimedia.

Attendance

What are the attendance requirements?

With Teacher Support:
Cambridge Academy students are expected to work diligently and consistently on their school work.
The Cambridge Academy is registered in the State of Florida. As such, we require all students (even if residing in another state) to fulfill Florida’s Education Code which requires that students complete the following amount of hours in a given school year:
(a) Kindergarten: Five hundred forty (540) net instructional hours.
(b) Grades 1-3: Seven hundred twenty (720) net instructional hours.
(c) Grades 4-12: Nine hundred (900) net instructional hours.

The Cambridge Academy considers net instructional hours to be the sum of your logged Instructional Time as recorded in your timelog/gradebook plus your logged Joy Directed Activity time.
If a student does not meet these attendance requirements, he/she will not pass the grade and will be forced to repeat the grade level.
If medical or family issues arise that may cause the student to miss an extended amount of school, a letter must be emailed to The Cambridge Academy member services department (MemberServices@TheCambridgeAcademy.org) with verification of the issue.  All medical and family issues are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Without Teacher Support:
Since our academy is a homeschool curriculum provider, you must adhere to your state’s attendance requirements.  We strongly encourage you to discuss these issues with your school district and make sure you are meeting any mandated requirements.

How will my student meet the attendance requirements?

Our system will automatically keep track of the time that students spend online.  If they are working on offline activities, they must click on the “Study Hall” button at the top of their course or homeroom page in order to keep an accurate time.  Other activities can be noted in the “Joy Directed Activities” log.

Is there a specific time my student must be online each day?

With Teacher Support:
Our academy students enjoy a philosophy of “any time, anywhere, any pace” education. This allows students to work at their own time, place and speed.  However, all schoolwork must be completed by their 365th day of enrollment and all students must meet their attendance requirements.

Without Teacher Support:
Our academy students enjoy a philosophy of “any time, anywhere, any pace” education. This allows students to work at their own time, place and speed.  However, all schoolwork must be completed by their 365th day of enrollment.  Since our academy is a homeschool curriculum provider, you must adhere to your state’s attendance requirements.  We strongly encourage you to discuss these issues with your school district and make sure you are meeting any mandated requirements.

How much time should my student spend online every day?

With Teacher Support:
Each student learns at a different pace, and these differences should be considered when determining if your student is spending enough time on schoolwork. A guideline would be two hours for Elementary students and two to four hours for Middle school and high school students. Two hours of online work in a 24-hour period constitutes one “day” of attendance.  Additional time is often spent on offline activities, such as viewing videos or visiting museums.

Without Teacher Support:
Each student learns at a different pace, and these differences should be considered when determining if your student is spending enough time on schoolwork. A guideline would be two hours for Elementary students and two to four hours for Middle school and high school students.  Additional time is often spent on offline activities, such as volunteering or visiting museums.

Where can we track our student’s attendance records?

Log on to your homeroom page, then click on Your Timelog on the right side of the page to view the number of hours you have accumulated thus far. You may also click on Grade Book and access Your Timelog from there.

Completion of High School

What are TheCambridge Academy’s graduation/credit requirements?

With Teacher Support:

The graduation requirements for The Cambridge Academy can be found here: http://www.thecambridgeacademy.org/generaldiploma.php

Standard Diploma:  19 Credits Required

It is your responsibility to choose appropriate courses! Please check the following chart.

Subject

Credits Required

Course Options that will Fulfill Requirements

English

4 Credits

English 9
English 10
English 11
English 12
College Writing and Vocabulary
Journalism
Creative Writing
AP English Literature
AP English Language

Mathematics

3 Credits (MUST include Algebra. Pre Algebra alone does not suffice)

Algebra 1 (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
Geometry
Integrated Math
Algebra 2
Consumer Math
Trigonometry
Calculus

Science

3 Credits (MUST include Biology)

Biology (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
Integrated Science
Medicine
Forensics 1
Forensics 2
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Chemistry
Physics
AP Biology

Social Studies

4 Credits (MUST include 1 credit from each group)

1.  American Government (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
2.  Economics (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
3.  World History, Global Studies, World Religions, or AP European History
4.  US History or AP US History

Global Language

Not required

Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Spanish 3
French 1
French 2
AP French Language
Latin 1
Latin 2
German 1
German 2

Fine Art, Music and Technology

1 Credit

Art and Music 9-12
Guitar Lessons
Digital Photography
Music Studio
Video Studio
Web Design
Media Arts
20th Century Music
Music Business

Health and Physical Education

1 Credit (MUST take Health and PE 9-12 and prove 40 hours of PE – see below)

Health and PE 9-12 (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)

General Electives

3 Credits

Psychology
Sociology
Business
Cinema History
Driver's Education
SAT Preparation
College Preparation
Career Preparation
Crime and Justice
Culinary Arts
And any course taken in a core subject OVER the required credit amount (ex:  If you take 5 English courses: 4 will count towards your English requirement, 1 will count as an Elective)

  • Students have at least six full time courses with teacher support on their roster.
  • One credit will be awarded if 75% or more of the class is completed (all incomplete work will earn a zero) and the student receives a passing grade after the course grades are averaged.
  • The attendance of nine hundred (900) net instructional hours is met. 
  • Students have the ability to work at their own pace throughout the school year.
  • A global language is not required, although many higher-level educational institutions require it for admission.
  • The Health and Physical Education credit requires the completion of forty (40) hours of an organized sport in addition to the completion of all online lessons in the Health home school course. To be awarded a complete credit for the year in the Health & Physical Education home school course, you must provide proof of the home school student's enrollment and participation in an organized sport of your choice by submitting a receipt of payment for the organized sport, class, etc. or a letter from the instructor or coach noting their participation and completion of 40 hours.  If this portion is not completed, the student will earn a half (.5) credit for Health and no credit for PE.

