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The MorningStar Academy is a  private Christian online school, accredited by the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance and registered with the Florida Department of Education. This accreditation and compliance with all applicable Florida laws allows us to offer the wonderful curriculum and online delivery which meets or exceeds various U.S., state and local standards. The MorningStar Academy offers the most comprehensive all in one online homeschooling program available.

Credits can be transferred and awarded, transcripts are issued and students may receive a diploma from The MorningStar Academy upon successful completion of the high school requirements.

For a comprehensive overview of The MorningStar Academy program, please visit the many pages available at  www.TheMorningStarAcademy.org.

The MorningStar Academy is accredited by the National Association of Private Schools Accreditation Alliance and is registered with the Florida Department of Education.

Accreditation means that the academic program was approved by an official accrediting agency. Accreditation is often confused with the ability of an academy institution to grant credits. Accreditation and the granting of and acceptance of credits are three very different issues.

MorningStar Academy grants credits for its courses because it is a registered school that has the authority from the state to give credit for successful completion of a course.

However, we cannot guarantee, nor can any private or public school, that the incoming school or college will accept our credits. We recommend that you check with the institution that you want to accept our credits prior to your decision to enroll at The MorningStar Academy.

Students grow at different rates and the “starting” age should be different as well. If you feel your student(s) may benefit from The MorningStar Academy, they may enroll at any age prior to the age of 18. The average age to begin Kindergarten is 5 years and students cannot enroll in The MorningStar Academy for any grade level after the age of 18.

The MorningStar Academy is Christian and follows Protestant Biblical teaching. It has no specific denominational or cultural focus and is doctrinally acceptable to a broad range of conservative Christian denominations. For more information, please see our Statement of Faith on our website at http://www.learningbygrace.org/LBG_who/statement1.php

Academic resources and features include:

• Partnership with The MorningStar Academy
• A comprehensive selection of grade-appropriate courses covering many academic topics, including exciting electives. Choose up to 6 each year.
• Textbooks, workbooks and offline activities
• Academic Counselors, available for an unlimited number of questions through the Message Center and our online Live Operator system
• Curriculum Development Team who creates assignments, tests, quizzes and projects
• Member Services who assist with day to day with billing and technical questions
• Recordkeeping that will provide necessary documentation to verify enrollment, attendance and instructional time in the program.
• Students are awarded credits, issued transcripts and earn a High School diploma upon fulfilling all Academy requirements.

Because The MorningStar Academy is an online private school, it provides comprehensive lessons, teacher instruction, grading, and record keeping. Because students are learning at home, The MorningStar Academy depends on parents to ensure their student is attending class each day and will meet all attendance requirements required by private school law. We also encourage parents to foster extra-curricular activities for their students.

Families who withdraw within the first 30 days are obligated for the first tuition payment, registration fee and shipping charges. These charges are not refunded. However, the CD Usage Fee will be refunded when the CDs are returned. Those who withdraw after the 30-day period are obligated for the entire yearly tuition as well as the above outlined additional charges. The CD Usage Fee will not be refunded. This 30 day period is provided to give families the chance to see if online learning / homeschooling suits their needs.

Academy access will begin early in September and the first lesson is scheduled for shortly thereafter.

The MorningStar Academy has 36 weeks of curriculum that run from September through May. We allow all families additional weeks of access, extending through June 14th, 2015. We also have a summer extension available for a small fee that can extend access until the end of Summer Session, through to August 23rd, 2015. We allow this flexibility to accommodate our anytime/any pace learning schedule so your family may take advantage of travel opportunities or desired break times. Students may work during traditional school hours or at more convenient times, such as evenings, early mornings or weekends. Some households prefer a traditional school schedule, while others prefer a very informal program. The Academy curriculum and teaching programs have been developed to accommodate all styles of learning.

All daily lessons are delivered online via our secure school site. Students login to the computer each day to their Homeroom, which stores all of their classes and lessons. They go into the Classroom (course) that they would like to work in, and then click on the lessons they need to complete. Lessons are written to the student (not the parent, or class, etc.) and contain about 45 minutes of work. Lessons are comprised of content readings, engaging activities, colorful graphics, animated materials, and the infusion of multimedia, such as digitized sound and videos.

Families are in charge of their own daily schedule. Students can do all their work at one time, or can space it throughout the day. Some students enjoy working on one subject each day, while others enjoy moving though all of their subjects every day. The MorningStar Academy has a mixture of online and offline assignments. Middle and high school students typically spend 2-4 hours online per day and elementary students spend about 1/2 of that time. The student’s schedule can be easily adjusted to accommodate family matters, extracurricular activities and unexpected events such as illness, still leaving plenty of time for the student to complete all courses within the 10 month period of September to June.

Distance education is quickly transforming education as we know it!!

That’s the beauty of virtual schooling! Almost everything at The MorningStar Academy is available 24/7. You have access to your classes to complete your work anytime you are most comfortable, even at night! The MorningStar Academy students may e-mail Academic Counselors anytime. (Of course, emails are only reviewed during normal school hours, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, EST) Please note that the Live Operator (or Raise-Your-Hand) feature is available from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.

Yes, The MorningStar Academy offers summer school classes. We offer all of our academy courses throughout the summer.

