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At Pearson Online Academy, we’re committed to giving our students the knowledge and tools they need to be successful—not only in our classrooms, but long after graduation.

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College Success Program for College Credits

The Pearson Online Academy College Success program gives highly motivated students the opportunity to earn college credits while still working toward their high school diploma. Both track options below are designed to help our students achieve their academic goals and explore a wide variety of college courses.

Course-Based Option

Open to all high school students in grades 9–12 who fit eligibility requirements, this flexible option includes both instructor-facilitated and self-paced courses. Students have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of single courses and earn credits that transfer to thousands of colleges and universities across the United States.

  • Students have access to hundreds of degree plans that are mapped to 1,800 schools.
  • The course acceptance rate into the student’s target institution is 99.9%.

Certificate Option

Offered in partnership with American Public University*, this instructor-led option is open to eligible students in grades 11 and 12 who prefer a more structured and curated learning experience. American Public University online certificate programs are ideal if you seek a short program focused on career exploration or knowledge of a specific discipline.

Students have the opportunity to choose one of six certificate pathway programs, including:

The homeland security certificate may be suitable for those interested in public safety, criminal justice and homeland security. Students will take courses to learn about security vulnerabilities, intelligence, consequence management, and homeland defense.

The real estate management certificate may be suitable for those interested in the real estate field. Students will take courses to learn about a variety of real estate topics including real estate law, property management, deeds and leases, insurance, marketing, and negotiation.

The visual communications certificate may be suitable for those interested in graphic design, image editing and animation. Students will take courses to learn how to design, develop and deploy moving text and graphics to create dynamic and interactive digital experiences.

The fire science certificate may be suitable for those interested in firefighting, fire inspection, and arson investigation. Students will take courses to learn about the essentials of fire behavior and combustion, fire prevention and protection systems, emergency services, and safety and survival.

The e-commerce certificate may be suitable for those interested in online marketing and analytic management, search engine optimization (SEO), or web developement. Students will take courses to learn about ecommerce architecture, tools and technologies, as well as analytics, videography, search engine optimization (SEO), and content management systems.

The space studies certificate may be suitable for those interested in aerospace. Students will take courses to expand their knowledge on spaceflight history, space policy, and planetary exploration.

Participation and Cost

Students who choose to participate in this program can also complete Advanced Placement® courses, if desired. Your Pearson Online Academy tuition includes the cost for all AP courses, as well as up to 18 credits of either College Success program.


Preparing for Success after High School with Career Technical Education

The Career Technical Education (CTE) courses offered by Pearson Online Academy allow students to combine both college preparation and workforce skills development into one customized education program. These courses encourage students to explore and prepare for careers in business, marketing, psychology, criminal justice, medicine, and more.

Students enrolled in our Career Technical Education high school courses gain thorough technical knowledge and skills training, supplemented by a strong academic foundation and real-world experience. Our programs of study are organized by career clusters, which include distinct groupings of occupations and industries based on the knowledge and skills they require. These clusters branch into career pathways to help students narrow their interests further and design an education plan for achieving career goals.

More Courses for Diverse Student Interests

Pearson Online Academy currently offers over thirty Career Technical Education courses. The large selection of courses gives students an opportunity to discover their interests and aptitudes and provides a clear instructional route toward a successful future in their chosen career, profession, or college education. View our online high school course descriptions including elective Career Technical Education courses.


A Pathway to U.S. Universities for International Students

Pearson Online Academy offers international students the U.S. high school experience without leaving home. Even better, our counseling team draws on deep experience in guiding international students toward U.S. Universities that suit them best, and preparing them for the SAT, ACT, and Advanced Placement®* exams needed for the University of their choice.

Our school has had a proven track record of success. Learn about Bulgaria native Iliana Pavela’s road to Ivy League school Cornell University after attending Pearson Online Academy. Or find out where other alumni are now!

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