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    DesElms is offline Registered User
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    Regionally-accredited ELCA Lutheran High School now an online player

    Lutheran High School of Orange County Online
    http://www.orangelhs.org
    • Rigorous, college-prep coursework (asynchronous)
    • Regionally-accredited
    • Can be done in 3 years by taking 3 courses every 8 weeks
    • Student/parent academic counseling online and by phone
    • From $50 to $400 per course
    • 24/7 tech support
    From the web site:

    The future of education

    Online learning is the next step in education . Today, most colleges and universities offer a variety of courses via the Internet, and for several years enrollment in online courses has grown at a faster rate than campus enrollment. In addition, many academic leaders believe the dynamic nature of online learning is equal to, if not better than, campus-based instruction.

    The fact is, online education provides an ideal format for enhanced learning. With online learning, every student has a front-row seat. Because all class materials, lectures and discussions are in written form, students become more active learners, studying course materials with greater concentration and responding to course lessons in greater depth. They can also take more time to think about and contribute to class discussions and collaborations - in a familiar, non-threatening environment. What's more, with the online classroom, teachers are able to more closely monitor the participation of each student and provide more personalized one-on-one attention and guidance.

    Students at Orange Lutheran Online receive the same high quality academic curriculum and spiritual foundation provided at our campus in Orange County, California. Our online courses are challenging, engaging, and college preparatory in nature. Our students graduate with GPAs and SAT scores that are substantially higher than the national average. An impressive 93% of our graduating seniors continue to earn a college degree.
    Not bad, but...

    Though I'm an ELCA Lutheran, PCDI's regionally-accredited James Madison High School is somewhat less expensive; and, save for whatever spiritual teaching Orange County High School provides, James Madison, I suspect, is probably just as good.

    Still, Orange's offering is interesting. The school's first full-page magazine advertisement appears on page 45 of this month's (October 2005) edition of The Lutheran magazine, with the headline:
    • One of the Nation's Finest High Schools... Now Available Online!
    I don't know if we should consider it a serious player alongside other distance education high school progams we've talked about around here; or if it rates a place in future editions of Bear's Guide to Earning High School Diplomas Nontraditionally, or Tom Nixon's The Ten Best Online High Schools, but it seemed worth telling everyone about... just sort of FYI.
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    Question no way......

    Even high schools can be regionally accredited?
    Ole.

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    Re: no way......

    Originally posted by bullet
    Even high schools can be regionally accredited?
    High schools generally are regionally accredited In the US. If they lose accreditation it puts a hardship on the school and the children attending (it makes it very difficult to get into college if your school looses accreditation). It is not uncommon for the State to step in a take over a poorly run school once they lost accreditation

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    Re: no way......

    Originally posted by bullet
    Even high schools can be regionally accredited?
    Yup.
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    If one lives in Orange County (CA), there is a FREE online option:

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    Way!

    Originally posted by bullet
    Even high schools can be regionally accredited?
    Absolutely, and not just high schools. The regional accreditors in the U.S. have divisions that accredit middle schools and elementary schools as well.

    As another poster pointed out, public schools that lose accreditation may well be on the first step to a takeover by their respective states. Some reasons for losing accreditation include low scores on standarized tests, too many teachers not properly credentialed, curriculum not up to accreditor's standards, and other negatives of that nature. Although many parents in the U.S. are not aware of accreditation of public schools for children, those that are have successfully gotten their children moved from their residentially zoned schools if those schools lost accreditation.

    Graduation from non-accredited high schools can be a problem with getting into university. Attending non-accredited elementary or middle schools can be a problem if the student's future high school is accredited. Students who attended non-accredited elementary or middle schools will not be denied entrance to accredited high schools, but can experience academic problems if their previous education did not adequately prepare them for the tougher curriculum at an accredited high school.

    Kit

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