From mid-May to June 14th, 2015, no new assignments are posted and students need only work on catching up on their assignments. This time period is provided to help students who are behind. If, however, your student needs more time past June 14th, 2015, The MorningStar Academy does offer an optional extension through the end of August to complete work. This extension costs a small fee. More information on our Summer Program can be found on our website.

We recommend that you register as a homeschooler AND enroll in our private school because your bases will be covered and it is easier and less expensive than fighting the issue with City Hall.

The MorningStar Academy is a private independent Christian K-12 school. We are is accredited by the National Private Schools Accreditation Alliance and are fully registered with the Florida Department of Education. Because of our private school status, students enrolled in The MorningStar Academy must follow our assignments, procedures, and requirements. Instruction is delivered through the Internet and includes a combination of online and offline components, including etexts, traditional textbooks, workbooks, CD-ROMs and other interactive multimedia..

Since our The MorningStar Academy is a registered private school, your student must meet the following attendance requirements.
• 900 hours for students in grades 4-12
• 720 hours for students in grades 1 – 3
• 540 hours for Kindergarten students.

Students may enter up to 150 hours of Joy Directed Activities per year.

Our system will automatically keep track of the time that students spend online. If they are working on offline activities, they must click on the “Study Hall” button at the top of their course or homeroom page in order to keep an accurate time. Other activities can be noted in the “Joy Directed Activities” log.

Our academy students enjoy a philosophy of any time, anywhere, any pace education. This allows students to work at their own time, speed and place. However, all schoolwork must be completed by June 14th, 2015 and all students must meet their attendance requirements.

Each student learns at a different pace, and these differences should be considered when determining if your student is spending enough time on schoolwork. A guideline would be 2 hours for Elementary students and 2-4 hours for Middle school and high school students. 2 hours of online work in a 24-hour period constitutes one “day” of attendance. Additional time is often spent on offline activities, such as viewing videos or visiting museums.

Log on to your homeroom page, then click on “Your Timelog” on the right side of the page to view the number of hours and minutes you have accumulated thus far. You may also click on “grade book” and access “Your Timelog” from there.

To obtain a high school diploma from The MorningStar Academy, students must successfully complete at least 24 credits of high school coursework.
Anyone can earn a high school diploma from The MorningStar Academy by demonstrating they have fulfilled our high school graduation requirements. This can be accomplished in several ways:
• If your home schooling student has previously attended a public or private institution you must have an official transcript sent to us, which should include a signature and school seal.
• If your home schooling student has previously attended an online homeschooling program such as The Jubilee Academy Online HomeSchooling Program, The Grace Academy Online HomeSchooling Program or others you must send us a homeschooling portfolio, documenting the homeschooling student’s grades, subjects, and attendance as well as provide examples of lessons, assignments, tests, quizzes, etc.

It is your responsibility to choose appropriate courses! Please check the following chart.

English 4Credits English 9

English 10

English 11

English 12

College Writing and Vocabulary

Journalism

Creative Writing

Christian Fantasy and Fiction

AP English Literature

AP English Language

Mathematics 4 Credits (MUST include Algebra and Geometry (PreAlgebra does not count as Algebra) Algebra 1 (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)

Geometry

Integrated Math

Algebra 2

Consumer Math

Trigonometry

Calculus

Science 3 Credits (MUST include Biology) Biology (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)

Integrated Science

Medicine

Forensics 1

Forensics 2

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Chemistry

Physics

AP Biology

Social Studies 4 Credits

Am. Gov.

US History

World History and

Economics

1. American Government (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)

2. Economics (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)

3. World History (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE), Global Studies, World Religions, or
AP European History

4. US History or AP US History (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)

Global Language Not required for high school diploma, but required for many colleges Spanish 1

Spanish 2

Spanish 3

French 1

French 2

AP French Language

Latin 1

Latin 2

German 1

German 2

Fine Art, Music and Technology 1 Credit Art and Music 9-12

Piano Lessons

Guitar Lessons

Digital Photography

Music Studio

Video Studio

Web Design

Media Arts

20th Century Music

History of Christian Music

Christian Symbolism in Fine Art

Music Business

Health and Physical Education 1 Credit (MUST take Health and PE 9-12 and prove 40 hours of PE – see below) Health and PE 9-12 (MUST TAKE THIS COURSE)
General Electives 5Credits Psychology
Sociology

Business

Cinema History

Driver’s Education

Personal Finance

SAT Preparation

College Preparation

Career Preparation

Crime and Justice

Culinary Arts

Power of Prayer

Christian Character

Christian Womanhood

Christian Manhood

Christian Evangelism

Christian Life Skills

Social Action

Bible 9

Bible 10

Bible 11

Bible 12

And any course taken in a core subject OVER the required credit amount (ex:
If you take 5 English courses: 4 will count towards your English requirement,
1 will count as an Elective)

And any course taken in a core subject OVER the required credit amount (ex: If you take 5 English courses: 4 will count towards your English requirement, 1 will count as an Elective)
• One credit will be awarded for each course that is completed correctly (all incomplete and incorrect work will earn a zero).
• Home school students have the ability to work at their own pace throughout the school year.
• A global language is not required, although many higher-level educational institutions require it for admission.
• The Health and Physical Education credit requires the completion of forty (40) hours of an organized sport in addition to the completion of all online lessons in the Health course. To be awarded a complete credit for the year in the Health & Physical Education course, you must provide proof of the student’s enrollment and participation in an organized sport of your choice by submitting a receipt of payment for the organized sport, class, etc. or a letter from the instructor or coach noting his/her participation and completion of 40 hours. The 40 required hours must be taken while enrolled in the Health and Physical Education course, or the course may be taken in the summer session following when the hours where completed. If this portion is not completed, the student will earn a half (.5) credit for Health and no credit for PE.

