More Changes at Beacon Academy – 07.21.14

Making the transition from a traditional high school in Clark County, Nye County, Lincoln County, Esmeralda County or Mineral County to a virtual online charter high school can be a big adjustment in a student’s life, whether they are a ninth grade teenager or a student returning to high school following an absence of a year or two.  As an innovative virtual online public charter school, Beacon Academy is also making big adjustments to help these very kinds of students with their online high school education.

One of the changes taking place is a reorganization of the school structure.  The first step in reorganizing this Nevada online high school is a new Principal.  Starting on August 1, 2014 Beacon Academy will have a new Principal.  Other reorganizational changes are in development with the intent of adding additional focus and attention to the academic achievement of all students as they engage in their online high school curriculum.  These changes will include a seasoned individual whose sole responsibility will be focusing on assessing student academic mastery in various academic areas and coordinating with teachers and administrators in implementing focused intervention plans that will enhance Beacon Academy students’ goals of earning their accredited online high school diploma.

In conjunction with these changes in organization, Beacon Academy of Nevada, Nevada’s Online High School is bringing on more teachers that are full-time, mentors, and tutors.  The addition of these personnel will help the school’s students be more successful in their online high school education.

If you are a student or the parent of a struggling student who is not getting the attention he or she needs to earn their Nevada high school diploma, then come check out Beacon Academy to see if we are a fit.  Here are some links that will provide you with more information on the school.

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Only Five Weeks Left!

There are only five weeks of summer left before Beacon Academy resumes for the fall semester! Keep an eye out for orientation information, where you will receive your schedule of online high school classes. We have many new students this year who are choosing to pursue a high school diploma online and more students and their families are joining the Beacon Academy family every day. We are looking forward to seeing all of the new faces, and old ones too, at our welcome back festivities in August.

Make the next five weeks count! School starts Aug. 25th.

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Your Online High School Program: Year Four

Senior year is one of the most exciting, challenging, and nerve wracking years of a student’s academic career. During this year, students realize that their life will be changing; for some this is very scary and for others it’s very exciting. For parents, it’s a time of wonder and hope, but also a time of nervousness: What will your students do after graduating from a Nevada online high school and earning an accredited Nevada high school diploma online?

During senior year, students’ schedules may be light, with a minimum of 4 classes, or heavy, if making up credits or trying to Earn additional credits for college. In either event, a student’s online high school classes at Beacon Academy will generally consist of English, Math, American Government, and an Elective.

One of the most important events that should occur during the first semester of a senior’s high school year is the decision of what college to attend after high school. Applications to the colleges of your choice should be submitted before the holidays in December. In January, each student and parent should sit down and fill out the FAFSA form, which determines financial aid eligibility. Once the college acceptance letter comes in, students and parents tend to relax a bit and celebrate the great accomplishments their student has achieved.

By the end of a student’s senior year they should have completed all HSPE testing, SAT/ACT testing, sent in college applications, filled out the FAFSA form, received acceptance letter(s), and finally celebrate during their graduation ceremony.

At Beacon Academy, our seniors are no different than other student in Nevada high schools. All of these same steps occur and our biggest shining moment is at the end of the year when we have our graduation ceremony. Our students deserve to celebrate the huge accomplishment of earning their accredited high school diploma and the staff at Beacon Academy does their best to make it a very special day for seniors and their families.

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Beacon Academy of Nevada is a public online high school, accredited by AdvancED, and offers online high school classes to students in Clark, Nye, Lincoln, Esmeralda, Mineral, and other Nevada counties. Graduates earn an accredited high school diploma.

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What’s Going On Behind The Scenes – 07.15.14

At Beacon Academy of Nevada the administration and staff are working diligently to ensure that your fall semester gets off to a good start and you can focus on earning your free online high school diploma.  Even though Beacon Academy of Nevada is a virtual online public charter high school, we have offices in Las Vegas and Reno.

Some of the things currently going on at Beacon Academy is the scheduling of students for the fall semester, reimaging student computers (have you returned yours yet?), upgrading our curriculum, adding new and exciting electives, planning back to school activities, and organizing clubs.  One of the electives that will be offered and required for students are grade level College and Career Readiness courses.  These important courses will help our student better prepare for their futures after the graduate from Beacon Academy and earn their free online high school diploma.

