NFC Academy students may start anytime of the year. All students who start a new year out at NFC Academy have a school year of 180 school days to meet the hour/day requirements of a school year. Students who transfer to NFC Academy have a similar school year prorated on the work transferred to NFC Academy.
Do parents construct the daily lesson plans?
In our online program for grades 3-12 NFC Academy manages and directs the lesson plans for each subject as a part of the computerized program. The daily lesson assignments will be automatically updated by the computer each day and are based on the students 180 day school year.
Students enrolled in our K-5 print program have the NFC Academy Daily Lesson Planner which lays out each day’s assignments to be completed based upon a school year of 180 school days.
How much time does the student have to complete the course work?
Each student in K-12 have a 180 school day school year to complete their work. Extensions of the school year may be granted and you can find that information on the website under Tuition Policies.
How long does the enrollment process take?
Once the decision is made by the parent to enroll and the application is completed and received by the Academy the next step is getting previous school records to the Academy. Typically the process takes 1-2 weeks, but in August and September may take longer because the increase number of enrollments made during those months.
Are there age limits for enrollment in NFC Academy?
NFC Academy has established age guidelines for students entering school based upon the traditional school age expectations. These guidelines are provided for parents to understand if they should at a later date enroll their children in a traditional school. Students may enter the Academy at ages different than those as guidelines, but are made available to parents so they are aware of the information.
What about transfer credit into NFC Academy?
NFC Academy is a fully accredited school by the Middle States Commission on Secondary and Elementary Schools and the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and accepts credits from regionally accredited schools at face value. Additionally, credits are accepted from schools accredited by IACCS/FACCS (International Association of Christian Colleges and Schools/Florida Association of Colleges and Schools), ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International), CITA (Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation. Credits are accepted normally from associations who have a protocol with the National Council of Private School Accreditation.
What about credit earned through home schools or schools that are not accredited?
Credits are accepted two ways from home school students. If they were registered under an umbrella association the credits are typically accepted as received. Other home school students and students from non-accredited schools have their credits accepted through a portfolio development using curriculum, grades, and testing information from the homeschool or school that is not an accredited program. The NFC Academy Admissions Office will provide you with forms to complete to make this process simple and easy to complete.
What determines grade placement?
A student is placed in a grade based upon the records received from their previous school. Included in materials should be report cards and recent standardized test results. Full time students will need to submit a birth certificate along with the academic record. Some students whose records may not be complete may take a diagnostic test that will help make the placement in the curriculum
Is there a payment plan for tuition?
There are several payment options for all of our programs including a monthly payment option. K-12 parents may select the option of paying by the month with payments divided over 10 months, semi-annual payments, or an annual payment. There is a modest reduction in tuition cost when selecting the semi-annual or annual payment options.
How do I keep track of my child’s academic progress?
Report card grades are posted when a semester’s work is done in grades 1-12. Parents can view and print the report card as each course is completed and the report card grade is posted in your RenWeb Parent Portal. Final report cards are sent to the home with the signature from the Principal indicating this is the final report card for the year.
For students in the Kindergarten program, report cards are done each quarter with grades submitted to the Resource Teacher from the home parent. Just like in grades 1-12, those report cards are available online in RenWeb. Final report cards are sent to the home with the signature from the Principal indicating this is the final report card for the year.
It is important that parents stay regularly informed on their child’s academic progress, and using the Parent’s Portal in the Ignitia learning program is your most effective tool in doing so. In the parent portal, you will be able to see every daily assignment, with due dates and the completion date of the assignment, along with the score for the assignment. Those students where the parent is the primary teacher will have access to all grades from the work done in the home both in the K-5 print program and those in the online program 3-7 Home School Edition.
Do I need to be with my child all day while he is doing schoolwork?
Distance learning is a partnership between parents, students, your teacher(s) at NFC Academy. While all parents doing home school are involved with their children in unique ways, those parents who select the NFC Academy Home School option (grades 3-7 only) with limited support from the Academy staff and your Academy Resource teacher will be daily involved with your children as their primary teacher. Those in the K-5 print curriculum program additionally are the primary teacher and will actively be daily involved as the primary teacher. Those who select the Advantage Edition which includes Academy teacher support may spend less time with their students, but successful homeschooling must include the home actively involved daily no matter which option. A parent or guardian's committed participation in the Learning Team is essential to making a child's experience a success. The parent or guardian is responsible for setting up and monitoring the developed learning schedule, verifying that course work is being submitted in a satisfactory manner, monitoring student progress, and facilitating a working relationship between the members of the Learning Team. Parental involvement equals success!
What if my child has a learning disability? What kind of help is available?
Many children who may have been diagnosed as ADD or ADHD can function well in a traditional school and a distance program such as NFC Academy. However, it is important that reading skills and math skills be at a level that allows the student to do the work in their assigned curriculum. NFC Academy does not provide additional assistance for students who may need direct assistance by a teacher and have a problem working as an independent learner successfully.
How much work is done using the computer?
Our K-5 print program is all based upon books which we ship to the home. Students at this grade level will do all of their work in the books as part of the curriculum.
The online grade 3-12 program is all online and students will spend significant time online with the curriculum and completing work. Work can be done off line such as studying and completing writing assignment. The academic program is a college preparatory curriculum and a typical student’s day will resemble the amount of time a student spends at a "brick and mortar" school working on their academic work. There are features in the online program that permit the student to print most all of the work associated with daily assignments if they wish to do work away from the computer.
Will my student take an annual achievement test?
NFC Academy gives the Stanford Achievement Tests typically in April of each year. This test meets most states requirements for annual testing. Students in grades 3-12 will be able to take the test online from a schedule we will provide to you. Students in K-2 will take the test in booklet form using directions from NFC Academy. You will receive a copy of the test results after they have been scored by the testing company.
What arrangements do I have to make locally if I enroll at NFC Academy?
Each state has different approaches to home schooling. You should check your state’s requirements to see what they require. One good place to check is a home schooling association in your area. If you live outside the US, you can still enroll at NFC Academy as all activities are conducted over the Internet…there are no limitations for enrollment as long as Internet access is available and English is the spoken language.