High school students who have completed the required work and who meet our graduation requirements will receive their High School diploma from our academy.

Your student’s credits from their previous school, combined with your credits at The MorningStar Academy will make up their total credits. We require your official transcript(s) from your previous high school in order to evaluate the number of credits that will transfer to our academy. The MorningStar Academy does not award credits for other schools; if the previous high school did not award credit for a particular class, than we cannot award credit. All awarded credits (including half credits and quarter credits) are transferrable. An “official transcript” is defined as a document that is signed by a school official and bears an embossed corporate seal of the institution. If you took high school level courses in 8th grade, and would like to have these included in our evaluation, please send a record of those as well. You may fax a copy of your student’s transcript in order to expedite the evaluation process; however, we will still need a copy of the official transcript from your previous schools. Our fax number is (888) 329-0909.
Please mail your official transcript to:
The MorningStar Academy
Attn: MSA Member Services
Box 210 24 North Bryn Mawr Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

We will be evaluating your transcripts and assessing fees as follows:
• Credits transferred from a public or private school to The MorningStar Academy and added to your school record: $15.00 per credit.
• Credits awarded as a result of our academy staff evaluating previous home schooling work and added to your school record: $27.00 per credit.

Yes, we do accept students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), although we do not offer Special Education Services. It is important for parents to review the offerings of The MorningStar Academy and determine whether they would meet your current needs. If our program appears to be able to meet your student’s needs, you may wish to include our academy as a part of your special education program along with other resources in your community.

Our program works extremely well for gifted students as we allow them the flexibility to move at their own pace through our curriculum. This prevents the common issue of boredom in a traditional classroom setting where gifted students feel they have already grasped all the material being covered yet have to wait for their instructor to teach everyone in the class. Gifted students benefit from our “any time, any pace” system as they may opt to complete multiple assignments in one subject area per day versus traditionally doing one assignment per course per day. Gifted students can chose higher level courses from our 150 course offerings, add additional courses if they finish early, and challenge themselves through our lessons.

Dyslexia has so many forms and levels that it is difficult, if not impossible, to respond properly to this question. The best advice would be to show the diagnosing physician our academy’s curriculum and work together to decide whether our academy would be a good choice.

Because of our online environment and multimedia-rich curriculum, students with attention disorders seem to do extremely well at our academy. Our unique online learning system allows students to work quietly, accommodate rapidly changing energy levels and work at their own unique pace. Although we do not offer special education services, the very nature of our engaging curriculum has been a wonderful solution to many students with attention disorders. We suggest that parents of students with special needs consult their health-care provider about our academy’s learning environment to determine whether it may be helpful.

Please visit www.TheMorningStarAcademy.org and click on the “Tuition” tab to learn more about our tuition.

If you choose the single payment plan, your full payment is due at the time of enrollment. If you choose the installment payment plan, your down payment is due at the time of enrollment, and the installments will be due in 30 day increments.

Because of the low tuition rate, we do not currently have sibling discounts.

The other fees are registration, shipping and handling, and material fees. The registration fee supports the process of setting up a new homeroom for each student, selecting and specifying course selections, and coordinating the selection. The shipping and handling fees cover the cost of the delivery of curriculum materials included supplemental textbooks and the CDs. Many courses also have a multimedia access fee, enabling the student to access fee-required materials on a number of educational websites. Per-course fees can be found on each course’s description on this website.

Tuition can be paid by check, money order, Visa, or MasterCard. Please be advised that mailed payments can take up to two weeks to process. To remit with a check or money order, simply mail to:
The MorningStar Academy
Attn: MSA Member Services
Box 210 24 North Bryn Mawr Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
To pay with a credit card: Browse to http://www.TheMorningStarAcademy.org/parent and enter using your user name and password, and then click on “Make a Payment.” Our online payment form is a secure and encrypted payment facility.

Log on to our website, www.TheMorningStar.org, click on Enroll Now, then follow the links to fill out the enrollment application.

Once the initial application and registration fee are received, we are usually able to process an application within 2-3 school days. After courses are selected, we ship curriculum materials in 2-4 school days (beginning in late summer to accounts that are in good standing). Students are welcome to begin on the online assignments while waiting for their curriculum materials to arrive after their first school day. Students can print most ebooks if they prefer to study from paper, rather than a computer screen.

All enrollment steps are verified through email confirmations.

Enrollment/registration fees can be paid by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard or Paypa.. Please be advised that mailed payments can take up to two weeks to process. To remit with a check or money order, simply mail to:
The MorningStar Academy
Attn: MSA Member Services
Box 210 24 North Bryn Mawr Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
To pay with a credit card: Browse to http://www.TheMorningStarAcademy.org/parent and enter using your username and password, and then click on “Make a Payment.” Our online payment form is a secure and encrypted payment facility.

Normally your enrollment/registration fee is not refundable, however if we are not able to accept your student for enrollment you will receive a full refund.

