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    John Bear is offline Senior Member
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    Comes now Continental Academy

    While waiting in a medical waiting room yesterday, having forgotten my book, I was reduced to reading the only two available magazines, Seventeen and TeenVogue. Each had a fair-sized ad in the 'education ' section for the Continental Academy, offering a high school diploma "in just 4 weeks." The address in Coral Gables, FL appears to be a building with many businesses in it, or possibly a convenience address. Only one name is findable on the website,
    www.continentalacademy.com

    Further investigating would seem appropriate.

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    From its web site:
    QUESTION: Is Continental Academy accredited by the State of Florida or the federal government?

    ANSWER: No. And this is a great source of misunderstanding. Neither the federal government nor the State of Florida has established an official accreditation program for private schools. Like every other private institution, Continental Academy is accredited by a private accrediting agency.

    Continental Academy functions in full compliance with all statutes and regulations pertaining to the operation of non-public secondary schools in the State of Florida. As required by law, Continental Academy is listed with the State of Florida's Department of Education as a private, non-religious secondary (grades 9 - 12) school. Our official school number is 133228. For further information on regulations pertaining to private schools in the State of Florida and to see the state's complete list of private schools in all categories, visit their website:

    http://www.fldoe.org/private_school_...d=13&submit=GO

    Note: scroll down to Continental Academy to see our listing.
    From its web site:
    QUESTION: Is Continental Academy accredited by a legitimate accreditation agency?

    ANSWER: Yes it is. Continental Academy is fully accredited by the National Association for the Legal Support of Alternative Schools (NALSAS). Since 1999, Continental Academy has been a bona fide, voting member of the National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools (NCACS). In 1999, the school achieved its initial accreditation with the NALSAS, the accreditation arm of the NCACS. Continental Academy is re-accredited on an annual basis. As the coordinator of the NALSAS explains…

    "NCACS works in conjunction with the National Association for the Legal Support of Alternative Schools, the accrediting agency for bona fide Voting Members of the Coalition.

    NALSAS applies only one standard to its accredited members: Consumer protection. Our accreditation assure the public at large that at least one member of the NCACS not involved with the control, operation, or proceeds of the applicant program has reviewed and confirmed that the program’s claims and conditions regarding its location, existence and operations . NALSAS validates that the program is what it purports to be.

    Whether such a program is desirable or suitable for meeting the needs of a particular learner then becomes a question for the consumer to determine."
    – (Ed Nagel, NALSAS Coordinator.)

    Since 1976, the NALSAS, headed by its CEO/Coordinator, Mr. Ed Nagel, has been a recognized leader in the arena of non-public education . This organization’s efforts made possible the home-schooling movement in the United States. To learn more about Mr. Nagel and this important organization, please visit the following website: http://www.sfcs-homestudy.org/about.html
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    The website is registered to "Home School of America, Inc." with lone contact as one Joseph Lopez. The address on the registration page is the same as the website the only difference being that the registration page lists a suite number: 218. The website was registered in November 1999. Google can't seem to locate a "Home School of America, Inc." *Note that I only briefly searched this.

    The below site finds Continental Academy listed under "Office Supplies":
    http://miami.citysearch.com/yellowpa...130/page1.html

    After Googling the street address it does indeed seem to be an ofice complex rather than, say, a UPS Store.

    Continental Academy
    1570 Madruga Avenue Suite 218
    Coral Gables, FL 33146

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    Originally posted by italiansupernova
    Continental Academy
    1570 Madruga Avenue Suite 218
    Coral Gables, FL 33146
    Suite 218 is probably the janitor's closet.

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    So THAT'S where the expression, "Not worth a Continental" came from!
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    I'm just having a bit of fun imagining what the other people in the waiting room were thinking as they watched John tear an ad out of the issue of Seventeen.
    :D
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    I like the repeated references to being a "bona fide voting member" of the "National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools". It almost sounds like they think there are many people falsely claiming to be voting members.

    Besides, if you have to describe yourself as "bona fide", are you really?
    Last edited by JamesK; 06-23-2005 at 07:50 PM.

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    Ted Heiks is offline Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member
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    Originally posted by JamesK
    Besides, if you have to describe yourself as "bona fide", are you really?
    Probably not. I have it on the best authority that being powerful is like being a lady; if you have to tell people you are, you're not. Perhaps being bona fide is like that, too.
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    John Bear is offline Senior Member
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    Jack: "I'm just having a bit of fun imagining what the other people in the waiting room were thinking as they watched John tear an ad out of the issue of Seventeen. "

    Indeed. Just as I wondered about the elderly and very large Asian woman who was sitting there reading the only other available magazine, American Cheerleader.

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