Admissions Process for Our International Online Private School

Thank you for considering Pearson Online Academy for your child’s education. The information on this page will help you prepare for full-time enrollment.

Pearson Online Academy Online Enrollment Process
Pearson Online Academy empowers students to reach their full potential. Get started on your student’s application today. This video will help guide you through each step in the enrollment process and highlight important tips to ensure your student’s enrollment is successful.

Steps to Enroll

1. Review our Enrollment Options

Pearson Online Academy has full-time, part-time, and summer school enrollment options. View our admissions calendar for application deadlines. If you’d like to enroll full-time, continue on to the next step.

2. Submit an Application

To submit an application, you'll need to:

  • Create an account in the Pearson Online Classroom.
  • Pay the registration fee.
  • Submit all required information, forms, and documentation for your student(s).
  • Verify that you have met all requirements for enrollment.

3. Pay Tuition

After all documents are submitted, contact your admissions advisor to confirm the tuition fee and tuition discounts and payment plans.

4. Confirm Your Student’s Course Selections

  • K–8 students: Placement will be handled by our placement support team.
  • 9–12 students: Placement appointment will be scheduled through your account in the Pearson Online Classroom.

5. Final Confirmation

Confirm your enrollment via the Caretaker dashboard.

6. Orientation & Onboarding—You’re All Set!

Now it’s time to prepare for the start of your student’s new school experience. After carefully researching the factors that contribute to success in virtual schooling, Pearson Online Academy developed a two-part family support program, which helps make the learning experience more engaging and rewarding for students and families:

This robust onboarding program provides online learning support and helps new families begin virtual school strong. It includes:

  • Orientation courses for both students and parents.
  • Learning Coach Success Series—online sessions where experienced Pearson Online Academy parents share their insights and give pointers, and new families can ask questions.
  • Welcome phone calls from teachers.
  • Summer Connections, an opportunity for students to take part in Pearson Online Academy summer clubs and activities before the school year begins.

This program helps both new and experienced Learning Coaches learn more about their roles and responsibilities. It features:

  • Learning Coach Central—a hub of resources and quick links in the Pearson Online Classroom specifically designed for new Learning Coaches.
  • Learning Coach Resource Sessions—live online sessions throughout the year that help parents and caretakers become successful Learning Coaches and engage with other Learning Coaches.
  • Learning Coach Link—a monthly newsletter with tips and tricks for Learning Coaches, and information about upcoming events and Learning Coach training sessions.

Pearson Online Academy Enrollment Checklist and Eligibility Requirements

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Preparing for Enrollment

Use the online school enrollment checklist below to gather the documents you will need. Once you have your documents ready, it’s easy to create an account and complete the enrollment forms in the Pearson Online Classroom (formerly known as Connexus®), our online system.

Students who are currently expelled from their local school or district may not be eligible to enroll.

Required Documents
The documents below are required to enroll in school online at Pearson Online Academy. Please submit or transfer information from the following:

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Child's Proof of Age

A copy of one of the following documents must be provided for every student to verify age eligibility:

  • Official birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Official government-provided identity card (e.g., driver’s license, green card, permanent resident card)

If you do not have either of these documents, please contact our admissions advisors at 1-888-260-4159 or POAadmissions@pearson.com to discuss acceptable alternatives.

Not Sure Where to Get An Official Document?

As a reminder, enrollment age eligibility is as follows:

  • Kindergarten: Any student enrolling in kindergarten must be five (5) years old on or before September 1 in the school year for which you are enrolling.
  • High School: Students who are 21 years of age or older by September 1 may not enroll in Pearson Online Academy. A student who turns 21 during the school year may remain enrolled through the end of the year, but will be ineligible for enrollment the following year.

Important Documents

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Prior Academic Records

During the admissions process, a school representative works with families to place students in appropriate courses by reviewing provided academic information. All students will be asked to submit academic records for placement.

If a student’s academic records include international transcripts, the Pearson Online Academy advisor may determine that to adequately review these records and assess credit validity, the transcripts need to be translated and evaluated. This review is a separate process and all associated fees must be paid by the student/family in advance of the review being completed.

  • Report Card
    • For students applying for the second semester of kindergarten–ninth grade: Please submit a copy of the report card from the most recent school year.
    • For ninth-grade enrollment, students are required to show evidence of successful completion of eighth-grade-level coursework or the equivalent.
    • Students who are enrolling in tenth grade and above, and who have completed high school coursework, may transfer credits based on Pearson Online Academy’s Credit Transfer Policy.
    • The following items should be included on the report card:
    • Student Name
    • Grade Level
    • School Year (example: 2020–21)
    • School Name
    • Grading Scale (example: 90–100%=A)
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • For students applying for tenth–twelfth grade: Submit an unofficial transcript that includes the complete end-of-year grades from the prior school year and any academic documentation (such as a progress report/interim report, class schedule, or marking period/semester report card) issued for the prior school year. Additional documentation may be requested for placement.
    • The following items should be included on the unofficial transcript:
    • Student Name
    • Grade Level
    • School Year (example: 2020–21)
    • School Name
    • Grading Scale (example: 90–100%=A)
    • Credits Earned
  • Enrollment Notification and Request for Student Records Form
    • This form is used to request the student’s records from their previous school. This document is not sent to the school until all enrollment tasks are completed and the student is fully enrolled in Pearson Online Academy. This will serve as formal notification that Pearson Online Academy has enrolled this student for the indicated school year. It requests that the school release all official, cumulative school records for the student to Pearson Online Academy.

Homeschooled Students

If your children are currently homeschooled, please complete the appropriate form for kindergarten–eighth grade or high school, plus the enrollment notification and request for student records form. These documents will be available to you in the Pearson Online Classroom.

  • Prior Academic History Form
    For homeschooled students in kindergarten–eighth grade: Complete the Prior Academic History Form indicating what courses were completed through a homeschool curriculum.
  • High School Homeschool Credit Form
    For homeschooled students in ninth–twelfth grade: Complete the High School Homeschool Credit Form indicating any high school level courses completed through a homeschool curriculum.
  • Enrollment Notification and Request for Student Records Form
    For homeschooled students, this form is still required. There is a section for you to indicate that your student was previously homeschooled and that there is no previous public or private schooling within the last 12 months.

Ready to Apply?

Once you have all of the required documentation (outlined above), you are ready to proceed with private school enrollment in Pearson Online Academy.

Problems or Questions?

If you have any concerns or questions, our admissions advisors are here to help. Please call us at 1-888-260-4159.

Pearson Online Academy admits students and conducts all educational programs, activities, and employment practices without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, creed, sexual orientation, disability, or any other legally protected classification.