The MorningStar Academy offers a comprehensive academic program for families schooling at home. Upon enrollment, you will have access to a nationally accredited program with over 150 Biblically-based courses to choose from. Our teachers grade the assignments and answer student inquiries, while our system tracks all of your student’s academic records. Your parent account information is accessible at all times. Best of all, The MorningStar Academy is a registered private school, so we can grant high school credits and award Diplomas to all graduating seniors!

If a family disenrolls at anytime during the active academic year after the 30 day trial period, they are fully responsible for all fees and tuition owed for that school year.

A part-time student takes five or less courses per year; a full-time student takes six classes or more per year. Part-time student will pay by the course, while full-time students will be charged the yearly tuition.

The first 30 days begins from the student’s first login to the school system. If the school year hasn’t begun, then you are still technically within the first 30 days.
You are responsible for the registration fee, shipping fee, CD Usage Fee (unless the CDs are returned) and either 1) the first tuition installment if paying on the installment plan or 2) 25% of the total tuition amount paid if initially paid in full at registration; 75% of the tuition paid will be refunded.

It is a requirement of The MorningStar Academy that all students submit their completed health form, a copy of their birth certificate (and US citizenship when appropriate), as well as a copy of their immunization records within 30 days of primary enrollment. Additionally students will be required to submit updated health forms and immunization records upon entry to 9th grade. Families who choose not to vaccinate must submit the immunizations exemption form. Families who choose not to vaccinate or use health services must submit an additional signed letter stating that medical visits interfere with their religious beliefs. Any student who does not return the forms within the first 30 days of school will be blocked from accessing their schoolwork until the forms have been submitted. You can find the health forms, religious exemption forms, and an immunization form at this website.
To submit your health form, simply mail to:
The MorningStar Academy
Attn: MSA Member Services
Box 210 24 North Bryn Mawr Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

If you have entered your information but have not paid the registration fee or any other monies, you need not do anything. If you have entered your information and have paid the registration fee or other costs, you must contact Member Services.

1. Log on to www.TheMorningStaracademy.org
2. Click on the “150 Courses” Button
3. Choose your area of interest for a full description of all available courses.

Parents select courses for their 6th -12th grade students. K-5th grade students receive a standardized curriculum, although parents may make grade level adjustments to suit the educational abilities of their student; for example, a 3rd grade student may take 4th grade Math.

The Academy offers 8 placement tests, which are:
• Language Arts for grades K-2
• Mathematics for grades K-2
• Language Arts for grades 3-5
• Mathematics for grades 3-5
• Language Arts for grades 6-8
• Mathematics for grades 6-8
• Language Arts for grades 9-12
• Mathematics for grades 9-12

Placement tests are free.

Students in 6th – 12th grade must select courses from our online listing during the enrollment or re-enrollment process. Course descriptions can be found at www.TheMorningStaracademy.org under the “150 Courses” tab.

Yes! We want all students to be in the best course “placements.” A student has 30 days in which to “try on” the selected courses and make changes. After 30 days, there is a $25 fee for changing a course. There is also a $25 fee for dropping a course.

Yes. For instance, it would be perfectly acceptable for a 7th grader to take 6th grade English and 8th grade Math, simply because these are the levels where they would best perform. If your student is in K-5th grade, you will need to contact member services in order to change their standardized curriculum.

Students may move at a pace that best suits their academic needs. Students are permitted to be enrolled in up to eight courses at any given time. Tuition includes 6 courses, so additional courses cost an extra fee. If you’d like to add an additional course, contact Member Services

The MorningStar Academy adheres to an “anywhere, anytime, any pace” learning environment. Students have up to 10 months, September through June, to complete a course (although most are done in 6-9 months). A Daily Calendar of assignments is provided as a guide. Our system is designed so that students cannot progress to a new quarter until all work in the previous quarter is completed, so it makes sense to move at a regulated, sensible pace throughout the year.

All incomplete assignments are given a “0”, and averaged into your cumulative grade for a course. Depending on your grade average for the class and the number of assignments left incomplete that turn to “0” at the end of the year, you may or may not fail.

No, you cannot start at different quarters. You may begin your schooling at the quarter you are in upon enrollment, or an earlier quarter, but you may not choose a later quarter or have different courses in various quarters throughout the year.

All courses have accompanying materials including textbooks, workbooks, ebooks, CD-ROMs and other learning materials. The cost of materials is clearly listed on each course page. Many of the materials are included in the tuition, but a number of courses require additional offline materials that are essential to the course. Students who withdraw before the end of the year must either return all curriculum materials or pay for them. There are a very few courses in which the parent is required to purchase a textbook or workbook, and in these rare cases, that information is posted in the Course Descriptions.

There are a few items that parents must purchase. These items are clearly marked in the course catalog and can be purchased in advance of the course from a retailer of your choice (we usually have some retailers listed, but the choice is yours). Materials that you are required to purchase (if any) are clearly marked when you register for courses. Many of the books you need may be found at your local library.

The term “ebooks” means electronic books. Academy student’s ebooks are the lessons we provide. You do not have to download special software to access the ebooks.

Yes, if you drop a course you are obligated to return all curriculum materials, including the CDs. You will be refunded for the cost of them once they are returned, received and processed by our Shipping Department.

CD usage fees will not be refunded until CDs are returned. The CDs must be unused and unopened for a refund to be processed. As soon as we have received the unused and unopened materials from the course being dropped, we will refund that charge.

