Why should I choose Pearson Online Academy?
Pearson Online Academy is a fully-accredited private school, providing dedicated teachers, top-notch curriculum, and
unprecedented freedom to choose when and where you complete each day’s assignments. Pearson Online
Academy’s rigorous yet flexible academic program helps students prepare for college and develop real-world
skills for employment in the 21st century.
Is Pearson Online Academy accredited?
Pearson Online Academy is accredited by the Middle
States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). Pearson Online Academy is also accredited
by the following accrediting divisions of AdvancED: the Southern
Association of Colleges & Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS
CASI), the Northwest Accreditation
Commission (NWAC) and the North Central
Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI). These organizations
are regional accrediting organizations for higher education institutions recognized by the Council for Higher
Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.
What do current parents think about Pearson Online Academy?
Every year we ask Pearson Online Academy and Connections Academy families to rate our program. Check out our latest
parent survey results.
Does Pearson Online Academy have an attendance requirement?
Pearson Online Academy does not have an attendance requirement, but to ensure that students are actively
participating in their learning, Pearson Online Academy does have Curriculum Based Assessments (CBA). CBAs are
informal conversations between a teacher and the student on a recent lesson that has been completed. It is an
opportunity for the teacher to see how they can help out the student, and for the student to ask them any questions
outside of a LiveLesson. A CBA must be completed in all K-12 core courses each semester in order to earn credit.
Who teaches students at Pearson Online Academy?
Pearson Online Academy employs trained and licensed teachers, experienced academicians, and innovative thinkers in
their fields, all of whom are experienced in teaching in a virtual classroom. All teachers have bachelor's
degrees and many have master's degrees. Pearson Online Academy provides ongoing teacher training and
professional development opportunities throughout the year as well.
What kind of support does a virtual teacher provide to his/her students?
Pearson Online Academy’s professional teachers provide personal support to students, working one-on-one
with students for instruction, reviewing assignments/assessments, and answering general questions. Students needing
special accommodations will receive the same level of help they would receive if attending a traditional school.
Who is responsible for reading and grading students’ course work done at Pearson Online Academy?
Pearson Online Academy students’ assignments are evaluated solely by their assigned teacher(s) who review and
grade all work in much the same way as a traditional teacher would review it.
What is the schedule for the school year?
The School Year Calendar includes the first and last days of school,
as well as scheduled holidays.
What hours will my student’s teacher be available to my student?
Generally teachers are available daytime hours during the week. However, teachers are willing to accommodate student
needs and make appointments if a student is unavailable. Teachers provide detailed contact information to all their
classes, including days/time they hold virtual office hours, on or prior to the first day of school.
What hours will my student attend school at Pearson Online Academy?
Because Pearson Online Academy is an online school, students have enormous flexibility about when they attend
classes. Students may engage in course work at any time (including evenings and weekends), and from any location(s)
that suits their individual needs. However, students should be aware that while they have great flexibility
completing their lessons and assessments, they must adhere to the due dates and deadlines assigned by their
Students have access to their schedule, lessons and assessments via Connexus®, our education
management system. Students and Learning Coaches will be able to see up-to-the-minute data on student grades, as
well as lesson and assessment completion, through Connexus.
How, and how often, will my student interact with his/her teacher and/or other students?
Students have the opportunity to communicate daily with their teacher. Depending on the course, students may have the
opportunity to interact with other students in a virtual classroom setting via LiveLesson®
Will I need to purchase books or materials for my courses?
All books and instructional materials for the course will be provided to the student. For more detailed information,
refer to the FAQ on "How do I purchase a print copy of a text book?” for
more details. Our program features curriculum developed by leading educational publishers. Basic school supplies
such as pens, paper, etc. are the responsibility of the student.
How do I purchase a print copy of a textbook?
Once your student's courses have been selected, we will then provide information regarding the purchase of hard
copies for your child’s course materials. Please note that additional textbook purchases are not required
since we use iTexts throughout our lessons. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact an admissions
advisor at 1-888-260-4159 or email POAadmissions@pearson.com, at any time.
What curriculum does Pearson Online Academy provide?
Pearson Online Academy provides comprehensive daily lesson plans online along with exciting elective courses. There
are hundreds of available courses. Our proven curriculum incorporates materials developed by leading educational
institutions such as McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, Houghton Mifflin as well as lessons and other resources developed
by our own curriculum specialists. Learn more about our curriculum.
Please visit here for more information about
our British international curriculum for students aged 14-18.
Do I need to return Pearson Online Academy books and instructional materials at the end of the semester?
Non-International families are expected to return their non-consumable materials at the end of the school year or
What technology will my student need to participate in Pearson Online Academy?
Students are required to provide their own computer equipment and should have high-speed Internet access. Please
review the minimum technical specifications.
What computer skills do Pearson Online Academy students need?
Students and Learning Coaches do not need advanced computer skills to attend Pearson Online Academy. We offer varying
levels of technology support, at no additional charge, to help students become comfortable with technology
- Orientation courses to familiarize students and parents with the Pearson Online Academy system
- Supplemental technology literacy programs to further develop additional technology skills
- Technology tutorials on everything from word processing to webpage design
Upon registration for a course, students will be given log-in information and basic instructions on the use of
Connexus®. The Help icon within Connexus will also help answer some of the fundamental questions
Can I use my Apple® Macintosh® computer to access Connexus, our education management
Yes, Connexus supports the use of Apple Macintosh systems. Please review the minimum technical specifications.