Regardless of where you live in Nevada, be it in Clark County, Nye County, Lincoln County, Esmeralda County or Mineral CountyBeacon Academy of Nevada is there preparing for your future.  Of course, if you are currently enrolled in a brick and mortar school, then you really don’t know what you are missing.  Think about it, you too could be earning your free online Nevada high school diploma from home or from anywhere 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Sound intriguing?

If you would like to know more about Beacon Academy of Nevada, Nevada’s Online High School, here are some links that might interest you:

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The World Without Internet

Online high schools are becoming more common for students wanting to achieve an accredited high school diploma. The rise in free online high schools and students’ willingness to enroll in online high school classes would not be possible without the communities formed around the internet and its use for education. Without the internet and those who support it, Beacon Academy would not be able to help students earn a Nevada accredited high school diploma online. How do you envision a world without internet?

Check out this thought-provoking infographic from www.onlineeducation.net: The World Without Internet

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Beacon Academy of Nevada is a public online high school, accredited by AdvancED, and offers online high school classes to students in Clark, Nye, Lincoln, Esmeralda, Mineral, and other Nevada counties. Graduates earn an accredited high school diploma.

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We’re Here to Help

BOP mentors are here to help you succeed in school!

This special program provides students who need it the opportunity to have in-home services which will enable them to be successful in their educational program. These services are customized for the student who require or are recognized by Beacon Academy staff and faculty as potentially benefiting from them. The central idea of these services are to help students get on track, or back on track, with their accredited high school classes online or to offer a unique or needed social support or psychological service. Typically, students and/or their family will receive between one to four in-home visits under this program. At this time, the face-to-face visits are only available for our Las Vegas students. However, if you live in Nye, Lincoln, Esmeralda, Mineral, or anywhere else outside of Las Vegas, we can still help you! Contact Beacon Academy and we can discuss an alternative way for us to help get you back on track.

If you are tired of the routine of a brick and mortar school and would like to try a new innovative way to earn your high school diploma, check us out.

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Beacon Academy of Nevada is a public online high school, accredited by AdvancED, and offers online high school classes to students in Clark, Nye, Lincoln, Esmeralda, Mineral, and other Nevada counties. Graduates earn an accredited high school diploma.

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Your Online High School Program: Year Three

Junior year is an exciting year for students of Beacon Academy of Nevada. During this year a few different things happen. Events like SAT/ACT testing, proficiency testing, and narrowing down your college choices once you earn an accredited high school diploma online.

During a student’s junior year at Beacon Academy, his/her schedule will usually contain: English, Algebra 2, Science, American (US) History, and Electives. It’s also during this year that students should take the SAT and/or ACT exam for the first time early during the school year. By attempting the exams early in the school year they will have an idea if they should retake the exams to better their scores and better their chance of obtaining acceptance into the college(s) of their choice. There are many different resources for students preparing for the SAT or ACT exam.

The first resources that students should explore are the websites that host either exam. For the SAT, students should go to www.collegeboard.com; and for the ACT, students should visit www.actstudent.org. Other resources can be found at libraries, bookstores, or your high school counselor. These tests are important enough that Beacon Academy offers scholarships to encourage students to take these tests. By making these tests more accessible, Beacon Academy hopes more students will choose to continue their educations after completing their accredited high school programs online.

Juniors will also continue taking the Nevada High School Proficiency Exams starting with the November tests during which they will attempt the Writing exam for the first time, in addition to any retakes for the Math, Science, and Reading exams. It’s important to remember that once a student passes any of the 4 proficiency exams they do not have to retake that test.

By the end of the junior year students should have a top 5 list of colleges that they are strongly considering. During the summer between junior and senior year students should make campus tours to see what it would feel like if they were to attend the college. By the end of summer students should narrow this list down to 3 and send out applications. All of these are very important events that should take place during a student’s junior year and it is very important that parents continue to encourage and support their students in their search for life after high school.