No materials need to be returned at the end of the year. The books, workbooks, and software are yours to keep. The video CDs time out after 1 year of use, and therefore do not need to be returned either.

If you need to return materials, please send them to:
The MorningStar Academy
Attn: MSA Member Services
Box 210 24 North Bryn Mawr Ave
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Please be sure to include your name, your student’s name, and the Academy you attended.

Learning happens everywhere! Online education is a way of learning via the Internet. At The MorningStar Academy, lessons are delivered through our school site to students. They login to complete these lessons whenever their schedule permits. Most online schooling families set up their own schedules that the parents monitor. Offline learning is a vital part of education too! The Academy credits each student with attendance time for all offline learning activities, such as watching an educational video or taking a trip to the museum.

No other academy offers such a diverse array of courses! The MorningStar Academy is proud to offer over 150 Biblically-bases courses that range from Web Design to Creative Writing. The Christ-centered curriculum uses state-of-the-art technology to provide a challenging and engaging experience for each student. The Academy lessons are student-driven, require about 45 minutes of time to complete, and contain content readings, engaging activities, colorful graphics, animated materials, and the infusion of multimedia, such as digitized sound and videos. Our Curriculum Team is dedicated to ensuring all lessons follow Biblical principles and teachings, and that they are all age-appropriate.

The MorningStar Academy program is founded on the belief that we live in a created universe, in which all truth emanates from God. The materials are intended to support instruction that establishes Christian truth as the complete truth and a real, dependable guide for life. Our Bible-based curriculum expresses that knowledge is both discovered and revealed. Thus, the Bible is presented as the inspired, inerrant Word of God and the only true authority. The Christian courses underscore our belief that humankind is specially created in God’s image, man’s “sub-creative” imagination and powers are inherent from that creation, man is fallen and there are consequences from the fall.

The MorningStar Academy attempts to offer the finest Christian education available online. One of the markers of a high-quality education is that it produces citizens, knowledgeable in a variety of subjects (including world affairs) and capable of understanding all sides of an issue to make an informed decision. Jesus himself was very well educated in the tenets of those who opposed Him, so that he could “speak their language” while making a solid defense for His beliefs. Other viewpoints may be addressed occasionally to give the students the opportunity to see all sides of a subject or issue. The MorningStar Academy does not advocate a particular doctrinal view and strive to give the parents as much control over their student’s educational experience as possible. Please keep your beliefs in mind when choosing which subjects you will enroll your student in to minimize having to make many changes later on. To assist you, our course catalogs offer vivid course descriptions to help you choose courses best suited to the spiritual and educational goals you have set for your student. Course selection begins in 6th grade. K-5 students receive a standard elementary curriculum.

We have a team of curriculum developers who research and write our curriculum with input from out Academic Counselors.

No, our coursework for the year is not posted all at once. It is released systematically over the course of the year. However, we do have some sample lessons on our homepage that you can review.

• Online Reading assignments are the most common. They require you to read an assigned portion of a chapter, and usually include links to external websites and/or instructions for watching videos. Click “Please CLICK HERE to Submit Your Finished Assignment” when you have completed the required reading.
• Multiple Choice assignments are quizzes or tests. Some Multiple Choice assignments may require you to watch a video or do lesson reading and/or additional reading on external websites before answering the questions. Click “Turn In Your Test” when all questions have been answered.
• Fill In The Blank assignments usually contain a reading assignment and then a series of fill-in-the-blank questions. Click “Turn In Your Test” when all questions have been answered.
• Free Response assignments require you to do some reading and/or research, and then type the required response, usually an essay, into the text box provided. Once the free response has been completed, click the “Send Free Response” button to submit the assignment.
• Discussion Board assignments have assigned reading and may require you to visit external websites or watch videos, and then make a posting on the assignment’s discussion board in response to assigned questions. After you click “Add Comment” to post your response, you will be able to view the responses of your classmates.
Online readings and discussion boards do not receive a grade. They are marked completed or not completed, and are unweighted. Graded assignments are weighted differently and therefore some assignments are worth more than others.

Test and quizzes are a common part of learning at The MorningStar Academy. We work very hard to help students do their very best. There are many kinds of tests and quizzes ranging from multiple choice and true and false to essays and reports (called Free Responses). A number of tests and quizzes are graded automatically by our system, and students will receive their grades immediately. Our academy students enjoy individual assignment grading by Academic Counselors for those assignments not automatically graded by the computer, and the students often have the opportunity to receive positive feedback and suggestions to help them improve in their work and grow in their academic abilities.

Lessons and ebooks can be printed for reference and study. They can only be used by the person enrolled and may not be copied and/or redistributed for use by others.

The following chart outlines the grading structure:

100 – 97 A+ 4.00
96-94 A 4.00
93-90 A- 3.67
89-87 B+ 3.33
86-84 B 3.00
83-80 B- 2.67
79-77 C+ 2.33
76-74 C 2.00
73-70 C- 1.67
69-67 D+ 1.33
66-64 D 1.00
63-60 D- 0.67

You can track the academic progress of your student by logging into your student’s homeroom, and click on grade book on the top of the page. You will be taken to a page that shows an overview of all your student’s classes and grades. To see grades for individual assignments, or to view all the completed work in a course, click on grade book Details. From here, you can view specific information about each of your student’s courses.