College Preparatory Diploma: 23 Credits Required

It is your responsibility to choose appropriate courses! Please check the following chart.

Subject

Credits Required

Course Options

English

4 Credits

English 9
English 10
English 11
English 12
College Writing and Vocabulary
Journalism
Creative Writing
AP English Literature
AP English Language

Mathematics

3 Credits (MUST include Algebra. Pre Algebra does not suffice)

Algebra 1 (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
Geometry
Integrated Math
Algebra 2
Consumer Math
Trigonometry
Calculus

Science

3 Credits (MUST include Biology)

Biology (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
Integrated Science
Medicine
Forensics 1
Forensics 2
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Chemistry
Physics
AP Biology

Social Studies

4 Credits (MUST include 1 credit from each group)

1.  American Government (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
2.  Economics (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
3.  World History, Global Studies, World Religions, or AP European History
4.  US History or AP US History

Global Language

2 Credits

Spanish 1
Spanish 2
Spanish 3
French 1
French 2
AP French Language
Latin 1
Latin 2
German 1
German 2

Fine Art, Music and Technology

1 Credit

Art and Music 9-12
Guitar Lessons
Digital Photography
Music Studio
Video Studio
Web Design
Media Arts
20th Century Music
Music Business

Health and Physical Education

1 Credit (MUST take Health and PE 9-12 and prove 40 hours of PE – see below)

Health and PE 9-12 (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)

General Electives

5 Credits

Psychology
Sociology
Business
Cinema History
Driver's Education
SAT Preparation
College Preparation
Career Preparation
Crime and Justice
Culinary Arts
And any course taken in a core subject OVER the required credit amount (ex:  If you take 5 English courses: 4 will count towards your English requirement, 1 will count as an Elective)

  • Students have at least six full time courses with teacher support on their roster.
  • One credit will be awarded if 75% or more of the class is completed (all incomplete work will earn a zero) and the student receives a passing grade after the course grades are averaged.
  • The attendance of nine hundred (900) net instructional hours is met. 
  • Students have the ability to work at their own pace throughout the school year.
  • Students must complete two (2) Global Language credits, which can include multiple languages (i.e. Spanish 1 and French 1)
  • Two (2) additional credits are needed for the elective requirement.
  • The Health and Physical Education credit requires the completion of forty (40) hours of an organized sport in addition to the completion of all online lessons in the Health home school course. To be awarded a complete credit for the year in the Health & Physical Education course, you must provide proof of the home school student's enrollment and participation in an organized sport of your choice by submitting a receipt of payment for the organized sport, class, etc. or a letter from the instructor or coach noting their participation and completion of 40 hours. If this portion is not completed, the student will earn a half (.5) credit for Health and no credit for PE.

What is the policy for a student graduating and receiving a diploma from TheCambridge Academy?

With Teacher Support:
If a student is enrolled in at least six full time courses with teacher support, they can receive a high school diploma from The Cambridge Academy.  If their roster has less than six classes, they are considered part time and should transfer the credits to another school as they will not be able to graduate from our academy. 

Students up to 19 years of age can earn a high school diploma from The Cambridge Academy by demonstrating they have fulfilled our high school graduation requirements. To obtain a standard high school diploma from The Cambridge Academy, students must successfully complete at least 19 credits of high school coursework. If a student is college bound, it is strongly recommended that they complete 23 credits or more in order to receive a college preparatory diploma. 

The Cambridge Academy offers 3 types of diplomas:

Standard (19 required credits)
College-bound (23 required credits

If a student is planning on graduating from The Cambridge Academy, we will need to have a record of your previous schooling.  This includes:

  • If a student has previously attended a public or private institution, they must submit an official transcript, which should include a signature and school seal.
  • If a student has previously attended a home school program such as The Jubilee Academy Home School Program, The Grace Academy Home School Program or others, they must submit a home school portfolio, documenting the student’s grades, subjects, and attendance as well as provide examples of lessons, assignments, tests, quizzes, etc.

Without Teacher Support:
The Cambridge Academy does not award/transfer credits, issue transcripts, or award high school diplomas. High school students who have completed the required work and have met any attendance requirements may graduate under the provisions of their state-of-residence's home school laws. Some high school students choose to work with one of the private schools or homeschooling umbrella organizations that offer diplomas.

Can I transfer my student’s credits from a previous high school?

With Teacher Support: 
Your student’s credits from their previous school, combined with your credits at The Cambridge Academy will make up their total credits. We require your official transcript(s) from your previous high school in order to evaluate the number of credits that will transfer to our academy. The Cambridge Academy does not award credits for other schools; if the previous high school did not award credit for a particular class, than we cannot award credit. All awarded credits (including half credits and quarter credits) are transferrable. An official transcript is defined as a document that is signed by a school official and bears an embossed corporate seal of the institution. If you took high school level courses in 8th grade, and would like to have these included in our evaluation, please send a record of those as well. You may fax a copy of your student’s transcript in order to expedite the evaluation process; however, we will still need a copy of the official transcript from your previous schools.  Our fax number is (888) 329-0909.
Please mail your official transcript to: