high school diploma

Discussion in 'High School Education via Distance Learning' started by pugu, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. pugu

    pugu New Member

    I am looking for high school diploma and some of my friends suggest me PreK-12 Private Online Education - The Cambridge Academy I am not sure about it. Has anyone know about the academy ?If someone has any ideas please post here Thanks!
  2. penny_ashworth

    penny_ashworth New Member

    Hi Pugu,

    I don't know anything about The Cambridge Academy unfortunately. I do however recommend getting your High School Diploma online through PCDI Canada (PCDI Canada), which is a division of Ashworth College. You can take the course in just a few months, for about $55/month!
  3. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

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  4. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Not so fast! Note that the Canadian course isn't recognized as a Provincial HS Diploma by Canadian authorities. From the PCDI site:

    "Please note that PCDI Canada’s General Diploma High School program is intended for career advancement purposes. It is not a substitute for a Canadian provincial high school program."

    Note also, that Ashworth's affiliate school, James Madison High School is accredited - by SACS. Fine for US students. I suggest if you're in need of a Canadian program that will be recognized by all, you might look into a Canadian GED or maybe your Provincial Ministry of Education has a program for you.

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  5. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Good idea to call them. As the guy in the obnoxious TV commercials says, "Yo! Make the call! You bin on that phone all day..." :smile:

    Mercifully, I've forgotten the name of his school. I'm sure many here know it.

  6. daverobes

    daverobes New Member

    Hello Pugu,

    I never heard about this academy, however, I have experience with iLearn DL secondary school. My younger brother joined this school and he finds it comfortable. He finish his assignments on time and I appreciate he took initiative and looking forward for his bright future. Anyway, collect as much information as possible about these institutes before making a decision. Make sure online education is what you need.
  7. tcnixon

    tcnixon Active Member

    An interesting mix of posts about this school. With so very many reputable options now available, I am not sure that is where I would land. There are, too be sure, hundreds of online high schools now available.

    Tom Nixon
  8. rodmc

    rodmc Active Member

    Excel High School

    Also recommend checking out Excel High School, which is regionally accredited by AdvancED and the North Central Association CASI. Excel serves students both nationally and internationally. We can also get diplomas certificated by the Embassy for use in any country.
  9. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Everest College.
  10. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    An obscure topic for this board, started by a noob and quickly responded to by another. This suggests something.
  11. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    I know you posted this two years ago, but I'm wondering... why would a SACS accredited HS diploma have trouble in Canada or anywhere else in the world?
  12. Fredvalle

    Fredvalle member

    Congratulations on choosing to continue your education to get a diploma! There seem to be many online high school diploma programs that are a scam as well as 'college degree' programs that are not so trustworthy or on the 'up and up,' so I would suggest finding out about a local adult high school program that may be offered thru your county vocational-technical school. It should be much less expensive and may even perhaps be free of charge for in-county residents, though you would really need to talk with an admissions counselor at that school. Good luck!

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  13. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Sorry - just saw this today.

    If you, or any US resident, obtained a SACS-accredited HS diploma in the US and later presented it after coming to Canada - fine. No problem. But PCDI Canada is (obviously) in Canada - and (for whatever reason) does not have the authority to issue a Canadian provincial HS diploma. They're in the same boat as any entity that issues HS diplomas in Canada without such authority; I believe they are required to publish this disclaimer. Stratford Career Institute is another company that issues HS diplomas in Canada that don't have Provincial backing. Unlike PCDI/Ashworth (U.S.) SCI doesn't have American RA or NA accreditation - and somewhere in their brochure is a similar disclaimer about their HS diplomas.

    Summary: An accredited US HS diploma will do fine if you are from the US and got it there. If the school was in Canada and didn't have Provincial approval ... problems. And I have no idea what would happen if a Canadian earned an American HS diploma by DL from an accredited school in the US. No idea...

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  14. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Maybe Donald Trump would make him/her return it. :smile:

  15. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Here's the disclaimer the PCDI Canada site still publishes about their high school diploma - 2 years later (today):

    "Just like PCDI Canada, our online high school is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). JMHS* is additionally regionally accredited by SACS CASI, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.

    Please note that PCDI Canada’s general diploma high school program is intended for career advancement purposes. It is not a substitute for a Canadian provincial high school program."