Log into your student’s homeroom, and click on grade book on the top of the page. You will be taken to a page that shows an overview of all your student’s classes and grades. To see grades for individual assignments, or to view all the completed work in a course, click on grade book Details. From here, you can view specific information about each of your student’s courses.

You can view your student’s Gradebook Details page by clicking “Student Gradebook” in the Student Tools bar on the right side of your Student Home Page (reached by clicking your student’s name from the Parent Tool Home page).

A parent or homeschool teacher is responsible for grading your student’s work.

Your student’s transcript is a written record of their courses for the year, their grades in both letter and number form their grade point average for each class, and their overall grade point average for all their classes combined. Transcripts also show the credits the student has received for the year for each class, as well as their combined credits for the year for all classes combined.

In order to receive a transcript, you must contact Member Services. A copy of your student’s transcript is available at anytime to accounts in good standing. There is a transcript fee for official transcripts (one that is signed and bears our embossed corporate seal) mailed via First Class mail to a third party. Delivery of transcripts can be refused or delayed at any time if the staff suspects fraudulent use or manipulations by students or family members. Students in their first year at our academy are not eligible to order an official transcript until they have completed at least one full school year at our academy. Transcripts take from two to four weeks for their completion and delivery.

No, students will not be sent a report card at the end of each quarter or semester. However, you are able to print your student’s grades at any time during the year by accessing their “School Record” on their homeroom page at no cost.

No, students will not be sent a final report card at the end of the year. However, you are able to print your student’s grades at any time during the year by accessing their “School Record” on their homeroom page at no cost.

Portfolios are an in-depth report of the student’s learning year including a standard transcript, samples of completed assignments from each course, and a detailed attendance log outlining the amount of time spent working online and in offline activities. This is available for a record retrieval fee. Portfolios are a great way to show some of the work your student has completed over the course of the year.

To receive a Portfolio, you should contact Member Services.
You can contact Member Services Monday- Friday 9am-5pm EST at 1 (484) 383-3900 or contact one of our representatives through our Live Help Chat at www.TheMorningStarAcademy.org

Our academy online learning system will keep accurate records of your student’s progress throughout the year. Our system allows parents to keep full and complete records of both online lessons and offline activities, like field trips and community service activities.
All of these records, Academic Counselor comments, evaluations and transcripts/ school records are available to you online to be printed out as needed during the normal school year. These can be kept as an important record for your own review. Parents can print out these materials from the Student Homeroom anytime during the school year at no cost.

Parents and students will have access to the “Gradebook & Timelog” and “School Record” buttons on the student’s homeroom page until August 31. They will be able to print out the gradebook, timelog, and grades until this date. After this date, they will are no longer available.

Unless otherwise noted, tests and quizzes are NOT open book. As a Christian Academy, we rely on the honor of our students to insure they do not “cheat” in this way. We expect our students to utilize all forms of note taking and study skills to help them achieve the best possible grade. If you are unsure, just ask before you proceed. Of course, reviewing your past lessons is always encouraged, as this is one of the best ways to keep the information fresh in your mind.

As a Christian Academy, we rely on the honor of our students to insure they do not “cheat” in this way. We expect our students to utilize all forms of note taking and study skills to help them achieve the best possible grade. Remember that the goal of the academies is to build students into thinking, reasoning Christian adults. Your student may choose to go on to college, where traditional note taking skills and solid study habits will be expected. This is the time for your student to be learning these valuable skills, while also perfecting his or her “internal honors system” as befitting all young Christians. Please review the information on Plagiarism as a supplement to this information.

Our plagiarism policy is outlined below. Plagiarism offenses accumulate for the entire year, not for an individual course.
First Offense:
An Academic Counselor will email the student and parent informing them of the plagiarized lesson.
A note will be made in the student’s file stating the course, assignment number, a copy of student’s work and source plagiarized.
In order for the student to resubmit the assignment, a parent must request a reset. This will use one of the two resets in that class for the year.
Second Offense:
An Academic Counselor will email the student and parent informing them of the plagiarized lesson.
A note will be made in the student’s file stating the course, assignment number, a copy of student’s work and source plagiarized.
The plagiarized assignment will be given a 0. Students will not be able to resubmit the assignment.
Third Offense:
Student will be suspended one to seven days.
Fourth Offense and Higher:
An Academic Counselor will email the student and parent informing them of the plagiarized lesson.
A note will be made in the student’s file stating the course, assignment number, a copy of student’s work and source plagiarized.
The plagiarized assignment will be given a 0. Students will not be able to resubmit the assignment.
Length of suspension is up to the discretion of the Teaching Supervisor and Director of Academics.

The Parent Password/Username is a private access code chosen by the parent in order to gain access to our system. Students also receive these codes, but they are different from the parents, and they access the system from a different area.

If you forget your password or username, contact Member Services Monday – Friday 9am-5pm EST at 1 (484) 383-3900

Upon registration, you will provide a valid email address. Email is the most common form of communication between the school and you. It is very important to check your email periodically to be sure it is operational. Some email accounts automatically reject academy mail as “spam”. If you have spam block set up in your email, be sure to add us to your “safe sender” list so you do not miss out on important communications in the future.

You can change any of your personal information by logging into your Parent Page.

