STUDENT ADMISSION: E L HIGH SCHOOL HOME STUDY ACADEMY (ELHSHSA) accepts students who are 16 years old or older and have left school before graduating. We welcome students who now feel motivated to earn a high school diploma through home study. Students wishing to enroll at ELHSHSA should submit the ELHSHSA application, an official transcript, a picture ID, a copy of their birth certificate and Social Security card and $150 non-refundable enrollment fee. This fee is due upon admission if a student wishes to register for the first class.. No fees will be refunded after the staff completes enrollment. Fees may be paid in cash, certified check, or money order only. Student orientation will be scheduled immediately. PROGRAMS OF STUDY: ELHSHSA has two programs of study leading to the high school diploma.
The 9-12 Maxi-Mester Cluster is for students needing 3 or more courses to finish high school. Students pay $150 at the time of enrollment. This covers all costs for application, the first month’s tuition, and book rental for the first course. Students pay $80 per month for the remaining time enrolled. Students will participate in the January, June, or August graduation ceremony.
The 8-week Mini-Mester Cluster is for students needing only 2 courses to finish or who need to replace the graduation test requirement with refresher courses. The total 8-week mini-mester fee is $400, which includes the $250 cost of the two courses and the $150 graduation fee. Students may pay the full $400 at enrollment or make two equal payments of $200. No further fees are required. Students shall participate in the next scheduled graduation in January, June, or August. All fees must be paid in full before final transcripts or diplomas are issued.
REGISTRATION FOR CLASS:After acceptance to ELHSHSA, a student may register for the first course. The guidance counselor will evaluate the student’s official transcript(s) from all schools attended and accept/transfer grades from accredited schools. Please note our refund policy.
TIME SHEETS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE FORMS:Students are required to document 120 hours of work in EACH course to receive credit. Students use ELHSHSA time sheets to record hours spent completing course assignments, volunteer and community service, computer application, current events/newspaper, and seminar. There is also a form for listing 5 news headlines each day a student does course work. All these activities may be included in the 120 required hours. Forms are available in the school office, and documentation is maintained by the school director in students’ individual files.
STUDENT STUDY TIMES, NEWSPAPER, COMPUTER, VOTER REGISTRATION, ETC.: All students are required to work on assignments five days a week for two hours per day and must become a registered voter. All students will obtain a library card and set up an individual account with GaCollege411 immediately following enrollment at ELHSHSA. Students are required to review newspaper/current events each day for two hours and utilize the computer at least two hours per day. These times should be listed on students’ time sheets. Students’ weekly packets should include 10 news articles related to their courseto help satisfy the 120 hour requirement for each course. Students are required to have a library card and use it regularly for research and/or computer access.
BOOKS AND MATERIALS:Students enrolled at ELHSHSA receive a study guide for use in completing course work. Textbooks and other reference materials are available from the school and should be returned promptly, and in good condition. No grades, diplomas, or transcripts will be issued until all fees are paid in full and all school materials are returned and checked.
E-MAIL AND FACEBOOK:Each student is encouraged to utilize technology and responsible social networking. ELHSHSA sends regular notices and newsletters by e-mail or Facebook. Students must have a professional e-mail address and should visit the school Facebook pages daily for events and pictures. These are requirements for all students.
WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS AND SEMINARS: Students should turn in an assignment packet each week on an assigned day. Time sheets, community service forms, current events forms, news clippings, pictures, and journals should be placed in the assignment packet with other work.
PAYMENT OF FEES:Students are expected to act responsibly by paying fees on time. This is a sign of good citizenship and honesty. Fees are non-refundable. Students should pay tuition in a timely manner in order to continue with their studies. Students become inactive if fees are 30 days late or if assignments have not been turned in for four consecutive weeks.When students become inactive, they must reapply and pay fees again to be reinstated. Fees will be $150 for 9-12 Maxi-Mester cluster and $250 for Mini-Mester students to be reinstated.
ASSISTANCE WITH ASSIGNMENTS, TUTORS:If a student experiences difficulty with assignments, he should follow these steps to get help:
Ask your mentor/parent for assistance.
Utilize the internet tutorial sites provided (Khan Academy.org, Google)
Request a textbook from the school for additional help or practice
Call the school counselor for assistance
Request a tutor through the school or you may hire your own
GRADUATION: After a student completes all required work with at least 22 credits, the guidance counselor will meet with the student for an exit interview and completion of the Application for Graduation. Graduation ceremonies are held in January, June, and August of each year. The graduation fee of $150 for Maxi-Mester students is due forty-five days before the graduation date and is non-refundable. Mini-Mester students will have already paid all their fees. This fee covers all costs of graduation, including cap, gown, tassel, signet, cords, medallions, diploma and cover, invitations, guest cards, graduation luncheon, certificates, trophies, rental fees, and gratuities.
MISCELLANEOUS STUDENT REQUIREMENTS: *Students are required to register to vote. *Students are required to obtain a library card. *Students are required to complete 50 hours of community service. *Students are required to act and dress appropriately, especially when representing the school.