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Challenges to Learning Online

Despite online education being a great option for many, there are some down sides to be aware of. These challenges can affect your chances of success, so it’s important to be aware of them before getting started with online learning. These factors include:

  1. Online courses at Beacon Academy of Nevada require the use of both the internet and a computer, so those that embark on such must have access to these, and knowledge of appropriate skills and technologies, in order to complete the program. If you are not computer-literate or don’t have ready access to appropriate technology, then online education may not be the best route to take (although many of today’s face to face courses require the use of these tools as well, just not as extensively). Beacon Academy does offer the use of loaner computers to those in need for educational purposes only and must be returned back to school at the end of each school year or upon dis-enrollment from Beacon Academy of Nevada.
  2. If you require an extra push to complete work, you may struggle with online classes as there is no one there to tell you when to do the work. You have to be very self-motivated and able to manage your time wisely in order to succeed.
  3. Not being able to complete one-to-one sessions with a teacher. Since everything is conducted online there are usually few if any chances available to talk with a teacher face to face (unless there are opportunities provided for communication via tools like Skype or chat or discussion groups). Beacon Academy does offer scheduled tutoring both in the Las Vegas and Reno areas to students who need a little extra assistance to complete their assignments.
  4. Even though online courses are growing in both status and popularity there are still certain perceptions and reputations attached to this particular method of learning. Fortunately, they have become increasingly accepted and are gradually becoming main-stream.
  5. Those that are very social may not prefer this particular learning method, as distance learning offers little if any social interaction. You will probably only interact with classmates via email, chat rooms, or discussion groups, though tools, like Google+, can also help you to build your own online communities.
  6. In most cases there is little support available to students – those partaking in online courses are often expected to find their own resources in regards to completing assignments and other online work.
  7. There is no campus atmosphere, which many consider a major part of the school experience. Despite distance education being extremely flexible, it is a rather “solo” experience. Beacon Academy does offer clubs and events that help to promote a campus atmosphere.

If you feel you are prepared to take on these challenges, or that some of them are not an issue for you, well then what are you waiting for … enroll at Beacon Academy of Nevada today!

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The Bill of Rights – 07.07.14

The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments to the Constitution of the United States.  As student of Beacon Academy have learned in their pursuit of their accredited online high school diploma program is that the Bill of Rights  were proposed to address the concerns of Anti-Federalists who had opposed Constitutional ratification due to what they perceived were excessive powers given to the central government.  These amendments guarantee a number of personal freedoms, limit the government’s power in judicial and other proceedings, and reserve some powers to the states and the public.

Initially, these amendments were only applicable to the federal government.  With the passage of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution in 1868, these guarantees and limitations were applied to state governments as well.  Beacon Academy students are taught the significance of this change in their high school classes online.

The 10th Amendment states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”  This amendment was significant in that is was designed to limit the growth of the federal government.  The founders of our great nation understood the nature of mankind and had experienced significant pressures and demands from the English royal court when the colonies were under the tutelage of the King of England.

In Government and US History high school classes online, taught at Beacon Academy, students debate the issues that face the nation today and discuss in detail whether the 10th Amendment is being violated by the federal government.  The debate tends to center around whether the federal government is using incentives to encourage the states to become instruments of national policy or as a coercive and punitive measure if the states refuse to comply.   A couple of examples of this demonstrate this point:  (1) federal educational funds may not be accepted without implementation of special education programs in compliance with IDEA, and similarly, (2) the nationwide state 55 mph speed limit established by the federal government in the late 1970’s.

This kind of learning environment is why Beacon Academy of Nevada is a unique way for student to earn their free online high school diploma.  If you would like to be part of this innovative and modern method of earning your accredited online high school diploma, check out Beacon Academy.  We are the only homegrown Nevada statewide virtual online high school.  Our goal is to give you the opportunity to join our high school diploma program and to go on to bigger and better things.  As a statewide virtual online high school, you can live in Clark County, Nye County, Lincoln County, Esmeralda County or Mineral County and be part of the Beacon Academy family and earn your high school education.

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Happy Fourth of July!

Today is July 4th and the Beacon Academy offices are closed so that we can celebrate America’s signature holiday. As you celebrate with your families and break from your online high schools classes in Summer School or credit recovery, consider what this holiday means to you and your loved ones. You can even share your thoughts in the comments.

Whatever activities you find yourself engaged in this weekend, barbecuing, traveling, or working towards your accredited high school diploma online, be sure to have fun and stay safe over the long weekend.

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