Online Private High School Curriculum

Online education is a natural fit for today’s teens. High school students have grown up with the Internet, and they use technology to connect with each other and their interests every day. Pearson Online Academy’s 9–12 education features a college preparatory private school curriculum that is fine-tuned to launch each student into a successful future.

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Online High School Courses

Core and Elective Courses

Our inclusive set of core high school courses covers subjects in math, science, English, and social studies. We also offer many elective courses in areas such as foreign languages, digital technology, journalism, and art history.

Honors and Advanced Placement® (AP®)* Courses

Our honors/AP courses are particularly beneficial for college-bound students or any ambitious student who wishes to demonstrate mastery in a specific subject area.

NCAA-Approved Courses for Student Athletes

For college-bound student athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school, Pearson Online Academy offers many NCAA-approved core high school courses. Students should work closely with a school counselor, referencing the NCAA-approved courses listed below and considering graduation requirements when planning their schedules. Students seeking NCAA eligibility must complete coursework consistently and discuss course progress with teachers at a minimum of four checkpoints throughout the course.

In addition to taking approved courses, student athletes will need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework.

English Courses

  • English 9
  • English 10
  • English 11
  • English 12
  • Honors English 9
  • Honors English 10
  • Honors English 11
  • Honors English 12
  • Journalism
  • Speech and Debate
  • AP English Language & Composition
  • AP English Literature & Composition

Social Studies Courses

  • American Government (year-long)
  • Economics
  • Geography and Society
  • Honors American Government
  • Honors US History
  • Honors World History
  • US History
  • Psychology
  • World Geography
  • World History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP US Government
  • AP US History

Mathematics Courses

  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Honors Algebra 1
  • Honors Algebra 2
  • Honors Geometry
  • Honors Precalculus
  • Precalculus
  • Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Statistics

Natural/Physical Science Courses

An asterisk (*) denotes a course with a lab requirement.

  • Biology*
  • Chemistry*
  • Earth Science*
  • Earth Space Science*
  • Environmental Science*
  • Honors Biology*
  • Honors Chemistry*
  • Honors Earth Science*
  • Honors Earth Space Science*
  • Honors Marine Science
  • Honors Physical Science*
  • Marine Science
  • Physical Science*
  • Physics*
  • AP Biology*
  • AP Environmental Science*

Additional Courses

  • Chinese I
  • Chinese II
  • Chinese III
  • French I
  • French II
  • French III
  • French IV
  • German I
  • German II
  • German III
  • Japanese I
  • Japanese II
  • Latin I
  • Latin II
  • Latin III
  • Sign Language I
  • Sign Language II
  • Spanish I
  • Spanish II
  • Spanish III
  • Spanish IV
  • AP Spanish Language

Support and Guidance

Virtual private high school students work collaboratively with their counselors and Learning Coaches to develop a personal learning plan for academic progress and postsecondary planning. In grades 9–12, online students start to really take charge of their education and student responsibility by setting goals, working independently, and exploring their future career and college options.

What to Expect

Hours Spent Learning A minimum of 30 hours per week.
Hours Spent on the Computer About 80–90 percent of the school day. Students learn primarily online.
Level of Scheduling Flexibility A prescribed schedule is provided. Students work with teachers as needed to create alternate schedules that accommodate their individual needs.
Number of Teachers Students have subject-specific teachers and a homeroom or advisory teacher who monitors and assists with the student’s performance across all subjects. A school counselor is also available.

Preparing for Graduation and Beyond

We offer in-depth support to ensure that students understand the Pearson Online Academy graduation requirements and are well prepared for life beyond high school, including:

  • Access to full-time, certified school counselors.
  • Assistance in creating a four-year academic plan.
  • College and career planning, including:
    • Guidance in finding appropriate college or career opportunities.
    • College application process LiveLesson® online workshops, including information on local colleges/universities.
    • Financial aid and scholarship LiveLesson® online workshops.
    • Free access to college admissions test preparation online courses and information about test dates, locations, etc.
    • Access to advanced learning pathways and college courses that allow students to earn college credits.
  • Additional clubs and activities as well as extracurricular groups such as National Honor Society and National English Honor Society.

View the Graduation Requirements

Interacting in a Virtual Classroom

Student interaction is a critical part of the overall educational process for international online high schools. While most of the instruction supports anytime, anywhere learning, students also participate in a live online classroom environment through LiveLesson® technology.

Learn More About the Technology

* AP® and Advanced Placement® are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.

Note: Participation in our online environment requires appropriate computer equipment and Internet access. Before continuing with the enrollment process, please review the technology requirements.

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