    It's all here: https://www.pcdi.ca/high-school-diploma/

    (JMHS - James Madison High School - J.)
  16. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    I imagine there are a lot of variables at play. If the Canadian wanted to study in the US I imagine there would be no issue. If the Canadian wanted to study in Canada then, well, perhaps they would be treated (in terms of credential evaluation) as a US student studying in Canada would. I'm sure there are some dual citizen families and some Canadian citizen/US PR families who are on our side of the border for business, have their kids educated here and send them back to Canada for higher education. If a Canadian can go to a Canadian university with a diploma from a U.S. B&M high school then why wouldn't they be able to do the same with a US DL diploma if the accreditation is the same?
  17. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I have no idea. The diploma PCDI Canada offers is from James Madison High School - accredited in the U.S., but PCDI Canada has to advise their Canadian prospective students that it's "not a substitute for a Canadian provincial high school program." If it's not viewed as equivalent- as seems to be the case - then I'm at a loss to say why, or to interpret what purposes it can/cannot be used for.

    Don't ask me why. Makes no sense to me whatsoever. But hey, we've got free health care and a good-looking Prime Minister. :smile:

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  18. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    Well, hold on there. Let me play devil's advocate for a moment...

    Canada never said it isn't equivalent. Canada said it isn't a substitute. That's a big difference and I think it is actually mirroring something that we have in the U.S.

    Let's say my son miracles himself to be 14 or 15 years old. And he's super smart so I decide to enroll him in Penn Foster's high school diploma program. That's great. But enrolling in PF does not mean he's considered, by the state, to be enrolled in school. So I need to follow whatever the state law is that allows for me to homeschool my son even though he's enrolled in an accredited high school program. If I don't do that and I just stop driving him to his regular school and hand him his PF books then the school district is likely to treat him as a truant.

    Beyond that, are there any benefits associated with having a provincial diploma? Maybe you get first dibs on university seats before students with foreign credentials? Maybe with a U.S. high school diploma you have to take an English or French test? Even if there is no difference whatsoever the province doesn't decide who gets into university that's the university's job.

    Again, not saying it's a good idea but I imagine the province chose their words carefully. And, perhaps, in the eyes of the province it is way better to have a provincial diploma than a U.S. diploma (even from a B&M school). That doesn't necessarily mean there is any loss of utility.

    Anywho, don't know but it's interesting.
  19. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Well, if you must... so be it. Actually, that's my least favourite theatre role to watch. It's been coveted by many other actors. However, when the redoubtable Neuhaus is starring, we can hope for something better. "Something appealing, something appalling, something for everyone, our comedy tonight." :smile:

    First - I can't find anything in black and white against earning, having or presenting a JMHS diploma in Canada. I doubt there's anything at all, or I'd be able to find it. And the disclaimer that's probably required by the Canadian Government doesn't really say anything, as far as I'm concerned.

    Second - This may/may not explain umm...something-or-other. It seems in the U.S., JMHS offers two programs - a general HS diploma and a College Prep. HS diploma. Only the general diploma is offered by the Canadian school. This is probably why the school says something about the diploma being for employment advancement etc... If the universities pick up on this, they might be reluctant to accept the diploma on the grounds it's not designed as a college-prep credential. I'm sure there's no prejudice whatever against foreign credentials that meet specs. Likely a preference. Amazing numbers of foreign students hereabouts.

    The cost of a GED exam is $100 here - free in some other provinces. I think it will cost you maybe $1000 or a bit more to take a distance course from a private provider. So, there's an economic advantage to the GED. As far as language goes - I don't think you get tested unless you're from somewhere where neither French nor English is an official language. Getting into college or university isn't like the Citizenship test - that involves blindfold taste-testing of 18 brands of beer and a 10,000-word essay on the Stanley Cup playoffs . :smile:

    For applicants beyond traditional high-school leaving age, it's possible to get admitted to higher ed. as a "mature student" without a HS diploma or GED. Here's the blurb:

    "Mature student status may be granted to applicants who are over 19 years old and do not have a high school diploma or GED. It is intended to allow applicants who have not completed high school the opportunity to be considered for admission, based on the skills and experience they have acquired since leaving school."

    If you can get in with NO diploma, how can a non-standard (US accredited) diploma be used to keep you out? I don't believe it can.

    Neuhaus: "And perhaps in the eyes of the province it is way better to have a provincial diploma..."
    Johann: "I'm sure it is. That way, the provincial government is perceived to have done something. That's always good, isn't it?" :smile:

    Summary: As usual, nothing appears to be cast in stone or black and white. It's all vaguely surreal.

    (Mike Drop) "Johann over and out."

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