How much does it cost to enroll?
The cost is $650.00 per year or $55.00 per month (for 12 months).
What do I receive for my enrollment?
- Our High School Handbook
- Four evaluations with written comments and letter grades on your student’s work
- English papers individually evaluated and returned within two weeks, if submitted electronically
- One transcript
- Email and phone counseling with your evaluator as needed
- A diploma when all required high-school credits are complete
Can we do classes on-line?
You can submit papers via email or through a shared file system like Drop Box. English papers can be
submitted as completed for quicker feedback, or you can submit all of them at the end of each quarter.
Do you have a half-year program?
Yes. This costs $350 dollars and includes only two evaluations rather than four.
Can we enroll for a single course?
Yes. Any single course costs $250. This includes the High School Handbook, four evaluations, and any needed
email and counseling.
Do I get a discount for multiple children?
Because we provide each child with the same individualized attention, we do not offer discounts for
My student has already completed some high school. Will you accept the courses we have
We welcome transfer students and will work with them to accept as many courses as possible. We will also
provisionally accept a parent’s transcript of a homeschooled student’s high school credits.
Do I have to use the curriculum you recommend?
No. We believe parents know their children best. While we strive to create and recommend high-quality
curriculum, we know nothing is for everyone. Discuss your alternative choices with one of our counselors. We
can adjust our requirements to fit with your preferred curriculum.
What are your requirements for graduation?
We require 21 credits and a satisfactory score on the SAT, ACT, or GED. If your state requires fewer
credits, we will work with their requirements, if you prefer. Here is how those credits break down:
- English 4
- State 1/2 (If your state does not require state history, you may choose an elective
- World 1
- U.S. 1
- Government & Economics 1
- Math 2
- Science 2
- Physical Education 2
- Health ½
- Typing 1
- Electives 6
Do we receive a transcript each year?
Yes. We provide you with one free transcript. You can order additional transcripts for $10.00 each (or five
Once we’re enrolled, can I contact a counselor with questions and problems throughout
Yes. Our counselors are happy to help you with any questions, and if necessary can help you make
adjustments to have a successful, happy school year.
Once we’re enrolled, can my student contact their evaluator with questions and problems
throughout the year?
Yes. We encourage students to develop a relationship with their counselor, and they should feel free to
contact them when they have questions.
What sorts of questions can we contact you with?
We can help you with questions about what work should be completed and submitted, about the curriculum we
produce (including Lightning Literature and all syllabi), or about the evaluations you receive from us. You
can also get in touch with us if you have struggles organizing your home schooling year or keeping on top of
things. And certainly touch base with your evaluator if you want to do something different than our
Can I request a male/female evaluator?
Yes. If you believe your student would respond better to a man or woman, feel free to indicate that when
Are siblings all placed with the same evaluator?
That is our default, but if for any reason you wish different evaluators for different students, that can
usually be arranged.
My student will need remedial courses. Do you offer these?
In some cases, yes. For example, in math, students can work at whatever level they are ready for. They will
still receive high-school credit even if the class normally would not be considered a high-school level
class. In English, our Lightning Literature guides are meant to be completed in a semester, but we offer a
Basic English syllabus that uses only one guide per year. Thus, your student will still be reading the
classics but covering the work at a slower pace. For classes such as science, where only two credits are
needed for graduation, students can take the class at half speed, so each credit is spread over two
years. And of course, you can always choose your own curriculum and work with your evaluator for it to meet
Should students handwrite or type their papers?
At the high-school level, we highly recommend students type their papers. Students need as much practice as
possible to become strong typists. However, if circumstances dictate handwritten work, we still accept
For which curriculum do you carry syllabi?
In addition to syllabi for our own Lightning Literature, we carry syllabi for a variety of popular
curriculum including Saxon Math, Jay Wile’s Science (“Exploring Creation With. . .”), and Streams of
Civilization World History.
How do students earn credit for classes without syllabi (PE, music, home ec,
Students keep track of the time they spend in these classes and their activities. If applicable, students
also submit work samples. If the activities are appropriate, we award a quarter’s credit for every 37.5
hours spent in the class (150 hours for a full credit).
Can students take a foreign language?
Yes, we have a syllabus for foreign language, and we have staff who grade work in French, German, and
I want to enroll my student in a local class as well. Will that show up on their
Yes. Just send us the grade report from the teacher, and we will add the class, grades, and credit to the
Are you accredited?
We have chosen not to become accredited by the government or by an independent accrediting agency, because
we do not want an accrediting body to dictate the courses, textbooks, and teachers that we must employ. Many
colleges and universities are accepting students without an accredited diploma.