The Message Center is where students can send an email to their Academic Counselor to ask a question about an assignment or for any other concerns. To email their Academic Counselor, students simply log into their homeroom page, select the class they have the question about, then click the Message Center button and send an e-mail to your Academic Counselor. Students should include the class they are asking a question about, the lesson number, and any work they have done for the assignment so our Academic Counselors can review it thoroughly.

Study Hall is used to accurately monitor student work time. When the student logs into school, their active online time is automatically counted towards attendance. If the student is working, but not actively on the computer, Study Hall must be kept open so their work time continues to be logged. Some examples of this would be if they are reading a book or watching a movie. To open Study Hall, students should double click on the Study Hall button. A new window will open and it will say, “You are currently logged into your Study hall.” Students can then minimize the Study Hall window when it opens. Make sure this stays open the entire time your student is doing their offline school work. As long as this window remains open, their time spent on schoolwork will be properly counted and stored as part of your school record.

The Time Log is a report showing all the hours your student has logged in completing your student’s schoolwork. Since The Academy has hourly requirements for the year, it is important to keep an eye on your Time Log to be sure you are accumulating the proper amount of hours.

The Family Handbook contains a wealth of information designed to answer a wide variety of questions. We place it on the student’s desktop so that students and parents may have immediate access to answers to commonly asked questions about curriculum and procedures. We suggest you read the family handbook at the beginning of the school year to familiarize your family with the many aspects of The MorningStar Academy.

Joy Directed Activity is the area for recording supplemental educational activities for which your student should be receiving attendance credit. For example, if your student is reading a specific book for school, and your local theatre is performing a play about the book, then time spent attending this play would be recorded here. Trips to the museum to learn about ancient artifacts, the duck pond to sketch the great outdoors, or your local botanical gardens to learn about plants in your area are all activities that might enforce school lessons. You may also include community service related activities and learning activities. This could be assisting the elderly, volunteer work, teaching a skill to someone else, performing, playing an instrument, or field trips to areas of interest. Learning a new skill, such as balancing a checkbook or baking/cooking something new could also be included here. These are educational opportunities and should be included in your student’s educational record. Physical Education activities, such as bowling, dancing, karate, fishing, hunting, swimming, walking, exercising on a treadmill, running for a cause or gardening can be entered here.

Students may enter up to 150 hours of Joy Directed Activities per year.

Some assignments are field trips. They can be as simple as going outside for a walk to observe something or visiting a museum. Field trip assignments may require students to write a report on the trip, or the parent may simply enter the activity in the Joy Directed Activity log. The activity will then become a part of the student’s permanent record.

The “Raise-Your-Hand” feature, or Live Chat, is an exciting and unique way for our families and staff to communicate throughout the school day. Some may recognize this feature as “instant messaging”. However, it is so much more than that. When a student logs on to a classroom, they will see an icon of a hand along the right side of the page, with the words “Raise Your Hand”. Clicking on the hand, they will be shown a box wherein they can write a message to their Academic Counselor, who is their teacher. The Academic Counselor will respond and the student may ask their questions. This feature is strictly for communication betweens students, their parents, and Academic Counselors in an effort to answer questions quickly and efficiently. This allows the student to move forward with their schoolwork, without the downtime associated with waiting for an answer to an e-mail. Students are free to ask as many questions as needed, as often as necessary. As you can imagine, this is an extremely popular feature! Therefore, we request that students be prepared to ask their question and absorb the answer in a non-distracting environment, as the Academic Counselors receive many, many requests every hour. They are not able to wait for the student while the student attends to a personal matter. The Academic Counselor will end the communication if this occurs, and the student may log on again when they are free to focus on the discussion at hand.
Additionally, the use of slang, internet language or internet writing is not acceptable when communicating with teachers on Live Chat.

Academic Counselors are responsible for accessing and handling student and parent communications about their classes and grading all free responses. They offer support to a student who is struggling, but students are not permitted to ask Academic Counselors to check answers to assignments or proofread a writing assignment before they submit it.
Additionally, Academic Counselors provide Class Announcements on topics of interest to their students. Our academies employ a progressive method of team teaching, enabling the student to receive the very best in team coverage for all questions and problems they may have in their classes. If a student wishes to speak to an Academic Counselor, they may contact him or her through the Message Center or the Live Operator System.

The terms “teacher” and “Academic Counselor” are used interchangeably at our academies. Academic Counselors are highly familiar with the various courses and are the best equipped to deal with the questions and concerns of the students. They all share a love of education and are excited to be a part of online learning.

Learning By Grace hires Academic Counselors who are experts in their field and they posses strong language skills since all of their communication with students and parents is done in writing. Many teachers possess state certification in the area they are teaching and many have degrees in their fields. Our teachers must be technically proficient and understand online education. Learning By Grace is reinventing education, which means finding new ways of doing things, and we are pleased to be able to examine closely the applicant’s strengths and personality, in addition to knowing they have passed a test designed for teachers who teach in a traditional system.

There are two ways to contact your student’s Academic Counselor: through the Message center and by the “Raise your Hand” feature.

Here are the minimum recommended system requirements:
• Pentium III processor
• 256K RAM
• 6 Gigabyte Hard Drive
• CD-ROM
• 56K Modem
• Sound Card
• Internet Explorer 7

The MorningStar Academy online school has been designed to work well with a wide range of computers. The minimum requirements are: a Pentium III processor, 64K RAM, 6 gig hard drive, floppy drive, CD-ROM drive, and a 56K modem or faster connection

No, an upgrade to DSL is not necessary to view the lessons. The CDs sent to you with each course contain all the audio and video information your student will need to complete their lessons in addition to the text of the lesson. These can be played in your computer’s CD drive and do not rely on an internet connection to be viewed.

We do not guarantee MAC compatibility although a lot of the software and videos work on MACs. In order to make certain everything is accessible; the student should have a Windows-based computer.

You will need the free Acrobat reader. Please go to the following link, and follow the download instructions. www.LearningbyGrace.org/downloads

Not necessarily, but it is recommended. Each student gets their own username and password with which they log in to school with. It is possible for them to share a computer as long as they use their individual logs in when doing their school work. We recommend they each have their own computer so they can do school work at any time rather than having to schedule school time with each other

Yes. Some assignments have worksheets to print out and complete on paper. Also, some students prefer to print their lessons and work on them offline rather than being on the computer all day.

All students learn and process information differently. Many students complete do all work online. We suggest, however, that all written assignments are done in a Word Processor and SAVED before submitting them to The MorningStarAcademy. Many students have found success in printing tests first, working through the problems on paper, revising them, and then submitting the answers online as a final step. We suggest you try different methods at the beginning of the school year to find what works best for your student, which is most likely dependent on their learning style.

When an assignment is “weighted”, it means there is a grade for that assignment. Unlike a Discussion Board or Online Reading Assignment, which is completed by the student but for which no grade is given, weighted assignments are given a weight indicating to what degree the assignment will affect your grade.

Because we are a private school, students must complete all assignments in all courses. No assignments are optional. Those assignments that remain incomplete will be graded with a “0” until they are completed. If you have a concern with a specific aspect of a subject, contact the Academic Counselor for that subject to discuss your concerns.
When deciding whether to skip an assignment, keep in mind:
• the student’s future college/occupational goals and how the lack of knowledge may relate to those goals
• other assignments throughout the year may depend on knowledge gained from the assignment you are thinking of skipping

You can view your student’s Gradebook Details page by clicking “Student Gradebook” in the Student Tools bar on the right side of your Student Home Page (reached by clicking your student’s name from the Parent Tool Home page).

The MorningStar Academy must uphold Academic Integrity and is responsible for holding students accountable for their actions. We allow 2 assignments to be reset as “not completed” in each course during each academic year. Reset assignments may then be resubmitted by the student. Resets can only be requested by parents. Parents need to email their student’s teacher through their Parent Page, or call Member Services to explain the situation. Ultimately, Academic Counselors have the final say if and when an assignment is reset and able to be resubmitted by the student. We reserve the right for the teacher to refuse a reset request by a parent. Resets are monitored and can be viewed on your Parent Page.

The only time a student is required to log a certain number of hours is if the student is enrolled in our 9-12 Health and Physical Education course. These students will need to be enrolled in a structured physical activity that would accumulate 40 hours throughout the school year. The term “structured” denotes an activity for which students provide The MorningStar Academy with a letter from their coach or instructor noting their participation. The hours spent on the activity should be logged as Joy Directed Activities.
To do so, the parent enters their parent password on the home page of their student’s Health/PE course. (Found on the right above “Enter a Joy Directed Activity”.) Input the activity and the time spent on the Joy Directed Activity form. Write a description of the activity and record the time spent in minutes. If your student spent an hour and a half participating in a structured game of soccer or swimming at the local YMCA, you would note this as “90 minutes”.

Your student can only submit work while enrolled in our program. If your student is currently enrolled in our school for the summer, they can submit any work done through the summer. If a student is not enrolled in our summer program, they cannot submit their 40 hours of mandatory (structured) time completed in the summer.

The Health and PE graduation requirement dictates that BOTH health and PE must be taken and mastered by the student in order to issue the credit. Your student would still need to complete our Health and PE class in order to gain the full credit. If your student’s previous high school awarded your student a credit or half credit for gym class they still need to complete our Health and PE class in order to earn the credit for Health that they will need to meet graduation requirements. They will need to submit an official transcript in order to transfer the PE credit.

Students can receive high school Physical Education and attendance credit from The MorningStar Academy for lessons taken during high school. The following must be true:
1. A written report from the lesson instructor or other report from a third party verifying the participation of the student or documentation such as photographs and/or other objective “evidence” that would confirm participation and progress as a result of the lessons.
2. The student must have taken the lessons when they were between the ages of 13 and 19 years OR
Any extra curricular activity should be documented in the Joy Directed Activities section. To do so, the parent enters their parent password on the home page of any one of their student’s course. (Found on the right above “Enter a Joy Directed Activity”.) Input the activity and the time spent on the Joy Directed Activity form. Write a description of the activity and record the time spent in minutes. If your student spent an hour and a half participating in a structured game of soccer or swimming at the local YMCA, you would note this as “90 minutes”. These activities will count as time credits towards the student’s attendance.

Member Services assist our families with technical questions. Enrollment and tuition issues, missing curriculum shipments, changes to a student’s roster, etc. are just some of the issues handled by Member Services.

You can contact Member Services on our toll free line at (484) 383-3900.
• Monday thru Friday from 9 AM to 4:30 PM EST
or
contact one of our representatives